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Back in the days, chalkboards were the prime in large-scaled writing and teaching materials, and they really did serve their purpose. Another reason for the popularity of chalkboards is their inexpensive and easy-to-create nature. However, everything is different now, and chalkboards are no longer as commonly-used as they did back then.
But even so, it doesn’t mean that chalkboards have already been wiped out from existence, there are still many other ways that we can incorporate them to the modern generation, like using it as a theme for invitations. Specifically, this article is about wedding invitation templates, but every single template below has a chalkboard theme.
There are various ways of determining how good an invitation is, and one of them is through the elements that have been included on the invitation. The elements should be enough to provide readers with all the relevant information they need regarding the gathering that they have been invited to. Below is a list of the elements that should be found on a good wedding invitation.
1. Invitation statement: When we say invitation statement, this refers to the statement which informs the reader that they have been invited to a particular gathering. In other invitations, this statement is usually preceded by the name of the host, but for wedding invitations, you can proceed directly to the statement and follow it with the names of the to-be-wedded couple.
2. Names of the bride and groom: As mentioned earlier, the invitation statement should be followed by the names of the bride and groom, and this informs the reader whose wedding they are being invited to. When writing this, always start with the bride’s name first before the groom’s.
3. Names of the parents: Many wedding invitations don’t have this element since it is usually overlooked or easily neglected. The reason for adding this element is it acknowledges the presence of the parents of the bride and groom, as they also serve as witnesses to their children’s marriage.
4. Date and time of the wedding: Obviously, these two elements should go hand in hand in informing readers exactly when the wedding will be held. Since this is a wedding invitation, the way of writing the date and time would be different than most other types of invitations. You are not allowed to use abbreviations and number, rather, you will need to spell out every word completely.
5. Location of the wedding ceremony: Here is another very important element on any type of invitation, and this identifies to readers where the wedding is going to take place. For weddings that will have both the ceremony and reception held at the same place, you may just indicate one address on the invitation.
6. Location of the wedding reception: There may be instances wherein the location of the wedding reception is different from the wedding ceremony, which forces you to indicate both addresses on the invitation. To avoid creating confusion, however, make sure to specify which address is for the ceremony and for the reception.
7. RSVP: Weddings can either be lavishing or simple, but given that they are formal gatherings, you will need to use an RSVP with your invitations. This element serves to inform the reader that they are strongly encouraged by the host to respond to the invitation on or before the indicated date.
8. Lists of sponsors and guests with assigned roles: A common addition usually only seen on wedding invitations are the lists of the sponsors and those people who have been assigned roles for either the ceremony or the reception. This includes the principal and secondary sponsors, the groomsmen, the bridesmaids, the best man, and the maid of honor.
9. A flow of events: Another addition seen on wedding invitations is the program which lists the flow of the events that will take place throughout the event. This usually starts with the wedding ceremony and then followed by a more detailed description of what will happen during the reception.
There are actually numerous templates out there that are equally as stunning and useful as the ones below, but we simply narrowed it down to just ten to help you make a decision easily. Don’t worry, every single one of these invitation card templates was professionally-designed and are fully editable.
Even the best artists need to be reminded of how to do things in order for them to be consistent with their work. Below is a step-by-step process on how you’ll be able to design a great and effective chalkboard wedding invitation. Take note, that this is simply to guide you in the process, and you may or may not do all of it.
1. Write a draft of the invitation statement: Considering that the invitation statement is the first element on the invitation card’s hierarchy of content, it should also be the first one that you should prepare. When writing the draft, always think of the person on the receiving end, and be sincere and truthful about what you want to say to them.
2. Prepare the necessary images or photos: You can always help enhance the design of your invitation cards by adding at least one or two photos, overdoing it may cause the invitation to look messy. You might want to add images of the couple, or you might want to simply decorate the design by applying ornate borders. Whichever you’re going for, be sure to prepare what you need early in the process.
3. Make a list of the people who have roles in the wedding: We mentioned in the elements section that wedding invitations come with a list of the guests who have been assigned roles in the wedding. Most people have already prepared this list prior to making their invitations. If you haven’t done this yet, then now is the best time to do it.
4. Download a wedding invitation template: After preparing everything you need for the wedding invitation, you can then choose from any of the wedding invitation templates that you have just seen in this article. And of course, once you have chosen a template that works for you, you can go ahead and download it.
5. Edit the downloaded template: The invitation templates found within this article are all fully and easily editable, and as long as you’re using the right editing tool, you’ll be able to do what you want with them. Editing the invitation template involves adding content and new elements to it, while also removing the unnecessary ones that come with the template.
6. Proofread the content on the invitation: Proofreading involves ensuring that the content is free from any form of error, and this helps to make the content worth reading. Experts would recommend proofreading your work more than once, and you may even be allowed to do it during the early stages in the process.
7. Print and send out your invitations: The final step in the process of designing wedding invitations is printing out copies and sending them out. When doing so, make sure to use durable card stock and high-quality ink toner. And once the invitations have been printed, you can then send them out to their corresponding recipients.
To further assist in your process of designing your own wedding invitation, here are a few tips that you might want to look into to ensure that your invitation’s layout becomes excellent. While the focus of these tips is those who have never tried making their own wedding invitations, they may also come in handy for those who are already experienced.
Invitations come in so many types, and some of them even have similarities in terms of where and how they are being used. Going through the list below, you’ll learn not only what or where each type of invitation is used, but also how the content is being written and the tone of voice used.
1. Event invitations: Considered as one of the most common types, the event invitation is the safest choice to use for any form of social gathering, and this type of invitation is capable of holding more than enough details for the readers to learn about the event.
2. Wedding invitations: Yes, weddings are still considered events, but they are written as a different type because they only serve one purpose—for inviting people to a wedding ceremony. Wedding invitations usually come with an RSVP, a list of guest roles, and a program (you may refer to the list of elements above for more details).
3. Handwritten invitations: Unlike all the other types of invitations, this one requires a lot more patience and effort to make, and the reason for that is because its contents are actually written manually by hand. This type of invitation is best used for smaller and more intimate events, those that don’t exceed fifty guests.
4. Electronic invitations: This type of invitation no longer needs to be printed out, they can be sent right away after beautifying the design and writing the content. Electronic invitations are just like the email, they are both sent and received through the internet.
Not only are there multiple types of invitations to choose from, but there are also various sizes for them. The smallest invitation card has a measurement of 5.25 by 7 inches when folded, and the largest one has a measurement of 11.75 by 9.25 inches when unfolded. Feel free to go through the list of sizes below to choose which one works best with the type of invitation that you have chosen.
Before we proceed to the conclusion, here are a few questions that have been frequently asked regarding invitations. These questions (and more of them) can actually be found all over the internet, and we simply went for those questions that may useful in this scenario. Feel free to check out the questions and their corresponding answers below.
Even if people already know about the wedding and that they’ve been invited (informally), the invitations serve to keep them reminded of the details.
Heavy card stock is commonly used for making invitations, these are thicker, stiffer, and highly durable.
To recap what you have just seen in this article, you were able to read a list of its components, instructions on how to design invitations, the different types and sizes, and some FAQs. But the best part of all is the collection of chalkboard invitation templates, and this completes everything in this article.