Wedding Invitations 101
Prior to designing your wedding invitations, take the time to solidify the style of your wedding. How formal will it be? Whether you choose Hollywood glam or casual and relaxed, you’ll want your invitations to reflect the aesthetic.
Know Your Colors
Most couples want the wedding cards to reflect the colors of their wedding. If you have a motif such as floral or Western wear, you can include that too. Many brides opt for cream, white and ivory card stock with gold or black font. However, there are numerous other colors to choose from such as dove gray with metallic fonts.
Customize the Shape and Size
Traditionally, wedding cards are 4.5 x 6.25 inches. However, modern couples often want a more playful style. Some choose scalloped or circular patterns. Keep in mind that bulkier, larger cards may increase your postage expense for cards you mail out.
Choose Your Words Wisely
Traditionally, those paying for the wedding our listed first. Everything is spelled out, including dates and times. The invitation is often presented as a formal request. “Mr. and Mrs. So-and-so request the honor of your attendance…”
If you don’t feel like following all the rules, at least have someone read over your word choice to ensure that your sentiment is conveyed as intended.
Don’t Overdue the Design
Only list essential information such as ceremony time and place, the names of the bride and groom, RSVP information and dress code. If you try to put too much information in, it could frustrate guests who need to be able to scan for essential information.
Crammed text makes for a poor design. Most people don’t include where they’re registered as a matter of etiquette.
Some couples send save the date cards up to 10 months in advance to ensure a good turn out. This is especially important if there are a lot of people coming in from out of town. Six to eight weeks is sufficient if you can’t plan that far out.
Choosing a Picture for Photo Wedding Invitations
Some people get a photographer to take their engagement pictures and choose the best one for their photo wedding invitations. Choose one where both you and your fiancee look happy (and in love!) It doesn’t matter whether you dress up or wear something more casual as long as that matches your wedding aesthetic.
Reprints can be expensive, plus you may have to wait for them. Order extra invitations so that you are prepared when you or your fiancee expand the guest list. You can get away with one per family but having an extra 25 on hand can prevent a last-minute rush to get more.
In addition to personalized photo wedding invitations, reception cards remind guests where to find the reception, if it’s not in the same place as the ceremony. Business card size reception cards fit easily into wallets and purses and quickly convey the location and time of the reception.
With enough planning, you can make the thoughtful decisions needed for invitations well ahead of the big day. That gives you one less thing to worry about so you can enjoy your big day.