When deciding on bridal shower invitations, it can be a very good idea to have them custom-made. Customizing invitations allows people to know exactly what to expect at the shower, and it can also make the invitations a little more fun by injecting personality into them. After the design has been chosen, it also makes it easier to follow the same theme for thank you cards and wedding announcements.
Color may be the first thing to consider when designing cards. The color should reflect the personality of the bride-to-be, or follow her wedding colors. Another advantage to having the cards personalized is that they can also reflect the season of the party or the wedding. Choosing autumn shades for an autumn wedding or having pale yellows and pinks on a spring party can be a very nice touch.
Paper is the next item to consider. There are many great paper selections to choose from and when customizing, the shape and texture of the paper can say a lot about the wedding and shower. Whatever paper is used for the invitations, the same paper should be used for the shower thank you cards.
It's easy when personalizing announcements to get carried away. But party cards should be just that. They should be no bigger than an index card and only the specifics should be mentioned. It's very important to put the who, where, and when on the cards. Once the basics have been taken care of, other details such as dress, or gift registries can be mentioned but anything other than that is really too much information.
If the party invitations are customized, it's important to stay with the chosen design when creating the bridal thank you cards. You don't want guests to be confused as to the theme, even when the event is over. Again, thank you cards should be kept short and to the point. The bride-to-be will want to thank the guest for coming and for any gift that was given. Usually those invited to the shower are also invited to the wedding so a short note about looking forward to seeing them soon is also appropriate.
Just as important as the design of the invitations, the wordings are just as important. The wordings, verses or sayings can help keep to the theme of the party. Some nice wording ideas are: “Jennifer will be a bride very soon, let's help her celebrate before the honeymoon, " and the following thank you card could read, “Jennifer will be a bride very soon, thank you for helping her celebrate before the honeymoon. "
About the Authors: Sarah Porter and Patti Paz are authors of several articles including bridal shower invitations , personalized bridal shower invitations , bridal shower cards and more.