How to Order Invitations Online

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So you’re interested in order invitations online…well, you are certainly in the right place. Here at Polka Dot Design, we want the ordering process to be as seamless and effortless as possible. Which is why we’ve created a handy-dandy infographic for those who are more visually inclined. Truth be told, we can talk about ordering invitations as much as we’d like, but it isn’t until you actually order for yourself that you will realize just how easy and straightforward the process is. So, here it is without further adieu…

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Step One: Find the Perfect Design

We have SO MANY designs and styles and themes, it can be overwhelming to some. However, the good news is we’ve broken each of these categories down so that it is much simpler to search for what you need. There are thousands of designs, categorized to fit each special occasion, and finding the one that fits is right at your fingertips.


Step Two: Select the Quantity You Need

Whether you want to host a small gathering with just a few close friends, or you’re hosting 100 people at your wedding reception, we have you covered. All you need is to gather up your invitees and figure out just how many you’re hosting. From there, you’re able to select the necessary quantity and voila! Simple and settled.


Step Three: Customize the Invitation

There are SO many things you can do with your invitation to change it exactly to fit what you want. Feeling like you need a new text? We have you covered. Do you want a new color scheme? Have no fear. What about a fancy font? Consider it done. You can take your time in our online design studio and personalize the invite exactly how you see fit.


Step Four: Add a Printed Return Address

If you want to add a printed return address to your envelopes, it’s as easy as a few strokes of the keyboard. If you feel like leaving your envelopes blank? Not a problem, it’s your choice always.


Step Five: Order & Proof

From here, you’re almost all done. Once you place your order, it goes directly to us and one of our typesetters will proof your invitation and make sure it is exactly as you wanted. You will receive a proof of your invitation within 1 business day for you to go over with a fine-tooth comb. If your proof is good to go, then submit right away. Otherwise, if you need to make some changes, no problem-o, now is the time to do so.

Believe it or not…..after step five, you’re done! Once you hit submit after your proof, then you’re all set to sit back, relax, and unwind. Within 1-2 business days your approved invitation will be printed and shipped directly to you. Can you believe it was that simple?

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When to Throw a Baby Shower

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If you’re a newbie to the whole motherhood thing, fear not. Being a newbie just means you’re part of a very large group of women who are having a baby for the very first time and learning a lot along the way—learning about more than the latest baby gadgets and how to install a car seat. There are other ideas outside of the actual birth that need to be researched and nailed down in order to even get to the fun stuff of when your baby arrives. For example, when to throw a baby shower tops the list of things women aren’t too familiar with, and that’s okay. There is so much going on in your life, figuring out details for baby shower invitations for a girl may be the last thing on you list. However, we wanted to ease your mind and set your worries at peace with a quick guide on when to throw a baby shower and what type of baby invites you’d like to include.


Fall Baby Shower Pumpkin Invitation

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Truthfully, there are quite a few different answers as far as when to have a baby shower. Because at the end of the day, baby showers can be thrown any time. If you’re not feeling too hot in your second trimester, or if there is just too much going on, there’s nothing wrong with postponing the party. It really can be a personal preference on when you want to celebrate, or what works best for the majority of your guests.


Gold Glitter and Mint Invitation

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The good news is that no matter when you choose to throw your baby shower, you can always shop for the invitations ahead of time. If you know the gender of your baby early on, then you can shop our baby boy shower invitations, for example, and check one thing off your list well in advance.


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Most commonly though, baby showers are held during the early stages of the third trimester, somewhere roughly around 32 weeks. This means that your baby shower invitation ideas can be sifted through much earlier than that. The reason the shower is held so…late in the game, so to speak, is too ensure that the mother is out of the danger period early in the pregnancy, but also because there is a higher chance for the mother-to-be to feel more physically comfortable in order to enjoy the day.


Watercolor Blossom Wreath Chalkboard Invitation

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You also want to make sure though, that you’re not throwing the baby shower too late in the pregnancy. This will make for quite a tricky shower, where every groan and grumble the mother-to-be makes, keeps the guests in an unsettled state. After all, the shower is supposed to be a time when the mother and the guests can relax and enjoy what the near future holds.


