After being home for the better part of a year and a half, event planning sounds like the best cure to chronic cabin fever. We’re all excited to get back to some type of normalcy, and as we’ve seen all over social media, events are back in full swing. Images of engagement parties, wedding set-ups, birthday soirees, and more are gracing their presence all over the internet. Not everyone’s a planner, but it’s everyone likes to try. For those who want to dabble into planning their own event, we’ve come up with a list of our top 10 print essentials you’ll need if you’re planning an event.
Postcards & Envelopes
Though many event invitations are sent our virtually, thanks to online event platforms, there’s just something so classic and timeless about a printed invite. Postcards and envelopes should be your first priority when it comes to prints, as you’re liking going to be sending out an invitation and/or some sort of save the date for your event, especially if it’s something more elegant, like a wedding or a gala. We have a vast variety of paper stocks to choose from, whether you’re looking for something glossy, matte, shimmery, or velvety, we’ve got you covered. Envelopes can either be customized with colors and designs, or completely blank — it’s really up to your vision and taste!
Would you rather write out your return address on every single envelope, or opt for the hassle-free method of printing your very own custom address labels on stickers? Don’t worry, you don’t have to answer that. We already know!
Roll labels are a staple item events because they can be utilized in a number of different ways. If you want to dress up your invitation envelopes a bit more, consider printing envelope seals on roll labels. There are multiple shapes, materials, and different adhesive types to choose from, so we’re sure you’ll come across something to your liking. Additionally, roll labels are great as either seals or labels for party favors. There’s really so much you can do!
Acrylic Boards are such a cool print product for any event that it’s almost impossible to resist printing something custom. Print seating charts, signs, and more on an acrylic board for a sophisticated and lux look. The best part is, there’s no minimum quantity to purchase so you won’t have to spend a fortune on extra bulk items to get what you want.
Coasters (Printed on Special Shape Cards)
Who doesn’t love custom coasters? Every event has some sort of beverage, and customizable coasters are a small but thoughtful detail. Coasters add a nice touch to any personal event, but are also a showstopper at any marketing event, as you can use them for networking purposes by including a company website or social media handle.
Placement Cards (Printed on Folded Business Cards)
Print customized seating placement cards for special events such as weddings, birthdays, bridal showers, galas, and more! Though you won’t be able to print each individual guest’s name, you can certainly create a design that you want consistently throughout all of your cards, and choose a paper stock with a writable surface to handwrite each name. We find that doing this gives the place cards a nice personal touch. If you know someone who specializes in calligraphy, that’ll be even better!
For larger scale events that may need some guidance signage, especially if outdoor, we think a-frame signs are your best option! Not only do they offer high-visibility due to their size, they are also durable and sturdy, so you don’t have to worry about the sign flying away or falling. You can print a sign on either one side, or both.
Do you plan to give out party favors or goody bags at your event? Pair the gift with a customized hang tag to say thanks for attending, and include the event’s details to make it a more memorable item.
Thank You Cards
And last, but not least, custom thank you cards are a must if your event involves people bringing gifts, or making donations. Printing customized thank you greeting cards and sending them out to guests after the event will really help to show your appreciate for their attendance and/or their generosity. You can either include a general message inside that applies to all, or print greeting cards with a blank inside and handwrite your own message to each recipient. Either way, this is a nice final touch for the end of an event.
Are you planning an event in the near future? Let us know which print products you plan on using for your next event in the comments below!