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Grad Cards 101 | Tips for Creating Great Grad Announcements

Grad Cards 101
Tips for Creating Great Grad Announcements

The end of May marks our graduation season here in Sycamore and surrounding areas, and I just love getting graduation announcements in the mail! To me, they are like Christmas cards; really fun to receive and display on my fridge to remind me of the milestones loved ones are celebrating. But, times are changing, and I thought it would be helpful today to include some tips about what is appropriate on cards for high school and college grads.

  1. If you’re having a graduation party, you can print the details right on the announcements, or place an extra printed insert (easy to make on your home computer with a nice font and simple paper) into your ceremony announcements. The insert style is helpful if you are trying to save space on your invites, or if we already printed them before planning your party.
  2. When you are sending a graduation/ceremony announcement, it’s just that, an announcement, it’s not a request for gifts. People really do like to hear about your achievement + seeing recent photos of you. Especially out-of-town family and friends who have not seen the graduate in awhile.
  3. But, some do want to send gifts -so remember to include your full address on your envelopes. Registries or suggested gifts are not appropriate on these invitations.
  4. If some do send gifts, keep a detailed list of those sending gifts so you can be sure to send a thank you card…proper etiquette in any year.  {We can even custom make you some beautiful thank you cards along with your graduation announcements, and add personalization for your year. Find out about our graduation card catalog here}
  5. It is courteous and important to send grad cards + party invites 2-3 weeks before the event. If you have a lot of out-of-town invites going out, abide by a minimum of four weeks prior to your event.

Graduation announcements may not seem like much, when you think of all the senior portraits you’ve printed and will keep forever, but as one who has sent + received many grad announcements, it is a really big deal. Yes, I’m obviously a photo-obsessed girl, but I love seeing them. And just like my Christmas cards, they probably stay up on my display board a little longer than most, but trust me, I’m NOT the only one. My grandmother has a floor-to-ceiling display of mailed cards + photos of all her grandkids. More are kept than you think, so why not make it an AMAZING ANNOUNCEMENT?

Need senior photos for these gorgeous announcements? Let’s talk!

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Andrea, Shining Moments Photography, is located in Sycamore, Illinois and specializes in modern teen portrait sessions that highlights your individual sparkle! Click around for a few minutes + take a peek at just a few past sessions.