Selecting the right invitation card is essential, wherein the design of the invite should be an extension of the to-be-wed’s personality. Here’s how the couple and/or their families can choose a wedding invitation.
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- Define Your Wedding Style
The invitation is your guests’ first peek into your wedding style. Along with listing the location and time of day, the invitation and, more specifically, its style, hints at the formality of your wedding.
- Know Your Colors
Think about your wedding colors too – you may want to incorporate your colors and a motif into your wedding invitations and then carry both through to the rest of your wedding stationery (like the luggage tags, menu cards and ceremony programs) for a cohesive look.
- Play With the Shape and Size
Couples are also channeling more playful or modern vibes with circular, scalloped and square invitations.
- Make Sure They’re Legible
As you consider colors and patterns, don’t forget about the text – the information you put on the invitation is the point of sending it out in the first place.
- Don’t Crowd the Card
List only only the key points on your invitation: ceremony time and location, the hosts, the couple’s names, the dress code (optional) and RSVP information. Trying to squeeze too much onto the invitation card can make it harder to read, plus it won’t look that elegant.
Now that you have an idea as to how to go about choosing a wedding invite, you need to keep the following pointers in mind:
- Start Early
Your save-the-dates should go out much before the wedding. Printing can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, or longer, depending on how fancy you go. Aim to order your invitations about four to five months out so they’re ready to mail six to eight weeks before the wedding. If you’re having a destination wedding or marrying over the holidays, send out your invites even earlier (10 to 12 weeks before the wedding).
- Order Extra
It’s expensive to go back and print more invitations after the final order has been placed. Order enough invitations for your guest list, plus 25 extra in case you need to resend an invitation or if you want to put some aside as keepsakes.
And even if you’re hiring a calligrapher to address your invitations, ask for extra envelopes in case of returned invites or addressing mistakes (calligraphers generally require an extra 15 to 20 percent).
- Don’t Forget the Rest of Your Suite
Order your menu cards, programs, chocolate/mithaai boxes, gift bags and thank-you notes with your invitations. That way, your designer can include all of the pieces in one order, which may save you money and time. It’s also a good way to ensure all your stationery has a cohesive look, even if you want to vary the design slightly for each element.
Submitted by: Customizing Creativity
Customizing Creativity is a luxury lifestyle design studio based in Mumbai, India, that specializes in Bespoke Invitations, Wedding Stationery & Couture Wrapping. It aims to provide the perfect combination of a couple’s fond memories added with a dash of creativity that would create a great memorabilia.