Birth announcements are a great way to share your amazing, life-changing news with family and friends, while also providing them with a wonderful keepsake to cherish and look back on. You can even keep one for yourself and put it in your baby book. (Read to the end for my pro-tip on why you might even want to keep TWO for yourself!)
In this blog post, you'll find some of my favorite tips for designing and preparing your custom birth announcements so you have the perfect keepsake to cherish and share with others.
Do Your Research Before Baby Comes
When baby comes, you'll be elbow-deep in diapers and burp cloths, so it's a good idea to start early if you can. Research the style of birth announcements you like before your due date and find a couple of companies that offer that style.
Think about the style of newborn photo you'd like to have and make sure they work well with your preferred style of birth announcement.
Create a Pinterest Board of announcement ideas or save some photos you like to your phone.
Make a list of printing companies you like. (If Life Photography by Melissa was your newborn photographer, you can purchase birth announcements straight from your gallery!) Some other printing companies include: Minted, Shutterfly, VistaPrint, and TinyPrints
Some of these websites will allow you to favorite/heart certain styles if you create an account through them, so if you can do this, I would highly recommend it! It will allow you access them easily when the time comes to edit and add your photos.
It's always a good idea to choose an announcement style that fits your personality and that will stand the test of time. Don't feel like you have to choose an announcement that's ultra trendy if the current trends aren't your style. Chances are, your birth announcement is something you'll look back on as your family grows and changes, so your announcements should feel like you and your family.
Get the Stressful Stuff Out of the Way
Collecting addresses is never easy... You usually have to send a lot of emails and text messages to get responses back and it can end up taking quite a bit of time. That's why I recommend starting your address collection early so you aren't spending precious time doing this at the last minute.
Pro Tip: Most printers will address and send your birth announcements for you so you don't have to spend hours licking envelopes, writing addresses, and sticking stamps on. Once you have your contact list, upload it to your preferred printer's website so that when you get your photos, all you have to do is add them to your birth announcements, update the message you want on the card, and checkout! Easy peasy!
I always recommend scheduling your newborn session around the end of your second trimester or the beginning of your third trimester to ensure that you have it on your schedule early on. (Don't worry--If you are planning to book your schedule with Life Photography by Melissa, I will help you find the best date for your session based on your due date, etc. and these dates can be flexible pending any early or late deliveries!)