There are times when a formal, printed invitation might be elegant and appropriate… and then there’s everything else! The truth is that nobody actually “prints” anything anymore; even if you go to a printing business, they will usually be using a laser printer and nobody is going to be impressed by laser printing. Getting a laser printed piece of paper that lets them know that you are just too busy to deal with this, is not going to impress anyone; these days, it’s just a step away from a form letter.
Now, if you are having a party and want to get people’s attention with a personalized invitation that stands out, you can create your own beautiful invitations that sends the message to people that they matter and that they are worth your time and attention. Don’t be so preoccupied with your penmanship; the truth is that almost no one has great style and control and you are probably better than people would have you believe… twenty years ago! Duh. Back then, the movement was in full swing and everyone was subjected to public shaming of their handwriting. This is about expression and making a statement that is totally you.
First, go find an appropriate image that you like and make it part of your stationery. Choose a color for your paper that you like and decide if you want lines; you can always remove them later, when you are finished writing.
For more formal invitations, you might prefer the nib pen on off-white paper… very regal. But for other things like parties, birthdays, etc.. Something a bit more colorful might be more fun and work better. Generally, I like to use a brush for a big, fancy title right on top of the image and a smaller pen for the details but as always, you should take the opportunity to let it be about you. After all, it’s your invitation isn’t it?