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Also, considering the season to throw a baby shower is a big part of the “when” of it all. Seasonal baby showers are a great way to incorporate a theme into your shower without even trying! For example, our fall baby shower invitations are a huge hit, adding those autumn colors and fall inspiration into the mix.


Chevron Elephant Onesie Invitation

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If you’re gearing up to start the planning process for your shower, then you’ve come to the right place. Our baby girl shower invitations and baby shower invitations for boys are some of the most popular invites in our collection. Not only do we carry an eclectic mix of original invitations, but we also allow for you to fully personalize your invites to your liking. This special day deserves the most unique and special invitations.

Chalkboard Bridal Shower Invitations

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There has been bit of a trend lately in terms of bridal shower invitations and we wanted to loop you in, just in case you missed the memo. Traditionally bridal shower invites were fairly simple, chic, and primarily used for a more classic approach to inviting guests. However, those days may be long gone, as we enter into the realm of a popular trend in shower invites: Chalkboard Bridal Shower Invitations.

What do those invites exactly look like and why are they so dang popular? Well, we’re glad you asked.

The Chalkboard invitations are usually a more modern invite, featuring what looks to be all the invite information colorfully displayed over a chalkboard background. While some chalkboard invites aim to resemble being hand-drawn, others take vibrant colors in fun, lighthearted text fonts to compliment the gray or black chalkboard wall. Take a look at some of our favorite chalkboard invitations to see what we mean.


Script Heart Chalkboard Invitation

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Bright Lights Chalkboard Invitation

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Chalkboard Baby Shower Pink Sign Invitation

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Chalkboard Corset Lingerie Shower Invitation

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Chalkboard Floral Wedding Suite Invitation

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As you can see, the chalkboard trend for pre wedding party invites and even save the date announcements is heating up. It really is no wonder, especially with the unique design, one-of-a-kind theme and more contemporary feel. Plus the beautiful colors which seem to only accentuate the chalkboard background, what’s not to love?!


But maybe for whatever reason, chalkboard invitations are just not for you. Maybe you’re looking for something similar in idea, but just a bit more elegant in approach. If such is the case, then perhaps our mason jar bridal show invitations can be of interest. Another more up-to-date invite idea, this style of invitation can be used for a variety of party ideas or gatherings. Since it is a more eloquent and soft style of invite, they would be perfect for a baby shower, bridal luncheon invitations, or even a bridal tea! Take a look at a few of our favorite mason jar invitations.


Daisies in a Jar Bridal Shower Invitation with Glitter

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Fleur En Mason Jar Bridesmaids Invitation

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Ball Jar Mason Jar Invitation

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Let’s say however that you are deeply in love with both the chalkboard invitation AND the mason jar invitation. What the heck are you to do?!

Don’t worry– we have you covered:


Mason Jar Invitation in Pink, Mint, and Aqua

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Here at Polka Dot Design, we take a lot of pride in carrying many different designs, styles, and themes of invitations in order to fit your needs and desires perfectly. Don’t hesitate to reach out and let us know if there is something you see being a perfect representation of your next gathering, but needs a little help in getting there. With our customizable invites, we guarantee you’ll leave satisfied each and every time.


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Free Printable Calendar

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With the new year officially in full swing, it’s time to start planning out the rest of your days with our free printable calendar. That’s right, folks, we said FREE. Most of the calendars we carry are able to be customized in their own right, which let’s be honest–that’s pretty darn cool. However, we decided to make the beginning of 2017 a bit easier on your budget with these incredible printable cal options.


We came up with a beautiful calendar template that all you need to do to use is print this puppy out. It’s that simple. We wanted to allow you the same luxury and creative design that you would normally get through our personalized calendars, but instead give you the chance to download and print and experience what we have to offer before you commit to a particular product. We are so proud of the items we carry, not to mention completely confident in the fact you’ll end up failing in love with our products, too, that we’re giving this one away for free. In order to access the free printed calendars section, save the image below, or view the image in entirety here:


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Besides this free beaut above, we also carry a huge assortment of custom calendar pads for you to enjoy as well. Not only do these customizeable calendars make for the perfect way to start getting organized this year, but they also can make truly stellar gift options. Need something for your child’s favorite teacher? Here you go! A custom calendar that you know they’ll get a ton of use out of.


