If you want people to get excited about your event, it needs to start at the invitation.
Why settle for plain old paper when you can let your imagination run wild and create something fabulous?
Here are 10 of our favourite ideas to inspire you…
1) Deliver event details with a bang with these fantastic toy pistol invitations. Produced by Southern Fried Paper, these fun invitations would be ideal for a Western themed event… but maybe steer clear if it’s a conference on gun crime.
2) This quirky and clever invitation design won the 2013 Gold ADDY® Award. It was designed by MDG Advertising to invite doctors to an event organised by MDVIP, a US network of physicians. With GPs always short on time, it had to capture their attention. It did so with a 3D beach scene, complete with a miniature life preserver and clever messaging.
3) These invitations look good enough to eat… because they are! The custom-made biscuits, created by Premurosa, can arrive in the morning post – just in time for a tea break. But don’t worry about your guests eating the details of your event and forgetting all about it; you can also include a printed card with all the vital info.
4) You wouldn’t normally associate bacteria with high fashion, but young designer Mathieu Mirano wanted “something obscure and avant-garde” to invite guests to his Fashion Week show. His original instruction was to use live bacteria in the petri dishes (okay, that would be gross), but thankfully design company Alpine Creative Group came up with a safer solution: screen printing in gold and black colours that
echoed Mirano’s collection. Story via BizBash.
5) Here’s a bright idea for a Christmas party invitation. The invite, created by ATIPUS, combines beautiful dye cut paper with an integrated glow stick. The recipient simply ‘snaps’ the glow stick to activate it and, hey presto, the Christmas tree illuminates! This idea is not only suitable for Christmas; it’s a neat way to put your company name in lights.
6) Theming your invitations around the work of your company or organisation is a great way to ensure they stand out. Here, an invitation for an event at a museum of glass has been printed onto glass. It’s very simple in design, but offers the recipient something pleasantly tactile to hold (and maybe use as a paperweight!). It was designed by Leo Porto, a student at New York’s School of Visual Arts.
7) When H&M collaborated with Belgian fashion designer Martin Margiela on an avant-garde new collection they needed invitations for the launch that would be similarly striking. They hired design studio MP Creative which came up with the idea of sending out invitations embedded with
LED panels. Once activated, the screens
displayed scrolling text with all the details
of the event.
8) Invitations with an interactive element that requires the recipient to do something in order to receive the details guarantee engagement. This charming example was produced by photographer Edyta Szyszlo for her friend’s surprise 30th birthday party. She used custom printed balloons, which revealed the event details upon inflation. We bet the event went with a bang!
9) Shoe lovers will adore these cute footwear-shaped cut-out invitations. They were produced by Ceci New York for the opening of a new Cole Haan store. They came in two designs – loafers for men and stilettos for women, both presented in a little black felt shoe bag.
10) We couldn’t complete this list without including a creative digital invitation – ideal for event organisers who are short on time, money or just want to save trees. Hobnob is a new app that allows you to text beautiful invitations to recipients’ smartphones. According to its makers, the ‘text back to RSVP’ feature results in higher confirmation rates for organisers. Neat.
Ready to start inviting guests to your event? Call us on 0844 967 0984 to find out how we can help you make the best impression, right from the start.