Your wedding invitations are by far, the most important written communication you will have between yourselves and your wedding guests. The wedding invitation formally extends the request for the honor of your guests’ company to celebrate with you on your big day!
So, what’s the best way to design your wedding invitations? Well that, like mostly everything else in your wedding, is strictly a personal decision, but the best advice I can give you is your wedding invitations, at minimum should have:
- Your names (no brainer)
- Your wedding date (second no-brainer)
- Your ceremony and reception locations (third no-brainer)
- RSVP date (don’t overlook!)
Now everything else in between is up to you. But let’s get started with the basics, and then you’ll have a solid understanding of the wedding invitation process.
Find a stationer both whose style you like and who can fulfill whatever invitation design you desire. Stationers are everywhere — you can find high-end upscale companies who will charge a pretty penny for their work, all the way down to inexpensive online DIY stationery sources like Vistaprint. Just make sure your taste, budget and expectations are all in line with whatever stationer or process you use.
Choose a paper stock and color
Various paper stock and color is in endless abundance. There are so many different types of papers from which to choose– everything from linen to heavy card stock, classic whites to pastels, and anything in between. So whatever combination tickles your fancy the most is what you should choose. But a basic guideline: choose the classic white linen for a traditional wedding and a lighter weight paper stock perhaps in color for a whimsical, or contemporary wedding design.
photo credit: Wedding Paper Divas
Choose a font
Your style of font should match the formality (and in some cases, the theme) of your wedding. Most often traditional wedding invites use cursive fonts or calligraphy-styled fonts. If your wedding is more on the modern or informal side, then a “fun” or “hip” font can be used.
photo credit: www.minted.com
Decide on formalities and wording etiquette
Here’s where things can get tricky. Depending on several factors including how traditional (or contemporary) your wedding is, how old you are, and who is footing your wedding bill can all drive the wording on your invitations. Refer to the etiquette guidelines as to what the proper salutation should be depending on your particular circumstance.
There are several types of printing processes used to print wedding invitations. They include: calligraphy, digital, engraving, letterpress, thermography, and off-set lithography. Like every other detail and decision that goes into your wedding invitations, this too is determined mostly by style. More traditional wedding invitations favor engraving and letterpress printing and more modern swings towards thermography for more of a “clean” finish at a less expensive cost.
Make sure you order more than enough invitations to both cover your guest list count as well as extras just in case. A good rule of thumb: Order 10% more than what you need — i.e. If you have 100 invited guests, order at least 110 invitations. Also, don’t forget to pull at least one as a wedding keepsake!