Sending invitations through "snail mail" has become tedious, expensive and inconvenient. Now, you can simply design a custom invitation, customise fonts, colours and pictures, and send it through e-mail. You can choose between free online e-card services or practice your creativity with the invitation template in your word processor.
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Things you need
- Word processor
- Pictures saved to hard drive
Search for free e-card sites, such as Smile Box. Many free e-card sites allow you to use pre-made templates and customise them with your own pictures and music.
Download and install the free software, if necessary. Once you download this software, you will be able to use it from your computer without an Internet connection.
Open the program and choose your template. Click on text boxes to enter your own text. Customise the header, personal message and details about the party.
Upload music or pictures files from your hard drive. Place pictures where they look best and format them. Make them larger or smaller, crop them, rotate them and fit them appropriately around the text.
Save the invitation to your computer. Log in to your e-mail address, attach the invitation to the email and send it to your invite list. With some ecard software, you will be able to load the invitation directly into the body of the email.
Use your word processor to construct a customised invitation. Major word processors, such as Pages '09 from Apple and Microsoft Word 2010, offer pre-made invitation templates that you can alter to your liking.
Open your word processor and go to "New." Click "Templates." Choose "Invitations."
Mouse over text boxes and double-click to change. Write in headings, a personal message, and details about the party.
Mouse over the default pictures and click to upload your own. Your computer will prompt you to select a picture from your computer's hard drive. Go to the folder with the picture you want to use and select it.
Format the picture by cropping it, rotating it and increasing or decreasing its size. Look for your formatting toolbar at the top of the document.
Save the invitation to your computer. Access your e-mail, attach the invitation to the email and send it to your invite list.
Tips and warnings
- Provide a text-only version of your invitation in the body of the email just in case some of your invitees' computers have trouble loading or viewing the invitation.
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