Wedding invitations are an integral part of a wedding theme and the overall mood that you want to set for your wedding. After all, if the purpose were to solely to inform the guests of the details of the event, then you could just send an email or postcard. However, the invitation also serves as a souvenir of a special occasion, and an announcement of a couple’s love.
Selecting the Wedding Invitations Design
There are thousands of ready-made wedding invitations to choose from; simply select a design, send the details, and the printer can have it ready within weeks. With such a wide selection, it may be difficult to pick which one is best. Or if you are looking to take the wedding invitation design up a notch, there are tons of the independent designers, that can create a customized wedding invitation, now this route may be pricer than the print or ready made wedding invitations.
Formal or casual
Typically wedding invitations complement the overall theme and mood of the wedding. Is your wedding formal or casual? If you’re having a formal wedding, consider using classic script fonts, formal wording, and the traditional double envelope. A casual invitation may use more modern fonts and casual wording (i.e., instead of “we cordially invite you” instead of “please join us”).
You should always choose a subdued color. If you are using a rather bright color for your motif, like turquoise, opt for a delicate ribbon trim or small accents at the sides or corners rather than applying it to the whole invitation. This makes the invitation look more classy, and again, is in keeping with the nature of the event. It’s a wedding, not a night dancing at a trendy club.
You can add a short poem, a photo of the couple, or a song lyric from the wedding ceremony.
Wedding Invitation Design
Most wedding invitation companies can provide a selection of templates where you just have to fill in the specific names, places and dates. However, many couples prefer to make their own, to make the invitation less stiff and more personalized.
Where & When
You’d never forget to put the date and the venue, right? Believe it or not many couples forget to include address and/or name of their wedding venue or reception space. Be sure to include the official name of the venue, not what the locals call it, this will allow your wedding guests and to use their smart device to direct them to the correct location.
If you are trying to control the number of guests, insert a small card that says, “We have reserved __ seats for you.” This is a subtle and polite way of minimizing the headcount. Of course if they want to bring additional guests, let them contact you, and you and your spouse to be can decide if the guest can bring an additional guest.
After the I do’s, and the dust has settled, keep your invitation list, trust us. Having a baby? Purchased a new home? sending holiday cards? This is your core list, utilize this list as a base to send out all post wedding communication.