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Getting married, having a baby or packing up and moving to a new city? When you have exciting news to share, it’s natural to want to share that news with your friends, family and loved ones.
Obviously, there’s nothing wrong with going the traditional route when making a life-related announcement (for example, printing flyers when you launch a new business or sending ‘save the date’ cards when you get engaged). But creative birth, engagement and other milestone announcements are a great way to think outside of the box and share your big news in a fun, attention-grabbing way.
Let’s take a look at 5 creative announcement ideas that will inspire you to share your next big milestone in a fun, unexpected and memorable way.
Creative announcement ideas
1. ‘He/she/they said yes!’ T-shirts
2. ‘Come to our wedding!’ calendars
3. ‘New home’ announcement cards
4. “Team boy” and “Team girl” gender reveal foam boards
5. ‘It’s a boy/girl!’ banners
‘He/She/They said yes!‘ T-shirts
Getting engaged is probably one of the most exciting moments of a couples’ life — and generally, they’ll want to share that moment with their families, friends and other loved ones. And while you can share that special moment and announce your engagement in a more traditional way (like an announcement in the post), why not make your loved ones part of the announcement?
If you’re planning on getting engaged soon, create T-shirts that say, ‘He/She/They said yes!’ (depending on your partner’s gender identity) — and then, order those t-shirts for yourself, your partner, and the people closest to you. Once you’ve proposed (and your partner has said yes) invite your friends and families over to celebrate. Ask them to wear their custom tops and snap a photo of the group. You can then use the photo as your engagement announcement — include it on your wedding website or the announcement cards you send to loved ones who couldn’t be there.
Not only are custom T-shirts one of the most creative engagement announcements, they’re a great way to get your loved ones involved in your engagement, create new memories and have a fun keepsake of the moment you and your partner decided to say, ‘I do’.
‘Come to our wedding!’ calendars
There are plenty of ways to announce your upcoming nuptials and invite people to your wedding. But if traditional invitations aren’t your style, a calendar can be a fun, out-of-the-box way to send an invite.
Choose 12 of your favourite photos of you and your spouse-to-be — one for each month. Then, design a custom calendar — and put a reminder of your big day on the date of your wedding. That way, your wedding will already be on your guest’s calendars and they’ll have a useful keepsake.
‘New home’ announcement cards
Announcement cards may not be the most original way to announce a milestone, but sometimes, they’re the most efficient — particularly when you’re planning a move.
If you’re relocating, you want people to have a record of when you’re moving and your new address so they can keep in touch. Announcement cards are a great way to announce your upcoming move and give loved ones a physical copy of your new address.
But just because cards are a traditional announcement method doesn’t mean you can’t get creative with your delivery! For example, you might include two cards in your announcement: one that includes that date that you’re moving and your new address, and an additional card that has your address already filled in. That way, friends, family members and professional contacts can send their well wishes to your new home.
‘Team boy’ and ‘Team girl’ gender reveal foam boards
Gender reveal parties have become increasingly popular in recent years. And while the point of the party is to announce whether you’re having a boy or girl, there’s a fun way to get your guests involved before the big reveal. And all you need? Some custom foam boards.
Before the gender reveal party, have foam boards made that say ‘team boy’ or ‘team girl’. When guests arrive, have them grab a foam board based on their prediction of the baby’s gender. Before the big reveal, take a photo with all the guests and their foam boards. Then, snap some more photos during the actual reveal — including the reactions of the winning team. Those photos will be a great memory to share on social media — and a great way to announce your baby’s gender to guests who couldn’t be there in person.
‘It’s a boy/girl!’ banners
If you opt not to do a gender reveal party, the big announcement comes after the birth of the baby. You can opt for a traditional announcement, but creative birth announcements are also a great way to let people know you’ve welcomed a new life into the world. And if you want to keep things creative and simple, banners are a great way to do it.
Hanging an ‘It’s a boy!’ or an ‘It’s a girl!’ banner where visitors will see it is a great way to give your friends, family members, and other new baby visitors the heads up about the new addition to your family. For example, you might hang it on the door of your hospital room or on the front door of your home. Plus, if you want to make a broader announcement, all you have to do is snap a photo in front of the banner (baby in tow, of course!) and either post it on your social media channels or print it on an announcement card and share the happy news through the mail.
If a loved one is having a baby, try designing a “welcome home” banner for the new parents—and hang it on the door so it’s the first thing they see when they come home with their family’s newest addition.