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Personalize Your Birthday Invitation Messages: How to Go Beyond the Standard

Birthday invitation messages are sometimes even more important than the design of the invites. For one, these words express the celebrant’s feelings. But words in invitations can only be effective if you chose the right ones.

In choosing your birthday invitation messages, you need to keep in mind a number of considerations. Here are some of them.

Sources of messages
If you would like to go beyond the standard where, what and when in invitation wording, adding a few personal lines is just the thing. You can compose your own message, choose a song stanza that best describes you or the celebrant (if you are not him or her), pick a few lines from a favorite poem or use quotes. You can search the Internet if you’re out of ideas or read old invites or cards. Books, magazines and other print materials are also good sources for quotes and poems.

Subjects of messages
Whatever form of message you prefer to use, they should always be chosen with the celebrant in mind. They could be chosen to convey what the celebrant feels about the special day or to represent the best aspects of his personality or to give a hint of his deeper characteristics that are not obvious to everyone who knew him. Messages in invitations can also be a way for the celebrant to express his gratitude to the friends being invited or to emphasize how important it is for him that the invitee joins him in his special day.

Guidelines for message etiquette
First thing to do – make it brief. Don’t be tempted to write a novella or use the invitations to describe or promote yourself. If you are not the celebrant but is tasked to come up with the goods, make sure that your message will bring only the celebrant’s good aspects to light. Avoid making tactless jokes. If you want the message to be humorous, exercise caution. Never make a joke pertaining to the celebrant or his guests. Don’t make the celebrant’s age the subject of your humor either, because humorous will be the last thing your message will be. Don’t be overly dramatic either, birthdays are meant to be celebrated, not lamented.

Information for invitees
The guests should be informed about things like dress code, activities and the theme of the party. Be clear about instructions. If the venue is a bit complicated to get to, don’t clog the invitations with details, just attach a simple map or call the invitees for additional details or directions. Don’t ask for gifts through invitations, it is improper and in poor taste. If the party is only for adults or not for kids, don’t include that information on the invites. Just call the guests and tell them in a subtle way that children might not appreciate the event. You could mention that it will start or end late so as to discourage those who are planning to bring any of their kids.

Birthday invitation messages are not that hard to compose as long as you know the celebrant quite well. If you are the celebrant and you decide to compose your own message, then do consider your guests and make sure that what you’re going to say will not offend or bore any of them.

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Effective Birthday Invitation Wording Techniques

You may think it’s easy to design a birthday invitation, but when you get down to it, you may find that the wording is the most difficult part. Stumped for words? Read on to find a few tips on how to make your birthday invitation wording more effective and attractive.

You should always make it a point to include birthday invitation wording that adequately represents the celebrant. Is the celebrant a humorous person? Or a serious person? Someone who likes poetry? Someone who likes sports? Your invitation should be tailor-made according to the celebrant’s preferences. It’s not necessary to consult the celebrant on how the invitation should be designed, but your knowledge of the celebrant alone should be enough of a guide. If you are making invitations for your own birthday, make sure the wording will reflect your personality.

Fun, witty people may appreciate having invitations with witty quotes on them. Something wholesome and “clean” would go over well in most caes. There are also quite a few “clean” passages that would suit every occasion – however, you must still exercise discretion. Not every celebrant would appreciate the use of humor on their invitations – and those who do, may be rather selective about the kind of humor to be employed!

Jokes about age, for example, require a very special sensitivity; you may consider it safe to include age jokes on an invitation for relatives or very close friends, but a more formal gathering may not call for such light-heartedness. If you are making invitations for someone else, the rule is simple: Do not make any attempt at humor that the celebrant him/herself will not make in front of the people who will receive the invitations.

Serious people may prefer elegantly designed invitations with poetic quotes on them. A favorite poem or quote pertaining to the passage of the years may be a great touch. Don’t flood the card with thought-provoking quotes, though! One or two short quotes is generally enough.

And if you’re making your own invitations, a quote that you made up yourself would give the reception more value. Remember that the birthday invitation wording would be most precious if it were chosen or made by the celebrant him/herself! After all, every invitation is not just a card, it is also a souvenir for the people who attend the birthday gathering – a little something from the celebrant to the guests.

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