How on Earth do I have a near 1 year old?! This year has flown by at the fastest rate I've ever experienced. Emotions and experiences have run the gamut, and somewhere between bringing Hawlander home and the Pooppocolips of 2013 we managed to completely forget to share his birth announcements on the blog.
Sending out birth announcements is a great way to share your new found happiness and culture shock with others! In our case, the shock was so great that we are the perfect case study for how not to send out announcements. So do as we say, not as we do. Before you get started sending out your announcements there are just a few things we think you should know.
Who to send to
Friends and family are going to be so pumped to celebrate this new little friend! Co-workers, neighbors, and family-friends should also be considered when making your list. Make sure to include those who came to your baby showers!
When to mail
It is best to mail out your birth announcements as soon as possible after the little one arrives. If you are a few months late, your friends and family will understand that you now have your days, nights and hands full.
If you're working with a graphic designer for custom invites, preparing your birth announcements while pregnant is a great way to ensure that they will be sent out in a timely fashion. This way, all you have to do after baby is born is call in the specific birth details to be added to the announcement before sending to printing.
What to include in your announcement
A short and sweet introduction of your baby including their name and the details of your baby at birth (day, time, weight, height. Feel free to add sentiment and personality with clever language and imagery. Many people choose to include bible verses, quotes or family mottos with their announcements to add a personal touch. It is completely up to you if you would like to add a photograph of your baby for your friends and family to swoon over! Personally, I love the idea of including a photo separately from the actual announcement, so it can easily be framed in a doting aunt's house.
Don’t forget the personal touch
Your birth announcement is all about your family, so feel free to take some creative freedom. While sourcing is great, do not be afraid to reflect your own style through your announcement. Having your birth announcements professionally designed is a great way to insure that not only will your announcement be completely original and reflective of your family's unique style.
Relationships are everything to us! Our hope is that our work proclaims the importance of relationships and honors our friendships with our customers through well-crafted, beautiful pieces for the very real lives we are living.
We would love to make your very special birth announcements! For inquiries about announcements and other custom projects, please, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Talk to you soon!