Invitations are a tried-and-tested way of expressing a sense of gratitude to family, friends, or any special guest. These printed sheets or documents have written text that shows the importance of the guest to the host. It persuades the guest(s) to attend the occasion. Be it for personal or official purpose, an invitation goes extra miles in exciting the attendees. Not only the design, but the right invitation size is also necessary to leave a lasting impression on the recipient.
Standard invitation size
Dimensions for standard invitation sizes include:
3.5 x 4.88 in
7 x 4.88 in
4 x 5.25 in
8 x 5.25 in
4.25 x 5.5 in
8.5 x 5.5 in
4.5 x 6.25 in
9 x 6.25 in
5.13 x 7 in
10.5 x 7 in
5.38 x 7.88 in
10.63 x 7.88 in
5.63 x 8.63 in
11.5 x 8.63 in
5.88 x 9.25 in
11.75 x 9.25 in
5.5 x 5.5 in
5.5 x 11 in
6.25 x 12.5 in
6.25 x 12.5 in
GREAT INVITATION EXAMPLES FOR IDEAS & INSPIRATION
How to create an invitation card with Designhill?
All set to create invitations for your upcoming official or personal event? Designhill’s invitation maker is a DIY tool that incredibly simplifies the task. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to create an invitation card on your own.
Sign up to Designhill, create an account and launch the invitation maker. Choose from hundreds of pre-created invitation templates based on your needs. If needed, you can create one from scratch too. Don’t worry about the dimensions, as each card carries a standard invitation size. Even if you use a template, there is no restriction on uploading your own image or choosing one from the library.
Customize any part of the invitation template; add text, shapes, graphics, colors of your choice and you’re done.
The back part of an invitation may include information related to manufacturing, distribution, design, or other info; if applicable. The back part can also be left blank though. In case the invitation doesn’t have a fold or no inner section, the back part of it can be used for the hand-written or printed message.
For the folded invitation, the inner or middle part holds the hand-written or printed message. This section provides the most important details such as — the event venue, who is celebrating, why is it being celebrated, and more.
It’s the final element of an invitation card. An envelope is meant to protect the card by providing it a cover. As far as the invitation envelope sizes are concerned, it’s marginally larger than the card itself so that the card could fit inside it easily. Some consider A1 envelope size for the same purpose.
Some event organizers include RSVP cards with the original invitation that let the recipients respond easily. Although it’s optional, the RSVP card comes with a flat design. It carries the information either on the front or back.
Invitation card mistakes to avoid
Adding too much text
Some invitations carry too much text. They may seem appealing at first, but it becomes difficult for the recipient to focus on a certain point. So, it’s better to avoid them in the first place. Include a decent amount of text for a clutter-free appearance.
It’s a very common but embarrassing problem to have your guests’ names misspelled. Before sending our invitations, it’s important to proofread the name and other content.
Not ordering extra envelopes
Ordering extra envelopes isn’t just a necessity but a witty step. Addressing hundreds of invitations is a tough task and you’ll need at least a few extra envelopes to correct the mistakes made during the invites.
Ordering invitations too late
To address and assemble, you need enough time. Order invitations a few months in advance and make sure you have them mailed to your recipients at least a few weeks before the event.
Choosing a generic design
You want your invitation card to entice the recipients the moment they open it. That’s what a good invitation will do. Picking a generic image could be off-putting; so go for an image that not only matches the theme but also attracts the receivers.
How to create an eye-catching invitation card
Some of the best ideas for an eye-catching invitation card include —
Start with the card dimensions — your card dimensions may vary depending on the context and event type. So, consider the dimensions accordingly before getting started with the designing part.
Consider color theory — be intentional about color use and don’t include any color just because it looks good. Different color pairs create a specific tone. Also, every color carries a certain meaning that you should keep in mind.
Find the right visual style — visual style affects the appearance of an invitation card together with illustrations, color schemes, and typography. Choosing the right style may seem daunting at first as there are different directions to go. Do a bit of research work to find the best style for your card. Create a mood-board for help.
Use design templates — choosing a predesigned invitation template is the best way to start with the designing part. They come handy when you’re not familiar with design skills or if you’re short on time.
Align text in the correct way — in any design, positioning text correctly is essential. Since invitations do not have long paragraphs or too much text, it’s better to choose the center-align.
Invitation templates are a great escape for non-designers and designers alike. They shun the need to create an invitation from scratch. However, there are some who will utilize actual images to create a fresh invitation. Whichever way you go, there are various platforms you can pull images/templates from.
These platforms include —
Platforms for free stock photos such as Unsplash, Pexels, StockSnap can be utilized for free stock photos for commercial use. On the other hand, Designhill, Canva, Evite, etc. are great to source invitation templates.
Whether you’re sending a digital invitation through an email or a print design through a mail, having a professional design is pretty crucial. It goes a long way in informing the recipient about the venue, event, host, and other details. With the standard invitation size, your invitation card can leave a lasting impression on the receiver.
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