- Abdu’l-Baha was the eldest son of Baha’u’llah. When Abdu’l-Baha passed away on 28 November 1921, He was eulogized as One who led humanity to the “Way of Truth,” as a “pillar of peace” and the embodiment of “glory and greatness.”
Let’s brainstorm! What if we named some things we might need to do when organizing an event, such as a neighborhood holy day celebration for the bicentenary of the Birth of the Bab?
Perhaps, like me, you thought about the people to invite, the programme, the food, possible music to be played (such as Bahai Blog’s Studio Sessions), the location, and then what about making invitations?!
The idea of making invitations has made me panic a little in the past, but as I’ve found, there are a lot of great online resources out there now, and so, to help us all out, I’ve created a list of seven websites to help you create your invitations. Some are free and easy-to-use, some have packaged or priced options, and two of them are for those who are more comfortable with design and programs like Photoshop.
I hope this helps and you find this list useful:
This website allows you to easily edit and customize an invitation from a wide range of templates. Requiring no sign-up or account, you can create an invitation in as little as 4 steps! The last step allows you to download your invitation (as a jpg image or PDF), print it or send it online (via email or Facebook). You can also use the search feature to find templates based on occasion, theme, colour, etc. It also comes as an app.
Click here to try Greetings Island now.
Even though this is a website primarily for weddings, many of its invitation templates can be used for other events. You can select a beautiful template and can edit, resize and reposition the text. Being limited to only 1 free download (png image) of your invitation, it’s a good idea to check all the details/text are correct before downloading it. With no sign-up/account required, this website may be the one for you.
Click here to visit Wedding Chicks.
Similar to the others listed above, on this website you can select an invitation template to edit or select to create a your own invitation from scratch, which may take more time. You can also upload your own photos to add a personal touch. This website requires sign-up/account and offers a limited range of free templates, although it has some extra features. And it also comes as an app.
Click here to go to Desygner Invitation Templates.
With a larger and nicer range of infographics/templates to choose from, Piktochart is a step up from the above. Although this site also requires sign-up/account, it does have the option of a useful free trial which can help you to create/edit the professional invitation you need. It’s also available as an app for iPhones.
Click here to go to Piktochart now.
You may have already used Canva as it offers templates for social media graphics in a variety of sizes and formats. Creating an account is required and some templates and features are free, but not all. It allows you to not only download your invitation (as a jpg, png image or PDF), but you can also share it with others via email or a link. Canva also comes as an app.
Click here to use Canva Invitation Templates.
As promised, for the more advanced designers:
Offering everything from graphic templates to music, this site claims to have over 1 million digital assets for you to use. Upon sign-up/account log-in, you are treated to some of their many complementary assets. Subscription plans are available as either monthly or yearly. Taking your invitation to the next level seems like what they do best.
Click here to discover Envato Elements now.
With design assets from over 29,000 independent creators, you may feel like you’re spoilt for choice. Invitation templates can be purchased under either standard or extended license use. And are available in a number of different formats (PSD, PDF, AI, EPS etc.). The site also has other templates, graphics and web themes.
Click here to go to the Creative Market.
And that’s my list! I hope it helps you start designing the invitation for your community event. You might also find these two Baha’i Blog articles about community events useful:
Please let us know if you have any site recommendations or tips for creating invites in the comments below.
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