How to Make an Invitation to a Formal Award Ceremony

by Tamiya King
Use the bow tie shape as inspiration for your formal award ceremony invitations.

Use the bow tie shape as inspiration for your formal award ceremony invitations.

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As the awards ceremony you're organizing approaches, you'll want to send invitations to guests that reflect the formal nature of the event. Making the invitations yourself will ensure that all the information you want to include is present, and you can add elegant accents that will send the message that the awards ceremony will be both sophisticated and enjoyable. In keeping with formal celebrations, you may opt to use neutral or metallic shades as opposed to bright hues.

Items you will need

  • Invitation stock paper
  • Stencil
  • Pencil
  • Sharp scissors
  • printer ink
  • Computer
  • Printer
Step 1

Purchase invitation stock paper in a shade that matches the formal awards ceremony decor, such as cream, ivory, black or a metallic color such as gold or silver.

Step 2

Choose a stencil that matches the event's formality -- for example, in the shape of an evening gown, a bow tie or a suit jacket. You may also select invitation paper in a standard rectangular or square shape if you prefer.

Step 3

Trace the stencil shape onto the invitation paper with a pencil, and cut out the image with sharp scissors for a precise cut.

Step 4

Purchase black, white or gray ink for the printer that will show up well against the paper color you've chosen. For instance, white or light gray ink will show up well against black paper, while charcoal gray or black will make a white invitation a little livelier. You may also choose ink that matches your company's or organization's logo colors, such as green, red or blue. For shaped invitations, select a black or dark gray calligraphy pen to write the invitation details onto the document.

Step 5

Place the square or rectangular invitation paper into the printer to print the formal invitations in a format that states the name of the organization hosting the event and the award that will be presented, along with the date, time and location of the ceremony. For the shaped invitations, write out the information.

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