Baby Shower Invitations© baby-shower.com
Invitations usually come up at about 9 or 8 weeks before the date of the shower. That is when you should know how many people are to be invited, where the baby shower is being held, and when it is occurring. By that time, you should also have your theme decided and a budget worked out so you’ll know exactly what you need and how much you have available to spend.
Invitations are considered to be the best way to not only invite the guests but also to set the theme of the party. In that one little envelope, you can inform a guest of all the important information, give an idea of the theme and let them know if it will be a refined occasion or a 'giggle ‘til you pee' fiesta. You can also provide information on gift registeries and a note on whether the meal is a pot luck.
Now I did say that standard invitations are the best method of inviting guests, but it doesn’t mean that it is the only acceptable way. Many people will telephone guests, but that can be a time consuming endeavour especially when it comes to call backs.
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Once you have your invitation, you will need to stuff them, address them and mail them at around 6 weeks before the baby shower. We have provided you with a mini checklist of what every invitation needs, so please review it below and make sure that your invitation has it all.
1. The Basic Information: Date, Time, Location (with directions), telephone number (and perhaps your email if you check regularly), and any other particulars that are important, i.e. gift registeries, theme (if that will affect the gifts), whether it is a women’s only or couple’s shower, and if they need to bring a food dish.
2. The RSVP: This can be written right on the card if you are using email or telephone for the RSVPs. Remember to provide both a phone number even if you list email as the preferred method because there are still some people without internet access. Also, the telephone number is handy just in case someone gets lost or can't make it at the last minute. If the RSVPs are being mailed back to you, provide a separate card and stamped envelope. The card should have the option of will attend or won’t attend and as a courtesy. Please also ask for any severe food allergies to be listed and consider that some people may be vegetarian or vegan and require alternate food options.
3. Directions: A detailed map and step-by-step directions should be included for those guests who have never been to the location. Also add your phone number or cell phone number and the address of the baby shower on the top of the directions since many people forget to bring the invitations with them.
4. Proper Postage: Make sure you put on the proper postage, especially when sending invitations to family or friends out of country. If you put on the wrong amount, they will be sent back to you. Some invitations may weigh more, which can lead to higher postal costs; a good practice is to take one invitation into the post office and get them to stamp it for you. Then you will know how much each invitation is. In the event that you need to send the invitations out of country, it is important to either obtain foreign postage for the return RSVP or provide out of country guests with an alternate way to RSVP (strongly recommend an email option).