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Nuts and Bolts: Invitation Inside Text

October 21, 2016

Nuts & Bolts – Invitation Inside Text

 

Invitations should have inside text.  Shoppers like something to get them started and some structure for the details that they should include.  The nuances of setting up invitation inside text takes some thought and planning.  Some shoppers will customize the inside online while others prefer to handwrite in their information.  It is important that you allowing enough space to accommodate this and at the same time making it pleasing to the eye.

 

There are a few ways to go about this.  DO:
1. Play with the alignment settings (vertical and horizontal) to best display your inside text.
2. Horizontal alignment – left or centered is typically best.
3. Punctuation – consider the punctuation method to use after the field labels.  For example: Date:  Time:  Place:  There are other options (Date –  Time –  Place – ).  Just be consistent.
4. Capitalization – field labels can be uppercase, lowercase or upper and lower.  For example: DATE:  Date:  date:   Again, just be consistent.
5. Characters as placeholders – you can leave the placeholder area blank or use characters to define the area to be completed.  For example: Underscores ______ or dots  ……. Both work well.
6. Adjust Line Spacing – to accommodate extra spacing between the lines allowing for handwriting, adjust the Line Spacing setting to the 2nd or even 3rd setting.

 

There are a few clear ways NOT to go about this.  Do NOT:
1. Do not use stand in, sample text in invitations that the shopper will have to edit.  For example: What: Darlene’s Birthday  Where: 123 Easy Street
2. Do not add instructional text to the inside that the shopper will have to remove.  For example: “your event information goes here”.  Any messages or instructions to the shopper should go in the Artist’s Notes field.

 

If you’ve included special characters to define placeholder areas ( ______ or ……..) it can be tricky for some shoppers who want to customize the inside of their invitation online.  The shopper will have to backspace or remove these placeholder characters and then type in their details.  But this can easily be done. For those shoppers who have a difficult time, GCU can / does assist them over the phone.

 

TIPS: 
* If you desire both centered and left justified inside text you can use the left justified Message Alignment setting and then add spaces to the text you want centered to manually center it.
* When creating lines of … or ___ , to make sure they are the same length and to avoid counting each keystroke, simply copy and paste the first line to the following lines you’d like to create.

 

Sample Inside Invitation Text:

sample-1

sample-2

sample-3

sample-4

sample-5

sample-6

Here is a related thread on the forum.

 

The difference is made in the details!

 

Mindy
GCU Community Manager

 

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One Comment leave one →
  1. October 26, 2016 12:20 pm

    Is it possible for GCU to have two areas to add inside copy so that the verse can be centered and the invitation details can be flush left placement?

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