If you’ve never printed your own event tickets online, don’t despair. It’s fast, simple, and convenient. Your online ticket printing company will provide you with an easy-to-use ticket template and hundreds of designs to fit any budget, suit any organization, or create the perfect impression for any event. Still, it doesn’t hurt to plan in advance.

Here’s what you’ll need to know:

All the event details

Date, time, and location are imperative details, which you’ll need to have settled before you print your event tickets. You’ll probably want to include the name of the event, perhaps in a large or fancy font at the top of the ticket. The name of the host organization and the names of any major sponsors are also important. Special details, such as whether the event is black tie, the bar is cash, or attendees should bring a white elephant gift, can be included as well. Don’t forget to add the price of the ticket. If you’ll offer reserve seating, you’ll want to print special tickets with this information.

Your vision

Perhaps you have an idea of what your event tickets should look like, but you might not. Either way, you’ll want to browse a design gallery to find the perfect ticket template. Consider the type of party and the type of organization. Should you go for fancy, fun, frivolous? What kind of imagery will impress your guests? You can use search terms to find just the right design and choose a really lovely ticket.

Additional imagery

Some companies offer you the option of uploading your own custom image onto a stock template. If your organization or sponsor has a recognizable logo, use it! You may also choose a head shot of a speaker or some other figure who will be in attendance. Be prepared: make sure the picture you wish to include is cropped into a perfect square, and saved in a common file format, such as a JPG or GIF,

The paper

Most folks don’t spend much time thinking about card stock, but when you print your own event tickets online, you will have to make a choice. The heavier the card stock, the more impressive the ticket will appear and feel, but heavier paper is more expensive. You may also have the option of choosing a glossier finish. What about color? Often, you can pay a little extra for colored paper, but you’ll only want to consider this option if your design is to be black and white.

Shipping

When do you need these tickets? If you plan well in advance, you can save a lot of money by having your order shipped ground. If you are in a bit of a hurry, you may choose to spend a little extra to expedite processing and send your shipment overnight air. You may even have an in-between option, with middle-of-the-road pricing, that will be slower than next-day, but faster than ground.

Billing

As with anything you order online, you’ll need to have your credit card handy. Most companies won’t process your order without payment details.

Use these bullet points as a checklist, collect all the information you need, and you’ll make the process of printing your own event tickets online even faster and easier than it already is!