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How to Design Wedding Shower Invitations

Set the tone for a bridal shower with creative and thoughtful invitations

By Michelle Bolyn

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One of the first things you must consider when hosting a bridal shower is the theme of the event. The invitations, decorations, food and entertainment will revolve around the theme. You can design your own invitations using precut cardstock and matching envelopes or cardstock that you can cut yourself using a paper cutter. To make the invitations stand out, ask the bridesmaids for their help and spend one day designing, cutting, printing and decorating the invitations together. This will make the process easier and more fun.

  • What You Need to Know
  • Purchase cardstock and matching envelopes.
  • You'll need a paper cutter if you buy 8 1/2-by-11-inch paper.
  • Make sure that your shower invitations include critical information, including the date, time and location of the event, as well as registry information to find the bride's wishlist.

Step 1:

Pick out precut cardstock or 8 1/2-by-11-inch cardstock, and purchase matching envelopes. It's easier to print on light-colored paper, so stick with whites, ivories or pastels. You can pick out the same color envelopes or a coordinating color, such as light yellow cardstock and gray envelopes. If needed, cut the paper to the desired size.

Step 2:

Decide what type of software you're going to use to design the invitation. You could use Microsoft Word and stick with a simple, yet elegant design or you could use Adobe Illustrator or some other design program to have more options.

Step 3:

Make a rough draft with your design program, including the wording. You'll need to include the bride's name; date, time and location of the event; and details about the couple's registry. Try different fonts and colors to see what looks best and what fits the theme.

Step 4:

Portray the theme to the guests, so they'll know what to expect. For example, if you're hosting a spa bridal party at your home, state something like, "Come relax in honor of Amy with a day of spa treatments. Don't forget to bring a robe and slippers."

Step 5:

Add clipart or self-designed images to the invitation, or you could buy a couple of packages of stickers to add to the invitation after it's printed.

Step 6:

Finalize the invitation by having at least two other people review it for spelling and grammar errors.

Step 7:

Print the invitations at home or at office supply store.

Step 8:

Write or print the addresses of the guests on the envelopes.

Step 9:

Add any extra decorative items to the invitations, such as buttons, ribbon and beads. If you add these items, the postage could increase, so make sure you weigh an invitation at your post office so you'll know how much postage you need.

Step 10:

Stuff the envelopes with the invitations, and they're ready to mail once you add postage. You can order customized stamps online, or ask your local postal worker for options.

  • Tips & Warnings
  • If you're having a casual bridal party, your invitations should not be over the top.
  • If you're not serving the guests a full meal, this should be reflected on the invitation. Host the event in the afternoon between lunch and dinner, and state something like, "Desserts and Coffee will be served," on the invitations.

About the Author

Michelle Bolyn regularly writes on weddings and relationships.

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