Graduation announcements are a simple way to announce your own graduation or that of your child, grandchild, niece, nephew, friend, or another special person in your life. But ordering graduation announcements can be an overwhelming task if you don’t know what you’re doing – fortunately, there are ways to make the process easier and more enjoyable. In this article, I will give you seven tips on how to order graduation announcements with ease.
Compare Paper Types
When ordering graduation announcements, you’ll need to decide on a paper type. There are many different styles and brands available. You’ll need to weigh several factors, including budget, durability, personal style, and image when making your decision.
Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing a paper type: Will it be used indoors or outdoors? – If it’s going to be displayed outdoors, choose an acid-free cardstock that will hold up better against rain and humidity over time.
If it will be displayed indoors only, there is more flexibility in what type of paper you can use because normal wear won’t take its toll as quickly. How important is durability? – Outdoor announcements may last longer if they aren’t made with expensive premium papers but take into account if they will be displayed in high traffic areas (near doors, etc.) which may cause quicker damage.
Consider a thicker paper if it is to be framed or put into an album and handled often rather than just sitting out to look nice. Are other people involved? – If you’re not handling all aspects of creating your graduation announcement yourself (or even if you are), ask about using special print techniques like foil stamping, embossing, lamination, or foiling. Using these techniques might help set apart one element from another so that information isn’t easily confused visually between parents, grandparents, and family members looking at copies together.
Know What Colors Look Best on Each Paper Type
When it comes to colored graduation party invitations, your options are almost endless. But, it’s important to know that different colors won’t appear in their truest form on every type of paper. For example, if you order a vibrant teal announcement from Staples and have it printed on their standard 80# premium color stock, you’ll end up with a much lighter teal than what you see online or at another printing company.
To make sure you’re getting exactly what you want, head to a local print shop like Kinko’s and look at sample announcements printed on various paper types before making your final selection. If you order through a professional print shop, they can also recommend which paper is best for your design.
Looking for more tips? Follow our 5 tips and tricks to get started when designing graduation announcements. Plus, we’ll give you a heads-up about what designs work well as double-sided announcements as well.
If you’re ready to start planning now, check out our designs and purchase graduation announcements today! Need some inspiration? Take a look at these fabulous ones we’ve created recently. The invitation will let friends & family know all about baby’s baptism day. It features modern typography overlaid on cute animal images (under copyright protection), giving it a playful, light feel that still keeps with formal customs/traditions.
Proofread Before Going to Print
If you’re like most people, you’ve probably got a dozen other things to do today. But before finalizing your order, take a few minutes to read through what you’ve written. Typos and grammatical errors are embarrassing – and avoidable. They may seem small, but they can make a big difference when it comes to how others perceive your writing ability.
If hiring someone else to write is out of your budget, consider getting together with friends or family members who can proofread for you in exchange for help with some aspect of graduation planning (like making phone calls or sending out invitations). You’ll both get something done – and keep everyone happy.
And let’s face it: one satisfied customer could lead to more business down the road! Once your orders have been sent in and you have received them, take a look at them as well. Whether ordering cards or announcements make sure that there are no mistakes on either side of any cards that need addressing immediately so there aren’t any unnecessary delays between receiving them and giving them out.
There is nothing worse than having to reprint something because of typos after waiting weeks for delivery. The school year flies by so fast, don’t let anything slow you down from celebrating your student/child’s success.
Having gone from acceptance letters/going to college all the way down until walking at graduation? There were lots of cards! Unless ordered early enough expect your card orders not to arrive in time for your child’s actual graduation ceremony. Don’t spend over 10$/card unless you know everyone that will be attending his/her graduation party.
Graduate students generally receive their degrees mid-to-late May, postgraduate students usually receive theirs at the end of May or June starting around late May and ending around early July depending on weather issues and how many graduate students attend their ceremonies each year. Only send thank you notes if invited to an event where food is served and only if necessary.
Avoid Fancy Scripts in Complicated Fonts
Unless you’re getting formal diplomas, using a lot of text isn’t necessary on announcements. Save your fancy script and complicated fonts for another time—you’ll only end up paying more for what you want. Stick to simple block or script fonts and print in black ink on plain white paper.
Make sure you can read everything from a few feet away—the last thing you want is to be disappointed with your announcements because they’re hard to read. If you’re going to design an elaborate announcement, pay very close attention to details like alignment and margins; these will help make sure everyone reading it can understand what’s being said quickly and easily.
It also doesn’t hurt to enlist someone who doesn’t know about your graduation plans before ordering—they’ll be able to tell you if there are any problems before things go too far. Ask around until you find someone who works closely with printers that do business cards and invitations—these people know all sorts of great tricks for keeping costs down and making items look professional.
Don’t settle for anything less than those designed by professional graphic designers; friends may offer their services free of charge, but remember that freedom comes at a cost: their time. Designing graphics should take at least one hour per A4 page; having lots to fit into a small space means moving from artistic flair to compromise very quickly.
Make Sure the Inside Looks as Good as the Outside
One common mistake parents make is only having their children’s pictures printed on one side of their announcement. The other side should have a short paragraph or blurb about their accomplishments and include information about where they will be going to school (as well as any awards/honors they’ve earned).
If you feel unsure about how to craft such a paragraph, enlist your child’s guidance; after all, he or she knows how hard he or she worked in high school and deserves to be proud of that. Also, be sure to let everyone know where his or her new address can be found once he or she has graduated.
Remember, graduation announcements are meant to share all of your child’s excitement about moving forward into adulthood so don’t forget things like internships and study abroad experiences—add that stuff in too.
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