Invitations can be by mail or phone. It depends on how large the party is, your budget, and how close the friends are. A written invitation is definitely necessary if you do not know all the guests well. Written invitations also provide a map and a wish list or gift theme.
Before you shop for invitations, you will have to decide on what type of shower you will be hosting. Card stores provide you with a large selection of preprinted invitations to choose from. If you are selecting to have them printed, check out our budget tips on keeping costs low.
When making out the invitations to the shower, be sure to include the bride's name, when the shower will be held - time and place, your name and phone number, the theme of the shower, whether it is a couple's shower and whether you want Regrets Only or RSVP's. If you have invited people from out of town, you may want to include a small map of directions. Use our handy checklist survival guide to make sure you have remembered everything.
Try to send out your invitations at least two weeks prior to the shower. You should also assume that anyone you have not heard from or been able to contact will be attending. This will avoid any embarrassment for either of you.
1. Don't forget the thank you cards. Consider matching the designs
2. Get invitations out early.
3. Keep a notebook of all those forgetful details.
4. Style the invitations like the theme of the party.