When planning an engagement party, it's normal to want everything to look just right--especially the invitations. Inevitably, this leads to a lot of time spent searching for the perfect card at the greeting cards aisle, where options are usually slim. Fortunately, it's possible to create your own engagement invitation card or modify an invitation card template to fit your needs. Many websites offer various free resources for creating cards.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Card stock
- Stamp pad
- Calligraphy pen
Visit HP.com and click "Invitations & Stationery." Click "View all invitations & stationery" on the following page and select "All-occasion invitations."
Select a design that is most appropriate for your engagement party and click "Download art." The template opens in an editable Portable Document Format or PDF file.
Scroll to the second page of the card. Click each field and replace the existing text with the wording for your invitation. For instance, in the "Bubbles" half-fold card:
Highlight "Occasion" and type "[Couple's names'] Engagement Party."
Replace "Date" with your date: "September 25."
Delete "Time" and type in "7:00 PM."
Remove "Place" and type "The Hilton, 111 E. Parkway, San Pedro, CA."
Add the "RSVP:" or change it to "Regrets Only: 310-555-1212."
Note that it is not possible to modify the font.
Insert paper into the printer tray. The outside of the card will print first, so if you are using special card paper, ensure that the side of the paper that will hold the inside content faces up.
Click the printer icon. Select "None" for page scaling in the printer dialogue box. Ensure that the printer is set to print at the best quality available.
Print the front of the invitation card and set it aside to dry. When it is dry, return it to the printer tray with printed side facing up. Print the inside of the card. Fold the card when it is dry.
Using a Template
Open a word processing program, such as Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or Openoffice.org. These programs usually open with a new page ready to use.
Use the program's horizontal and vertical rulers to change the page margins. For instance, to create a card measuring 5 inches by 5 inches, drag the arrow on the vertical ruler to 5 then repeat on the horizontal ruler.
Type the information for the card. The wording could be as formal or informal as you wish but ensure that it contains all the information the guests need.
For instance: "We would be pleased to have you join us for a party announcing the engagement of Julia and Steve, August 22, 7:00 P.M., Royalty Inn, Norwalk. Regrets 310-555-1212." Or, "You're invited to an engagement party honouring Kathy and Mark, August 22, 7:00 P.M., Royalty Inn, Norwalk. RSVP 310-555-1212, Mr. and Mrs. Jameson."
Modify the appearance of the text as you wish with the buttons on the toolbar. For instance, highlight the text and select a font style, text size and colour. It is also possible to change the alignment of the text with the left, right, centred and justified alignment buttons on the toolbar.
Insert a picture if desired. Select a picture of the couple, a picture of their intertwined hands showing off the engagement ring, or a photo of a wedding cake. In Word, WordPerfect and OpenOffice, click "Insert" and select "Picture." Word and WordPerfect also feature clip art galleries that contain a large variety of art you can use instead.
Place a sheet of paper in the printer tray and print the card at the end of the design process. Office supply stores sell a variety of special card papers, but it is also possible to use card stock.
Using a Word Processing Program
Cut a sheet of card stock paper measuring 7 inches by 5 inches. Lay it flat so the paper is in a horizontal position. Use a pencil and ruler to draw a light line down the middle of the sheet.
Decorate the left half of the card with a stamp containing an image or word related to an engagement, wedding or romance. This could be an image of a couple, a ring or the word "Yes!" Decorate the left half of the card with the stamp. You can also use a selection of stamps to create the decoration. If you have artistic skills, draw the image you prefer in the available space. Wait for the ink to dry.
Write the invitation wording on the right side of the card using a calligraphy pen. These pens are available at office supply stores. Keep the wording brief but include all the details that the guest must have to attend the event, such as the date, time and place of the event.
For instance: "Zoe and William: Join us to celebrate their engagement at the home of Stephanie and Carl Green, 122 Pioneer Avenue, Norwalk, California 62345, on Saturday, August 15th at 7pm. Please RSVP by August 1st, 310-555-1212."
Wait for the ink to dry. Gently rub off the pencil line with an eraser.
Handmade Invitation Cards
Tips and warnings
- If you have a theme for the engagement party, use it as a guide when designing the invitations. For example, if you are using a Hawaiian theme, insert a picture of the couple dressed in Hawaiian outfits and use text colours that are reminiscent of the island.
- Practice using the rubber stamps on a sheet of scrap paper before using them on the invitation card.
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