Giving out an invitation is not only the best method to inform your guests that they are invited to your event, but it is the most professional manner in doing so. Invitations have been around for the longest time, and they will continue to be sold at a high rate (both traditional and digital invitations) for decades to come.
The holidays are just around the corner, so if you are planning to host a party, whether a house party, office party, or any other type of party, we have got you covered. We have provided some templates and examples that you can download for free, and we also provided some simple tips in creating a holiday invitation. Check them out below!
Here are the elements of a holiday invitation. You should include all the elements when creating the invitation as it increases the chances of the guests you invited attending your event.
1. Name of the host: Since you are the host, you should definitely place your name in the holiday invitation. Placing your name in the invitation informs the guests who are inviting them for the event. Of course, guests will surely not be attending an event if they are not informed of the person or persons inviting them in the first place. Place your name on the topmost corner of the invitation and the font size you will be using for your name should not be too large.
2. Invitational: The invitational is basically your invitation. It is usually a single sentence or a phrase that formally invites your guests to the event, such as “Please join us in celebrating…” or “We are formally inviting you…,” to name a few.
3. Event name: The event name is one of the most important parts of a holiday invitation. The size of the event name should comprise the largest font size in the holiday invitation. Additionally, it should be placed at the center of the invitation. The event name should also be specific and should not comprise of abbreviations and numbers.
4. Date and time: Aside from the event name, the date and time also bear great importance in the invitation. The guests will certainly want to know when the event will start and what day it will occur. Since it will be the holidays, your guests will most likely be busy during the holiday season, so make sure to specify the date and time so that they can clear their schedule ahead of time.
5. Venue: If your guests are aware of the date and time, but they don’t know where the event will be held, then your invitation will be useless. The venue should be very specific (i.e. room number, name of building, name of street, city, etc.). List down the event in clear and readable fonts.
6. Reply instructions (RSVP): Reply instructions can also act as your RSVP. This information is very important as you want to confirm the number of guests attending your event. For the reply instructions, list down the name of the contact person your guests will be contacting as well as the said person’s contact number for confirmation purposes. Don’t forget to list down the deadline of the RSVP in the invitation as you will need the final number of guests for budgeting purposes.
Here are some simple tips in creating a excellent holiday invitation layout.
1. Choose between portrait or landscape orientation: You have two options for your holiday invitation page orientation: portrait or landscape. The choice is up to you on the orientation you will use as there are no strict rules on what orientation you will eventually choose as the layout for your holiday invitation. But it is highly suggested to use a portrait orientation if you will be incorporating numerous images while it is suggested to use a landscape orientation if you will be using numerous text in the invitation (but take note to avoid writing too much text in the invitation for the invitation to avoid being too wordy).
2. Choose vibrant colors: Since you are creating an invitation for the holidays, choose vibrant colors. These types of colors don’t have to be bright as you can choose colors that are related to the holiday season such as gold, red, green, yellow, and orange. You can spread out the colors in the invitation especially if you will incorporate multiple pages in the invitation. Use one color for and different colors for the images and background.
3. Emphasize holiday-related images or pictures: Holiday-related images or pictures will be the core of your holiday invitation. You simply want to avoid incorporating text only in the holiday invitation as the invitation will simply look bland. There are thousands of holiday-related images or pictures you can use for the invitation, take for example Santa Claus, a reindeer, a Christmas tree, Christmas lights, snow flakes, and stars, just to name a few.
4. Make text readable: The invitation will never be effective if the text is not clear nor readable. Even if the invitation is very attractive but the text is lacking and blurry/pixelated, then your guests still will not attend your event. Make sure your guests will be able to read the text in the holiday invitation, especially the date, time, and location. Similar to the images or graphics, you can spread out the text especially if the invitation has multiple pages (bifold or trifold).
Follow these steps when designing a good holiday invitation.
1. Create a concept: Before you start creating the invitation, you should first create a concept. Brainstorm on the ideas you want to incorporate in the holiday invitation and if you have decided on the final design, proceed with the next step.
2. Choose page orientation, invitation type, and size: While creating the concept, you should also decide on the page orientation as well as the invitation type and invitation size. The orientation, type, and size are further discussed in the sections below.
3. Create layout for text: Once you’ve decided on the essentials of the invitation, it’s now time to create the actual layout of the holiday invitation—starting with the text. If you only have one page for the entire invitation, spread out the text in the only page of the invitation. If you have multiple pages, of course you will be spreading the text in multiple pages of the invitation. Text placement is also very important in the invitation, as you don’t want to place all the text in one corner or area.
4. Create layout design: Once you’re done with the text layout, you can move on with the layout design. Decide on the images, pictures, and colors you will be incorporating and create a layout on the placement of these elements.
5. Review and revise (if necessary): After creating the overall design of the the holiday invitation, you should then review and revise the invitation if there are errors with the layout and typography. If you are good with the final design, it’s now time to print the holiday invitation.
Listed below are the types of holiday invitation. Choose which one will be the best fit for your invitation.
Looking for the perfect size for your holiday invitation? Take a look at these sizes:
We hope you found this article to be informative as well as helpful when you will be creating your own holiday invitation.