I never realized how difficult it can be to choose a baby shower invite! Or maybe its not that hard for most peps, but the running theme during my pregnancy has been being indecisive…whether I am trying to find a baby shower theme or decide what to have for dinner…making decisions has been my weakness lately!
Some hints for ordering shower invites:
1. Make sure your registry is done in advance so you can include the store(s) on your invite.
2. Start making your invite list early so you do not leave anyone off. I made an excel sheet with different columns for invite sent, RSVP, gift and thank you cards. This way I could stay organized before and after the shower. See attachment for my baby shower invite sheet.
3. Decide on a baby shower theme about 2 months before in case you want your invites to flow with your theme.
4. Invites should be mailed out anywhere from 4-6 weeks before your shower
As far as buying invites, you can get premade invites from anywhere like Target, Michaels, etc. Or save yourself a trip to the store and purchase online. Several websites have hundreds of designs you can choose from. Personally I feel like the web has so much more to offer, so my mom and I hit the internet for our search. I never realized how many options there are. We found some templates on Etsy that we loved. Our seller let us customize the invite to make it more personal and to fit the theme of my shower. After we placed our order, we had the PDF in less than 48 hours. Then we had them printed at a local print shop and I ordered envelops from Amazon. Sounds complicated, but we found that printing the invites and getting our own envelopes came out to be a lot cheaper than having a customized invite printed from Etsy. Other sites had cheaper options, but we liked the template on Etsy so we went that route instead.