The beauty of DIY invitations is the ability to incorporate your own personal touch. Just as you want your DIY invitations to have a unique, one of a kind look, you should want them to have unique, one of a kind wording. However, when it comes to choosing wording for invitations, many are hesitant to write wording that is off the beaten path. It is common to feel that traditional verses are the only way to succinctly and appropriately phrase invitations – but this is not the case. The truth is, you do not have to be a professional writer to create unique invitation wording that is witty, meaningful and memorable; wording that will sound great. Read the tips below to get started.
Begin with a popular invitation wording template
To get started, find an invitation wording template that you like. Although some people find it inspiring to craft their invitation text entirely from scratch, most of us find that to be a very daunting task. If you are one of these people, browsing common wording samples is an efficient way to start. After finding a wording template that you like, create your starting point by filling in the blanks of the text with your basic information – names, date, location, etc.
To illustrate, let’s say that you are creating a birth announcement. To begin, you would take a look at five or six birth announcement wording samples, and choose the one that you like best. You would then duplicate this text, replacing the generic text – the name, birth date, and measurements of the baby – with your own information. This way, you are guaranteed to include all of the vital information that needs to be included on the invitation, or announcement, in this case.
Locate the key phrase
All invitation wording has one major statement that stands out – a statement that echos your sentiments and catches the attention of the reader. Here are some common examples:
- Because you have shared in our lives, your friendship and love, we invite you to share as we. . .
- Special occasions become special memories when shared with family and friends. Please join us. . .
- It is with great joy that we announce. . .
To make your invitation wording truly unique, you will want to replace the key phrase found in your template with a new or altered phrase. In essence, your goal is to reproduce the same sentiment using different words.
For example, in the birth announcement invitation, you may have found a template with the key phrase, We are blessed that this bundle of joy has arrived. This is the phrase that you want to replace. How do you do that? Follow these tips:
Identify what you like about the phrase
In the example, it may be that you like the words bundle of joy, or alternatively, you may want to emphasize your excitement that the baby has finally arrived. Whatever it may be, begin by identifying exactly what it is you like about the message, or main idea, of the key phrase.
Write down the main idea
For this example, let’s say that you want to emphasize your excitement of the baby’s arrival. Simply write it down, because this is the starting point, and the focal point, of your unique wording.
Rewrite the key phrase, emphasizing the main idea
Now it is time to find unique text that represents the key phrase and main idea. To truly personalize your phrase, choose words that reflect your own style of speech or conversation. Viewers will immediately recognize this as being yours. For example you may change
We are blessed this bundle of joy has arrived
Our little girl is finally here, and we are tickled pink!
Quotes are also a unique way express the sentiments of your key phrase. For example, to express the excitement of the upcoming years of parenthood, you may like to use the John Dewey quote,
“Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another”
adding your own personal thought at the end, such as, Our baby is finally here, and we can not not wait to see what the years will bring.
Add a personal thought at the end
A change in the key phrase is just the start to your unique wording. Go even further by adding an original thought of your own at the end of the invitation. This works best if you choose a thought that is expressed as though you are speaking directly to the recipient of the invitation. Keep it short and sweet. For example, your birth announcement invitation might say,
We hope you will adore her as much as we do!
Wait ’til you see [baby's name] big blue eyes!
Create a unique signature
Finally, end with a unique signature. Most people just sign their invitations with their names. Do something different. Use a nickname, an adjective before your name, or a replacement phrase for your name. For example, you might sign the birth announcements with,
Happy parents, John and Jane Doe
Other options for unique invitation wording
If you find these general tips do not work for you, here are some others to try:
- Change the perspective of the writer: For example, instead of writing in the third person, try writing the birth announcement in the first person of the new baby.
- Use a favorite poem for the text of the invitation, and simply list the important details after the verse.
- Go through your template and replace all of the words with synonyms that you like. Use a thesaurus to help you out.