A Lesson in Wedding Invitations

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An important aspect of any wedding is the choice of wedding invitations. Essentially, setting the theme for the how the wedding will look and feel. In the end, if the purpose were to merely notify the friends and family of the wedding, then sending a more informal email would work. Additionally, the wedding invitation functions as a keepsake of the beautiful event, and a declaration of the couple’s undying love. Finally, the wedding invitation must be very personal and of course, beautiful in design. 

Wedding Invitation Design

Hundreds of pre-made wedding invitations exist. It’s as easy as choosing a pattern or design, sending the details to the printer, and it can be ready within weeks. With so many to choose from, it may be difficult to choose the best. Here are some things to remember:

1. Formality. You want a wedding invitation to accompaniment the overall theme and mood of the wedding. Is your wedding formal or casual? A formal wedding may need classic script fonts, formal wording, and the old-style double envelope. A casual invitation may use a contemporary font with more organic phrasing (i.e., instead of “we cordially invite you”, say “please join us…”), but precaution must be taken to retain the solemnity of the event.

2. Color. You should always choose a restrained color. If you are using brighter colors for your theme, like bright pink, elect a subtle ribbon trim or small accents at the sides or corners rather than applying it to the complete invitation. This makes the invitation look classier, and again, is in keeping with theme of the wedding ceremony.

3. Personal Flare. Add a favorite poem, a personal photo of the bride-and-groom to be, or possibly a song lyric from the couple’s song of choice. 

Wedding Invitation Inserts

Most wedding invitation businesses offer an assortment of patterns where you just have to complete names, places and dates. Though, most couples choose to create their own, to make the invitation more personal. If so, here are a few guidelines:

1. Do not put the entourage in the invitation. Instead, have a separate piece of paper listing the participants, which can be put in handpicked invitations – specifically those that go to the entourage, and the immediate family and friends. They would appreciate the souvenir; plus, it is a way of thanking them for their participation.

2. Include a Map. Most couples won’t forget to put the date and the venue, but many forget to put a map to the church and/or reception facility. A map is a helpful tool, particularly to those that are coming from out of town.

3. Minimize Headcount. An effective way of controlling the number of guests is to include a line similar to this, “We have reserved __ seats for you.” This is a subtle and polite way of minimizing unwelcome guest invitations.

4. If you are moving to a new home after the wedding, you can include an additional insert that details the new address.

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