Most church events are formal and are driven by a specific purpose, which is why it is highly important to send out invitations when inviting people to a church event. That way, the reader will be provided with all the necessary information regarding the event, and in a polite and formal manner.
When it comes to designing an invitation, you can save yourself from the stress by using a template. Thankfully, we have an entire assortment of church invitation templates that you can download and use for your church event. Also, these templates are not only downloadable, but they are fully editable as well.
Elements of a Good Church Invitation
- Host’s Name: An event is always made possible because of a host, and host may either be a person or an organization. With regards to hosts, they are the person/s who are responsible in planning and setting up the event, though there may also be times wherein the host is simply the financer of the event and the planner is a different person, most probably a professional event planner. If this is the case, the invitation will still only indicate the name of the host, the planner need not be mentioned.
- Honoree’s Name: A church event will almost often be held for the purpose of celebrating the anniversary of either a person who’s highly recognized in the church, the church itself, or of a Saint. They are referred to as the honorees, and they are the reason why the event is held in the first place. On the invitation, you should indicate the honoree’s name in order for the reader to know the purpose why the event is held.
- Request Statement: In an invitation, the request statement can be as simple as telling the reader they have been invited to an event, or it can also consist of multiple paragraphs with the actual invitation phrase written within it. It is within this element that the reader finds out what the host is expecting from them, which is their presence in the event.
- Date and Time: This element is very self-explanatory and is a must in every invitation. This element provides the reader with information regarding what day and time the event will take place. There are instances wherein the time indicated on the invitation is a few minutes earlier than the time that the event will start, and this is to allow all guests to be accommodated comfortably when the event starts.
- Venue: Another must in every event invitation, and this element basically provides the reader with information regarding where the event is going to be held.
- Dress Code: And the last element that may be included on the invitation is the dress code. While this element is not really necessary with casual events—with the exception of costume parties—it is a must with formal events to indicate the dress code in order to inform readers that they should wear a formal attire if they are planning to attend the event. A good example of this would be weddings, wherein the invitation will not only inform the reader to wear something formal, but also inform them of the color motif.
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Steps to Designing a Good Church Invitation
1. Decide on the size: Would you rather go small and compact with your church invitations? Or would you rather make them big in order to really make an impact? When it comes to invitations, there are actually a lot of them that you can choose from. There is a list provided below for the different sizes of invitations that you can choose from, go for the one that best suits you and your event.
2. Write the content: A good invitation should be able to convey all the necessary information to the reader, and all of those have been discussed earlier in the list of elements that should be seen on an invitation. Take note of those elements, and simply add them on to your invitation design. But in order to make your invitation relevant and uncluttered, write down only those details that a reader needs to know regarding the event. In short, keep the content short and direct.
3. Download a template: Save yourself the time and effort by taking advantage of pre-designed templates that you can download from the internet. This way, you won’t need to start making your invitation templates from scratch, you will only be required to supply all the necessary details and rearrange the elements.
4. Edit the template: After you have downloaded a template, the next thing that you will need to do is to edit it. Here, you will simply need to add in the needed text, add and remove elements, and rearrange them on the layout. The great thing about the templates featured in this article is that they are all fully editable and are able to preserve their quality despite of all the modifications applied.
5. Finalize and proofread: And the last but definitely not the least step is to make the final touches to the design and see if it’s all looking according to how you want it. Also, proofread the content for any spelling errors because the slightest mistake can result in misleading the reader, so make sure everything is spelled correctly and that the time and date are also correct.
Simple Tips for an Excellent Church Invitation Layout
- Follow the hierarchy of content, this will make it a whole lot easier for the readers to read the written information.
- Enhance the look of the invitation card by adding graphical elements. If you’re planning to feature a guest, adding their portrait photo on the invitation would be a good idea.
- Add colors to the design, they can actually help in beautifying the design even more.
- Organize the elements and apply enough white space to prevent the design from looking cluttered.
Types of Invitations
- Handwritten Invitations: The content of this type of invitation is indeed written by hand, which makes it tedious and time consuming to make. The advantage, however, for this type of invitation is that allows the host to maximize the personal touches that they can add to the layout and content. Because of its stressful and time-consuming nature, this type is only ideal for events intended to accommodate a small crowd.
- Flat Invitations: The simplest and most basic type of invitation is the flat type. The reason why this is considered as the easiest to make is because it consists of only one sheet and you may choose to only use one side of the invitation card. Also, this type of invitation doesn’t require to be folded, which makes it even easier to design since you won’t need to worry about middle margins and the orientation during the printing.
- Folded Invitations: Here is the folded counterpart of the flat invitations, and you may choose to have it folded horizontally so it will resemble a booklet, or you may also have it folded vertically so you won’t need to change the arrangement of the inner layout, you will only need to add a cover page. Though the flat type is considered as the most basic among all the other types, this one is actually the most used type because of the level of excitement the fold is able to add.
- Pocket Invitations: Don’t be fooled by this type of invitation, it greatly packs a punch in terms of its content and amount of decorative elements despite of its small size. This type of traditional invitation is common in weddings and other formal events, which makes perfect sense because this type of invitation is indeed designed to impress.
- All-in-One Invitations: The reason why this type of invitation is referred to as an all-in-one is because the invitation card itself can be sent directly without having to put it inside an envelope. Additionally, this type of invitation also has its own RSVP printed on to the main card and can be detached so it can then be sent back to the host. Since this type of invitation no longer needs to be placed inside an envelope
- Electronic Invitations: First, we were introduced to the electronic mail, which is basically mailing but sent through the internet. And then there was the electronic greeting cards, which is basically greeting cards sent online. And now we have the electronic invitation, which is the type of invitation that no longer needs to be printed out and can be sent directly through the internet, just like an email and e-invitation. Though this type of invitation is not as formal as the other types, it is considered to be the practical choice of sending out long-distance invitations, especially when there is already insufficient time left.
Sizes of Invitations
- Standard: 5.13″ x 7″ (Folded); 10.5″ x 7″ (Unfolded)
- A1: 3.5″ x 4.88″ (Folded); 7″ x 4.88″ (Unfolded)
- A2: 4.25″ x 5.5.” (Folded); 8.5″ 5.5″ (Unfolded)
- A6: 4.5″ x 6.25″ (Folded); 9″ x 6.25″ (Unfolded)
- A8: 5.38″ x 7.88″ (Folded); 10.63″ x 7.88″ (Unfolded)
- A9: 5.63″ x 8.63″ (Folded); 11.5″ x 8.63″ (Unfolded)
- A10: 5.88″ x 9.25″ (Folded); 11.75″ x 9.25″ (Unfolded)
- Small Square: 5.5″ x 5.5″ (Folded); 5.5″ x 11″ (Unfolded)
- Medium Square: 6.25″ x 6.25″ (Folded); 6.25″ x 12.5″ (Unfolded)
- Large Square: 6.75″ x 6.75″ (Folded); 6.75″ x 13.5″ (Unfolded)
FAQs about Church Invitations
What is an invitation card?
An invitation is a written notification prepared and sent by one person to another, informing the latter that they have been invited to an event. An invitation usually comes with an RSVP, which is used by the invitee to confirm whether or not they are attending the said event.
What is RSVP?
The abbreviation stands for “Répondez s’il vous plaît“, which is French word that means “Please respond”.
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