Guest Post: DIY Invitation Styles

The most important thing to consider when deciding on an invitation style is the nature of your event. On a scale of fraternity party to wedding, how formal is it? How much in your budget are you willing to spend?

Here are some different style tips to consider:


  • A nicely scripted and handwritten invitation is great for smaller events with less than 50 people since they take up more time.
  • They are more personal and appreciated by guests, especially for thank-you notes.
  • Make sure to choose pretty paper or stationary to write on.
  • They are well suited for dinner or cocktail parties, luncheons, and private receptions.
  • Recommended for people with great penmanship.


  • These are highly popular in this day and age for more informal events.
  • They are a great way to send the message quickly and save time as well as resources.
  • Facebook is often the most popular choice in sending online invitations since it is easy to notify all of your contacts.
  • Note that e-vites may be easier, but they are harder to receive RSVPs from all of your guests.
  • Do not send them too far in advance because people may forget about the event.
  • Best used for birthday parties, themed parties, and annual events.

Digitally Printed:

  • They are fast and inexpensive to print compared to letterpress and can look very sophisticated if done right.
  • Many people use these invitations for weddings, graduations, save-the-dates, and bridal or baby showers. They can be used for less formal events as well.
  • Digital printing produces a flat image without any texture and prints directly from a digital file on a computer.
  • In order to make the invitation look professionally done, use a design that bleeds, which means it extends to the edge of the paper so there are no white margins. You should create the design slightly larger than the final cut size.
  • Be sure to choose the most appropriate paper that feels professional. Linen, cotton linen, or felt weave will get the job done.

Happy Planning!


Meghan is a smart, stylish, savvy, Clemson University student with plans to go into PR or Event Planning. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram!

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