How to Design Small Direction Maps for a Wedding Reception

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Wedding invitations often are the first impression guests will receive about your wedding. When creating maps to go with your invitation, you need to make sure that the maps appear clean and professional. The use of image-editing software will help you make a map that will impress your guests and help them find their way to your wedding location. You will want to include a map with your invitation if you have a destination wedding or a wedding where guests will have to travel.

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Things you need

  • Map
  • Scanner
  • Image-editing software
  • Printer
  • Stationery or card stock

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    Scan a map of your wedding site onto your computer. Try to find a localised map at your welcome centre, or use a map located in your phone book.

  2. 2

    Save the scanned file into your computer. Once you are satisfied with the scanned image, save it in a location on your computer that will be easy to find such as the desktop.

  3. 3

    Open the map in an image-editing program. If the map includes a wide area, zoom into the map until you can see the wedding site. Scale the map down to a size no larger than the invitation so that it fits in the same envelope as the invites.

  4. 4

    Insert clear directions underneath the map. Include written directions with the map to help guests get to where they are going. If you know where the guests live, try to write the directions from their house to the location. You can achieve this by typing the locations into the map feature on most popular search engines.

  5. 5

    Add clip art and pictures to the map. Use clip art that represents landmarks, such as the grocery store, a local church and malls, to help your guests on their journey. For instance, you can find clip art that resembles a church, such as a cross or steeple, and insert it where the church will be on the map.

  6. 6

    Print the map out on test paper. Make sure that the map looks clear, professional and easy to read. Ask someone to look at the map to see if it could use any improvement. Then, print the final maps on nice stationery or heavy card stock.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a popular search engine to find a map to use. Once you type in the wedding site location, right-click on the map, and save it to your computer to insert into image-editing software so that it fits with your wedding invitation package.

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