How To Create Family Reunion Invitiations

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If you are looking to make your family reunion an unforgettable event, you should start with a sharp looking invitation.  You can go to the store and buy them readymade, but in most cases, these are impersonal, and you may not find exactly what you want.  Creating invitations for your family reunion is not that hard, and the finished product will be immensely more pleasing.  When you create your own, you can add personal touches that represent your family and your shared memories.

  1. Start by choosing a theme for your invitation.  Does they reunion fall near a special family milestone?  If a couple is celebrating their 35th anniversary, or a family member is getting married, you may wish to include this in the theme of your invitation.  You might also want to use a photograph that has special memories for your family or find your family name crest.
  2. If nothing comes to mind, or you doubt your ability to produce something meaningful, search the Internet for examples of family reunion invitations.  Find something that looks good, and that you can use as a guide, to make one that will mean something to your family.
  3. You have two options for printing your invitations.  You should decide this before you begin to layout your design.  You can use paper that is folded in half or in quarters.  You can use printer paper if you are on a tight budget, or splurge for specialty paper from a craft store.  You could also use an invitation kit from a home office store or a craft store.  These choices can be found online.
  4. Once you have your card type chosen, you can use a computer program to layout what you want it to say, and add pictures and other special touches.  There are many software programs that can help you with this.  Hallmark Card Studio Deluxe is one such program.  You can also use a photo editor like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Pagemaker, or Picture It.
  5. For a more professional look, choose one font and use it for the entire invitation.  This will give your family reunion invitation a smoother look.  Choose high quality photographs or graphics.  There are thousands of graphics available online, and many are free for personal use.
  6. Remember to include relevant information in your invitation.  Your family will want to know where the reunion is, how to get there, when it starts, how to contact you or RSVP, and if they should bring anything with them.  Triple check all dates, times, and directions to avoid confusion.
  7. Once you have your invitation laid out, you want to print a trial run. Do this on ordinary printer paper to see how it comes out.  Set your printer to the highest print quality and print out a few samples.  Give one of the samples to someone else to proofread.  You don't want to find any mistakes after you have printed all of the invitations.
  8. After you are sure everything is perfect, go ahead and print your family reunion invitations.  Double check that your printer is set on the highest quality.  Remember to keep an eye on them and be careful not to stack the newly printed invitations together right away.  Even though most ink dries instantly, you don't want to take the chance that your finished product will be smeared.
  9. For a finishing touch, you can add ribbon or other embellishments to your invitation.  Look through your local craft store for inspiration if you wish to add something, but you have no idea what to choose.
  10. Be sure to mail your family reunion invitations well in advance of the event, and double check with your post office to be sure you are using the proper amount of postage.  You don't want the invitations returned to you because you didn't have them weighed first.

 

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