Birth announcements are a fantastic, personal way to share the news of your new baby’s birth without spending a good deal of time phoning friends and family in the weeks after birth (when you probably won’t have a minute to spare!).
To ensure you don’t miss anyone on your list, start making it about two months before the expected birth of your baby. This will give you time to find addresses for contacts who may have moved since your address book was last updated. Don’t forget to include:
- Extended family members
Even those people who will receive a personal phone call should be sent a birth announcement; it’s a great piece of memorabilia for the people in your life who wish to celebrate the birth with you.
Choosing the Perfect Announcement
Have your birth announcement selected a few weeks before your due date. Choose an option A for a baby boy and an option B for a girl. With the wide variety of birth announcements available, you are sure to find one to suit your personal tastes. Once the choice has been made, Mom or Dad will just need to send in the order, complete with Baby’s name, a few days after the birth.
In fact, couples who have discovered the sex of their baby and chosen a name beforehand can even order their announcements before the birth, allowing them to address envelopes while they wait for Baby’s arrival!
Several types of birth announcements can be printed with a photo of your baby, should you choose to order them after the birth. This gives all of your friends and relatives, especially those who live far away, a chance to get a peek at your new bundle of joy.
As a wonderful and unique gift to the new grandparents, have their copy of the announcement framed and hand-deliver it to them when they come to see the baby.
Finding Your Style
There is really no shortage of options when it comes to choosing a birth announcement. Typically, the price range is about $1 to $2 per card including envelopes, although intricate and ornate announcements can cost upwards of $5 each.
Browse a variety of styles and colors before making your final choice. With the wide array of paper textures, printing fonts, personalized messages, embossing and embellishments available, it might be hard to settle on just one design!
Announcements also come in a wide range of themes, from the classic, simple announcement listing baby’s name, birth weight and time of delivery to one with a theme such as hockey or golf for a sports-loving family.
Ordering and Shipping
Read your instructions to the printer, making sure you have sent the correct information before finalizing your order. Inquire about their shipping policies; you want your cards well protected in transit. Check your announcements carefully when they arrive and return for replacement if you find any spelling errors or other defects.
Try to hand write your envelopes (if you have time) for a personal touch and have them weighed at the post office for proper postage. You don’t want to keep anyone waiting on your good news!