It's finally that time of year when you start finalising the annual office Christmas party, which can only mean one thing: it's time to get started on the guest list. While many businesses only invite staff and significant others, many others choose to invite clients - current and prospective, as well as significant figures in their industry.
If you're looking to be more eco-friendly and cut costs where possible, then consider creating and printing your own DIY Christmas invites. You can save a lot in money with what you use in printer cartridges, compared to if you were getting them designed and printed using an external source.
Here at Printware, we love all things eco-friendly and anything to do with printers and computers, so this is right up our street. If this also sounds like you, then you are probably up the same street, too. So, we have compiled some top tips for designing, creating and printing your own DIY Christmas party invites.
Weapon of Choice
First, you need to decide on how you are going to make your invites. There are two options: digital design and printing, or print and craft.
Digital designs work well for complex imagery and are excellent with the right eye for design and layout. If you have a graphic design whizz in your office that can help with this, or you are on a tight turnaround schedule, then this may be your best course of action. This method works well for corporate and online industries.
Print and craft invites work best for striking, simplistic designs that are looking for the wow factor. Simple designs need well-chosen colour choices so take some time to consider this before printing. Adding well-placed craft elements such as ribbon, lace, sequins, glitter and textured papers can really invigorate designs and make your invitations stand out. This style of invites works well in creative and style oriented industries.
Know your Limitations
Making DIY Christmas Invites makes the whole process much more personal and unique, and if you are really good at what you do, it will look every bit as expensive as if it were done professionally.
Obviously, digital design invites are a good way to go if you are strapped for time as you can design and print in-house, where your only expenses are labour and use of the printer. Compatible cartridges might be worth a purchase if you have many invites to print off, as they are cheaper than branded inks but maintain the same high quality.
However, crafted designs are much more individual and create a sense of exclusivity and glamour if done right. Consider your brand and theming of your event when creating your DIY invites, and you’ll not only be on budget, but your party will be a big hit from start to finish.
Finally, remember the envelopes! You might just use traditional envelopes, but for a more expensive and professional feel to proceedings, we recommend investing in some quality envelopes for a sense of grandeur to kick off your party season.
For more information on ink cartridges and eco-friendly printing methods, contact Printware today.