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Wedding Resources | Featured Article

Choosing the Perfect Wedding Invitation

By Pamellia Johnson
Creative Director, Wedding Designs

Choosing the perfect invitation for your special day may seem like a simple task, but with hundreds of companies offering thousands of different invitations, it can be a trying chore. Yes, wedding invitations let your guests know where and when the celebration is to take place, but that is not all that they do. Invitations play an important role in your special day, for not only do they set the tone for your wedding, but they should also reflect the style and personality of the bride and groom. Whether your style is contemporary, traditional, lavish or elegant, your invitation should give your guests a glimpse of the fantastic celebration to come and leave a long and lasting impression on your friends and family.

So how do you choose the perfect invitation? Here are some easy guidelines:

  • Consider the style of your wedding. Whether your style is casual, semi-formal or formal, be sure to avoid sending an invitation that gives the wrong message. For instance, if your reception is taking place at the local pub where you first met, sending an ultra formal invitation will confuse your guests…they will probably show up unprepared and inappropriately dressed.
  • Consider the color scheme and theme. Your invitation should compliment all the elements of your wedding. For example, if your wedding is to take place outside and incorporates outdoor elements, your invitation might be on textured, natural colored paper with a flower design, while a crisp white invitation with formal text might be more appropriate for a black tie event with champagne and caviar.
  • Choose the highest quality you can afford. Although it might seem that making the invitations yourself is an affordable choice, the cost of materials and the time it will take you to print and assemble them is surprisingly considerable. Some papers smear and some can jam a home printer, resulting in an unsatisfactory result. A sloppily printed or poorly designed invitation sends the wrong message regardless of how much money you may have saved. Trust your invitations to professionals who have the experience and skills to supply you with a beautiful product.
  • Decide on your stationery pieces. Invitations and response cards are not the only pieces you will need. Consider reception cards with an address and/or a map. You may also want matching thank-you cards, table number cards, place cards and a seating chart. Wedding programs are a nice way to introduce your wedding party to the guests, and make them aware of any special traditions that will be taking place. Many companies offer a variety of matching pieces such as save-the-date cards and favor tags. Make sure to check with your retailer about what they offer and order everything together, last minute additions may be costly and hard to receive on time.
  • Order a sufficient amount of stationery. Ordering the correct amount of invitations does not just depend on the number of people on your guest list. If there are 100 people on your guest list, this does not necessarily mean you need 100 invitations. Couples, for example, will require only one, and any children they have will be covered with the same invitation. Make sure to include the bride’s parents, the groom’s parents and the wedding party in your final count. Ordering extra invitations and envelopes is a must. This allows for mistakes in your addressing, for any last minute additions to your guest list, and of course, a memento for yourself.

With this information in mind you are on your way to wowing your guests with the perfect wedding invitation. Remember to mail your invitations four to six weeks before the wedding to ensure your guests are able to respond in time.

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Congratulations and best wishes.

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