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Quinceanera Invitations - Make Yours Stand Out

The invitations you send will give guests their first impression of your quinceañera. Forget about searching Google for the best invitations – we bring them to you, tip by tip!

By Tammy Tibbetts

photo by: Corbis

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TIP #1: Match invites to your party theme and tone.
If you’re having a beach-theme party, choose an invite with palm trees, not butterflies. If your party is traditional, include response cards and stamped envelopes for guests to mail back.
Try this: “Tropical Sunset,” a tri-fold invitation. You can put your name on the front panel, names of the court and godparents on the center panel, and event details on the third panel.
Price: $137.90 for 100 invitations and response cards with envelopes
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TIP #2: Personalize with a picture.
The best way to guarantee your invitations are one-of-a-kind is to put your picture on them!
Try this: “Photo Floral Invitation,” which has a spot for your photo and is decorated with pink accents — fit for a princess!
Price: $145 for 100 invitations and envelopes
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TIP #3: Go high tech.
Who said invitations have to be on paper? If you’re going a nontraditional route, send your guests a CD slideshow they can pop into their computer. Paste your favorite photos from childhood onto PowerPoint slides and upload your favorite song as background music. Write the event details on the last slide, and also print them out on paper. Production companies charge $500 for this service, but you can easily do it yourself for a fraction of the cost!
Try this: Memorex 52x CD-R Discs and CD Labels
Price: $20 for a 50-pack of CDs and $23 for labels
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Tip #4: Think outside the box.
Invitations are typically rectangular. You can be different without losing the traditional elegance by choosing an invite that doubles as a beautiful fan.
Try this: “Floral Fan,” which has a quinceañera on the front of the fan and unfolds to show your party info.
Price: $228.20 for 100 invites and response cards with envelopes
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TIP #5: Print your own invitations if you’re on a small budget.
Printing from your computer can save you a bundle. If you’re having a small quince, look for pretty, printable invitations that are sold in packs of 10. Save on response cards by having guests RSVP by phone.
Try this: “Silver Tiara with Rhinestone,” both pretty and playful. Price: $15 for 10
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Tip #6: Coordinate your stamps!
Nothing against the Liberty Bell, but that stamp just doesn’t have princess approval. Instead, stick the blue or pink heart “Wedding” stamps, which you can buy from the post office, on your envelopes. You can also make stamps with your photo on photostamps.com, for about double the cost of postage. But with your own stamp, you’ll really feel like royalty!

Order invitations four to six months in advance
Mail them eight weeks in advance

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