Another great gift option idea we carry is a set of personalized stationery. Keeping in touch with loved ones can be a chore at times, especially when life seems to get in the way. But communication is more important that ever, and the perfect way to keep friends and family in the loop with your life is through our personalized stationery sets. Add your own text, a particular quote you love, or simply your name and boom–the ultimate correspondence with your own personal flare.


Browse through our online stationery store and get a feel for the products we carry. Our stationery knows no bounds, whether it be a bunch of thank you notes that you can keep on hand, recipe cards that you can fill out with every culinary creation, or just a notepad to hang on your fridge and keep reminders, we have it all. Take a look at a few of our favorites below and start getting excited!


Khaki Savvy Cocktail Notecard
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Baby Safari Blue Thank You
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Ornate Wreaths Notepad
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Carrie High Heel Notecard
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Mod Pear Recipe Card
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As always, if you have any questions or inquiries about any of our products, or if you just want to drop a line and tell us how insanely awesome our free printable calendars are, then we’d love to hear from you!
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Pre Wedding Party Ideas

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One of the most enjoyable parts of planning a wedding are the pre-wedding festivities. Planning a wedding can be tough, and oftentimes frustrating. However, the pre-wedding fun, such as the bridal shower or bachelorette party, are normally when the bride and groom can let loose with their friends and loved ones and enjoy the journey toward marriage.

Coming up with wedding invitations or the pre-wedding party ideas is no easy feat, yet it can be an incredibly enjoyable portion of the planning process. We have quite a few ideas that can help you along the way to create a unique, one-of-a-kind party that both you and your guests will never forget. Take a look and see for yourself…


Watercolor Blue Blossoms Invitation

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The bridal shower is always a fun way to gather the girls together and celebrate your upcoming nuptials. There are quite a few bridal shower ideas to toss around in order to create a memorable and special occasion. We have the perfect invitations for each and every theme or idea, so don’t be afraid to think a bit outside the box! Here are a few bridal shower party ideas for you to consider and use to get the ball rolling.


Kitchen Shower

Many couples look to fill up their kitchen with a kitchen shower theme. This type of bridal shower means that guests are encouraged to bring kitchen gadgets and gifts for the couple to use and display throughout their new home. Also, it could indicate a family recipe swap, a kitchen congregation for the party, or even a cooking bonanza where food and fun is traded with ease.

Kitchen Canisters Invitation

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Lingerie Shower

If you’re looking for a more lighthearted and risque bridal shower theme, then a Lingerie Shower will be the perfect option. Guests will be able to spoil the bride with gifts of lingerie and sexy sleepwear. A Lingerie Shower may feature more flirty gifts and clever ideas, perfect for the new couple to indulge.

A Little Something Blue Invitation

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Bridal Luncheon

Or if you’re looking for a more chic and sophisticated bridal shower, then a Bridal Luncheon is an excellent choice. This traditional choice showcases a more classic bridal shower theme, with a gift exchange, games, and whimsical banter over a wonderful meal celebrating the bride.

Celery Wrap Invitation

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Bridal Brunch

Similar to the Bridal Luncheon, you can also host a Bridal Brunch! This just means that the meal would be a bit different (ie: probably more pancakes and mimosas), and can even feature an afternoon of tea. The Bridal Brunch is a more modern party which specifically fits into a particular time of day.

Mimosa Invitation

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Around the Clock Shower

Another great idea for a bridal shower is the Around the Clock Shower. For this popular shower idea, every guest is assigned a specific time of day. According to that particular time, guests are asked to bring a gift that equates to that time. For example, 6am-7am can be a coffee maker, yoga mat, or sexy sleepwear! 9am can be a new waffle maker, or juicer! The Around the Clock Shower can be a great way to get creative and add a mix of unique fun into the occasion.

Around the Clock Invitation

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No matter what type of bridal shower theme you land on, we are here to help every step of the way. We want each occasion and gathering to be as special and unique as you are, especially allowing for your big day to be one for the books.

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