There are hundreds of wedding invitation ideas for you to choose from and each idea can be as unique as you are.
Your invitations are the first hint your guests will have as to what type of wedding you are planning.
So, you will want to use your invitations not only to announce the who, what, when, and where but also to let your guests know something about the wedding ceremony you are planning.
For example, if your wedding has a theme, such as a beach, winery, or one of the seasons, incorporate this theme into your invitations with a design element such as sea shells, wineglasses, or by using colors associated with that season.
Invitations come in many different styles.
Some examples to choose from are: tea-length, square, round, pocket fold, rectangular, layered designs, and the traditional embossed framed invitation.
A few new unique wedding invitation ideas include:
Pouchettes - These are wraps that go around your invitation. They can be clear, colored, or decorated with images.
Pocket - The response card, the reception card, directions to the ceremony and reception fit neatly into a pocket on the invitation. This helps to keep all the pieces neatly in place and insures that all the information is included before sealing the envelope.
Rain Cards - Many couples, who are having outdoor weddings, are sending Rain Cards to their guests to let them know where to go in case of bad weather. It is also a good idea to include a phone number on the card, so the guest can call on the day of the wedding to confirm the location.
URLs - Couples are choosing to include the URL to their wedding page on their invitations, so the guests can easily find their websites. There should be details about the wedding and ways to RSVP online.
While white and ivory are still the most popular colors used for formal wedding invitations, you can use almost any color imaginable to coordinate with your theme.
The same is true with ink colors. They now vary from the standard black to violet, forest green, cranberry, purple, gold, silver, to almost any color you want.
Card stock is the most common invitation paper, but you can purchase handmade paper, recycled paper, vellum overlays and metallics.
Another idea for choosing the right paper is to use special effects and finishes on the invitation paper.
How much wording you need to put on your invitation is one deciding factor on the size choice of your invitations.
Another is cost. If you choose an over-sized or unusually sized invitation, you will need to consider the extra postage required to mail them.
If you are looking for a special touch to make your invitation stand out, then you may want to consider adding unique embellishments to the invitations.
Embellishments may include:
Some current trends are:
Poems can help add special meaning to your invitations or programs.
Many people are using poems to help express their love for one another. These poems are as personal and as important to many couples as their vows.
Instead of using poetry, other people are putting verses on there invitations and programs to help express their love for one another.
Another idea is to purchase kits that include the invitations, envelopes, response cards, seals and information on making wedding invitations.
By using printable invitations, you can customize the look to reflect your wedding theme.
These kits can be purchased online, at stationary stores, at card shops, bridal supply stores and at most hobby stores.
There are certain etiquette rules to follow in the wording on your formal wedding invitations.
Military titles have their own rules.
More Casual or Contemporary Event
You can have a more unique invitation when you are having a less formal or non-traditional wedding. You can adapt the traditional wording to suit your own style.
If your reception is immediately after the ceremony, in the same location, and you are inviting all of your guests to attend, you do not need a separate reception card.
However, when the ceremony and reception are held in different locations or when only certain guests are invited to the reception then a separate reception card is used.
Response cards are a must when you require a head count for any reason.
By enclosing a separate response card and envelope with your printed invitations, your guests should respond whether or not they plan to attend.
Since there is a variety of insert cards, you may be wondering how to assemble them.
When using insert cards, it is a good idea to use folded invitations or invitations that have slits to put the cards in.
If you are having a small wedding, you might want to send out announcements to the friends you did not send an iinvitation to.
Announcement cards are usually mailed out on the day of wedding or shortly thereafter and can be sent by either set of parents or by the couple.
The announcement card can be printed on the same stock card used for the wedding invitations.
So that out of town guests can start making travel arrangements, more and more couples are choosing to send personalized save-the-date magnets to announce the date and time of their wedding.
If you are having a destination wedding, save-the-date cards are a great way to include travel details.
If you are on a tight budget and have the time, save-the-date magnets are fun and inexpensive to make.
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