Holidays are just around every corner, and they’re peeking out to greet you when the day comes. But even before those days actually come, a whole bunch of parties and gatherings usually take place to set the mood for the actual celebration. And of course, when there are gatherings, there will also be invitations.
If you’re the person in charge in preparing invitations for the event, then you are definitely in the right place. When you scroll down, you will come across a collection of holiday invitation templates that you can download and edit. With these templates, you’ll get your task done in no time.
Elements of a Good Holiday Invitation
- The host: When a party is planned, the person responsible in planning it is referred to as the host. However, there are also times wherein the host and the event planner are two different persons, but these are almost never applicable in small events. But then again, if you’re planning a large holiday event and you need the services of a professional event planner, you don’t actually need to indicate their name on the invitation, just the name of the host themselves.
- The event type: After acknowledging the host on the invitation, indicate what type of event is going to be held since simply calling it a “holiday” party is too broad of a term. This way, the invitee will have an idea of what the party is about or what they can expect from the party.
- The message: While this is no longer necessary in single-paged invitations, this is an important element in other types of invitations since this thoroughly explains the event from the host’s perspective as well as provides information for the reader. The message is considered as the primary element of the invitation, and readers will be able to get all the needed details here.
- The date: This is the element that informs the invitee when the event will take place. If the event is formal-themed, you may need to write the date in complete words without using abbreviations or numbers. Also, when writing the date, it should always consist of the month, day, and year.
- The time: When making invitations, the date is never enough and you should also indicate the time that the event will take place. Unless all of your planned guests are in the military, you should write the time in a standard format.
- The place: This element refers to the venue where the event will be held, and when writing it, be sure to include the street address of the location even if you’re sure that everybody is familiar where it is. For formality or practicality, write the entire street address of the place.
- The attire: Specifying the dress code or attire on the invitation is usually only applicable for formal events and costume parties. However, you may also incorporate a dress code for your holiday party. You may want to mention about wearing something red and green, or wear accessories that promote the spirit of Christmas.
- The phone number: And lastly, the host’s contact number. If in case there are last minute adjustments on the part of the guest, or if they are unable to find the venue, they may refer to the contact details provided on the invitation to get in touch with the host or somebody among those responsible in putting together the event.
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Steps to Design a Good Holiday Invitation
1. Sketch the layout: Before you begin designing your invitation, do you know what the theme of your event is? If so, then incorporate that theme on to the design. Having the theme of your invitation match the theme of your event can create a sense of consistency, which actually helps in building a positive impression.
2. Write the content: After deciding on a theme, decide on how big you want your invitation cards. Invitations come in various sizes, and you’ll find out more about it below. For now, just take note that it is important for you to decide on a size first so you’ll have an initial idea on how much space is allotted to you.
3. Download a template: While adding a personal touch to an invitation is indeed a good idea, you may still be able to do so even if you choose to use pre-designed templates. These templates can be found all over the internet and can be downloaded very easily. This way, you won’t have to start all the way from the bottom and you’ll have an idea on what you’ll be working with in order to make beautiful and appropriate holiday invitations.
4. Edit the template: In terms of templates, not only are they easy to download, but they are also relatively easy to edit as well. With the templates that you have just seen in this article, they actually allow you edit each element on the design individually while still keeping the quality as high and as fresh as its raw copy. However, in order for you to be able to fully edit the template and its elements, you will need to use the appropriate editing tool for it, so always take note of the file format that you have downloaded.
5. Finalize: The last step in the process of designing invitations is to apply the final touches to the design and to proofread the content for any spelling and/or grammar errors. When finalizing the design, have another person check it with you and gather their opinion. If further editing is required, then do whatever is necessary. But if everything is already good, then you can proceed to having it published or printed out.
Simple Tips for an Excellent Holiday Invitation Layout
- Don’t add too many elements, this might clutter up the design of your invitations, which is never a good thing.
- Organize the elements well and apply a reasonable amount of white space to prevent the design from looking cramped up.
- Regardless of the theme of the invitation, you should always go for a font that’s both creative and easy to read.
Types of Invitations
- Handwritten Invitations: This type of invitations indeed have a handwritten message on it, and the graphics could either be printed digitally or also illustrated by hand. Regardless of how the graphics are incorporated onto the design, the main feature of this type of invitation is its handwritten content, which may seem like a lot of work, but these invitations are meant only for smaller and more intimate events.
- Flat Invitations: This type of invitation indeed lives up to its name—they are a flat, one-sheet, simple invitation cards that are perfect for casual or not-too-formal events. Since this type of invitation consists of only one page, they are very easy to design and they are also the cheapest.
- Folded Invitations: This type of invitation is basically just the flat type, but comes with a single fold right in the middle of the design. The fold will result in a total of four panels (two front panels and two rear panels), although only two or three of the four panels will be used. The reason behind this is because filling out all panels will often result in a cluttered layout, which is most people will only be using the first, third, and fourth panels, leaving the second blank.
- Business Invitations: This type of invitation can actually be used in two different ways: they can be used to invite employees to a meeting or conference, or they can also be used to invite businesses into becoming another’s business partner. As the name suggests, these invitations are all related to businesses, whether it is to invite people to events or to initiate a professional relationship.
- Electronic Invitations: Just like emails and electronic greeting cards, electronic invitations can be sent directly through the internet. If you choose to go digital or paperless, you will only need to edit them on the computer and then send it afterward without having to print it out. However, this type of invitation isn’t the most practical and people still find the traditional method better.
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 Holiday Invitations
What is an invitation card?
An invitation card is a card that contains a written or printed message, stating that there is an upcoming event and the host wishes to invite the reader to that event.
How should you write invitations?
- Keep the tone of your invitation consistent all throughout the invitation.
- Make sure that the name, date, and venue are written very clearly.
- Fix any spelling and/or grammar mistakes as soon as you see one.
Are you now set on making your own holiday invitations with the use of our templates? As long as you follow the steps and the tips provided, you have absolutely nothing to worry about. Rest assured that your holiday invitations will end up exceptionally stunning that your invitees would want to treasure them.