Family Reunion Invitations

Published: 29th April 2010
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In charge of planning this year's family reunion? Sending out family reunion invitations makes the event even more special. Not only will increase the excitement about the reunion, but you can also include important details about the event on the invitation to make sure that everyone is prepared. Here are some great ideas for creating family reunion invitations that will be especially memorable.

As with any event you are planning, start with a specific budget. While you may be tempted to print out the family reunion invitations at home, it is likely that a professional will do a better job overall. Especially for larger reunions (more than 50 invitations), you'll want to take your design ideas to a professional and have invitations created at a professional copy shop.

You'll also need to select a format for the family reunion invitations. This is another area where a professional printer can be invaluable. They will have invitation templates you can choose from, or most have a graphic designer on staff if you want to create something that is completely custom. The format will influence how large each of the documents will be, as well as the amount of time that it will take for you to complete the invitation. Usually, it's ideal to make the document about the size of a postcard. Except under unusual circumstances, this should be enough space for you to include all the details about the family reunion without having to pay extra for additional graphics and may even help you save on postage.

Keep it as simple as possible when it comes to family reunion invitations. One graphic at the top of the invitation is usually sufficient. What kind of graphic? It depends on your family. Do you have a crest? Some sort of mascot? Family photos or clip art can also be a good choice. A picture from a past reunion would be a great idea. Once you've chosen your graphic, you should add the details. Let all your family members know the date and time of the event, as well as when to RSVP. Give driving directions to the family reunion location if necessary, and include details about any special clothing or supplies that the family may need.

If you have a particularly large family consider creating some response cards to go with your family reunion invitations. This will make it easier for everyone to RSVP and will increase the likelihood that you'll get responses from everyone. Be sure to ask not only which family members will be present for the reunion, but how many people they plan on bringing with them. Don't forget to proof the invitations before you take them to a professional. You want to make sure that all the words are spelled correctly and that the messages on the invitations are clear in order to avoid confusion.

Family reunions are a lot of fun, but let's face it, they're also a lot of work for someone. If you're the one in charge of planning this year's shindig, do yourself a favor. Find a local printer to help you with the invitations and response cards. That way you can easily check off one of the items on your list and move on to something else.


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