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What to Look for In Graduation Stationery

Shopping for Graduation Invitations and Announcements

My older daughter graduates high school this spring, so our house is a whirlwind of wrapping up high school while planning for college. Of course, we have a long list of shopping to do. Right now we need to settle on graduation stationery. I’m happy to be working with Basic Invite to bring you this list of what to look for when shopping for your student’s custom graduation invitation and announcements, plus a reminder of the most important thing you’ll mail. Graduation invitations

Lots of Colors to Choose From

My daughter has very simple tastes. Also, she just doesn’t want to go to too much trouble with her grad announcements. Still, your student might really care. He might want to match his school colors or her sports team’s colors. My cousin’s daughters play travel soccer, and those team colors may be as important to a grad as their alma mater colors.

Also, you could match an outfit, an element in the graduation photo, or even your kid’s beautiful eyes.

Basic Invite has almost unlimited colors. It’s one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you (or your kids) want it down to the littlest detail. This sets Basic Invite apart from almost any other online stationery company, and they feel it’s their biggest draw.

Never fear matching those colors–the world is your rainbow.

Make Sure You See A Custom Sample

The downside of our digital-everything world is we often order custom goods and can’t hold anything in your hand until the bill is paid and the whole order arrives. Too late then to find out the paper isn’t what you thought it would be, or that those colors that look great on your monitor don’t look great in real life.

Basic Invite is one of the few websites that lets customers order a printed sample of their actual invitation so you can see exactly how it looks printed, as well as the paper quality, before you ever have to place your final order.

Make Sure You Get Those Extra Touches

When you are shopping for graduation stationery, look for a company that gives you extra options. With over forty different colors of envelopes, Basic Invite is just as colorful with envelopes as they are with invitations. You can choose from more than forty different colors when it comes to envelopes so that your invitations stand out even before it is opened. All the envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed. Kids are lucky. I had to lick dozens of envelopes back in my day. It was almost a Susan on Seinfeld situation.

Don’t Hand-Write All Those Addresses

With free address collection service, you can request your friends’ and family’s addresses with just three simple steps. Share a link, collect addresses, and get free envelope printing. Boom! Done!

Don’t Forget the Thank-You Notes!

Sending a graduation announcement isn’t a request for a gift. (That would be tacky!) Still, when friends and family see your kid’s smiling face on a gorgeous custom announcement, many will be so delighted they’ll send a gift. My favorite gift to send is a check for their grad year. For example, this year I’ll write checks for $20.17 to grads I don’t know well enough to pick something more personal.

By this age, kids should know to send a thank-you note when they get a gift. Order the thank-you cards at the same time you order the graduation invitations and announcements so they are ready to go. I’d say, “good manners on fleek,” but that makes my kids roll their eyes and gag.

Please check out Basic Invite for your high school or college student’s printed announcements. I think you’ll like their selection and quality. Follow them on social media to keep up with their latest news and offers. It’s @BasicInvite on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Anne Parris

Anne Parris is a managing partner Midlife Boulevard. Her personal blog, Not A Supermom, is your typical mommy blog that her kids say used to be funnier. Anne has a business degree and a dusty résumé from a top accounting firm and a Fortune 500 company, which she reminds herself of every time she is washing underpants. She lives with her family in Virginia and blogs mostly to support her coffee habit.

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