Most families hold reunions every year. Larger families or clans may opt to do it every 2 to 5 years since it can be difficult to get everyone in one place at a single date and time. Whatever the case may be, you will need to send out invitations to each member in order to inform them of the upcoming event. Creating the invitations for the reunion is quite easy and you don’t need to be an expert in computers to do it. This being said, here are some easy steps on how to do it using a simple program like Microsoft Word.
- Search for templates. Why even create the invite from scratch when you can just use an existing template? Well, using an existing template is more practical and will definitely save you time in designing the invitation. The great thing about Microsoft is that they really make it easy on the user. By visiting office.microsoft.com and browsing through the invitation templates there, you will be able to find one you can use. Download the template and launch MS Word with it.
- Resize. Once the template has been loaded through MS Word, start setting the parameters of the document. Although the template already follows a specific size and dimension, you can still effectively resize it to your liking. Technically, a great invitation will be in the form of a postcard since it is simple and straightforward.
- Insert the elements. The important part of the invitation is always the content, which is typically composed of the particulars of the event. This will involve entering the date of the reunion, the venue, the time, and other pertinent information about it. Obviously, you will want the invite to state the family name as well as the event, which is the reunion. Now, you can insert a lot more elements if you so desire such as a photo or logo. However; this will be dependent on the actual design of the template. At the end of the invite, make sure that you place the RSVP info there so that each person you send the invitation to will know how to confirm attendance.
- Simplicity is key. Invitations need not be fancy or jazzed up. The best invitations should be as simple as it gets. This being said, it would be a good idea to keep the graphics and the images to a minimum. Now, if you really want to go to town on the design, then it is really up to you however; it won’t be practical especially when it comes to printing each invite out.
- Print the invitations. Once you complete designing the invitation, review it and prepare it for printing. You might want to use cardstock for the invites and for the printer, use a colored inkjet printer. If you want to go the professional way, then you can settle with the more expensive option, having it printed by at a print shop.
As soon as you finish printing, insert the invitations into envelopes
and lick the stamps. Once that is done, send it out and wait for the
responses. If you are sending out e-invitations, then you can easily
send out the digital copy of the invite via email.