Your wedding invitations set the expectations of the style, theme, and formality of your special day. With so much to think about when picking your perfect paper, we have narrowed down a list of 5 steps to achieve your invitations!
1. Choose Your Style
Your invitation style should reflect the style of your wedding. Think about the dress code you want. Are you going for a formal, black tie event? You can go bold and modern or keep it classic and simple. On the flip side, you can bring out whimsical elements of your garden wedding in your invitation with watercolor and elaborate graphic design. As long as there are no misspellings, your choice in design will never be wrong!
2. Choose your paper type and design
Paper options include vellum, rice, cardstock, and metallic. Look for samples of all different types. Don’t forget to consider different shapes when choosing your design. While the A-4 rectangle on cardstock is a traditional look, you can spice up your invitations by changing the paper design. Add a sweet extra touch with scalloped edges or go big by throwing away the rectangle shape altogether. For a completely modern twist, try circular invites printed on acrylic. Keep in mind that anything straying from traditional invitation size and weight can cost you extra in postage.
3. Decide what to include
There are a lot of different cards you can include with your invitation. If you are wanting to keep things minimal, we recommend at least including your invitation and response card. If you are having a significant amount of out of town guests, or you are having a destination wedding, you may want to include direction, accommodation, and weekend itinerary cards. As you pick out the cards you wish to enclose, make sure to stay consistent with the theme and tone of your invitation.
4. Wording Etiquette
Your invitation wording should follow the same feel as your invitation design. Whether you have chosen to stick with the traditional look, or branch out to something more whimsical, there are certain elements that every invitation should include. Your invitation should include:
- Who’s hosting
- A request to attend the wedding
- Names of the bride and groom
- Date and time
- Reception information (if the reception is at another location)
With the rules of traditional wedding etiquette becoming more modernized, there is no one way to do things anymore. Use our wording etiquette as a guideline that can be adjusted to fit your wedding style.
5. Understand your Timeline
As you already know, or soon will learn, the key to a successful stress-free wedding is a foolproof timeline and your invitations are no exception. Place your order three to six months prior to the wedding. Make sure you carefully proof the text used. Any errors, including typos found afterward, will be your responsibility, not the printer’s. Mail your invitations six to eight weeks before the wedding. For a destination wedding, your invitations should be mailed 12 weeks prior to your wedding. Make sure you weigh the complete invitation to ensure correct postage, most invitations require extra postage.