Just getting started with your wedding invitations? Learn everything required to learn to get them ordered, sealed and delivered.
Define Your Wedding Style
Alongside listing the positioning and time of day, the invitation—and, more specifically, its style—hints to the formality of one’s wedding. You should have a concept of the type of event you’re throwing—classic and elegant, casual and relaxed, or glam and modern—before you begin searching for stationery, to help you choose an invitation style that hits exactly the same note. Then browse stationers’websites and others couples’ wedding invitations to gather inspiration in order to give your stationer a notion of what you like.
Know Your Colors
Consider your wedding colors too. You may want to incorporate your hues and a motif (if you’ve one) into your wedding invitations—and then carry them throughout the remainder of your wedding paper (like the escort cards, menus and ceremony programs) for a cohesive look. While ivory, cream or white card stock paired with a black or gold font may be the classic choice for formal wedding invitations, you can also brighten your invites with colorful or metallic fonts, paper stock, envelopes and liners. Just keep readability in your mind when selecting your colors (more on that later).
Play With the Shape and Size
A 4.5-inch-by-6.25-inch rectangular card is the standard size and shape for wedding invitations. But couples are channeling more playful or modern vibes with circular, scalloped and square invitations. Don’t forget to consider that veering away from the standard envelope size can raise the postage—bulky or extra-large invites could cost more to send.
Make Sure They’re Legible
As you take into account colors and patterns, don’t forget about the text—the data you add on the invitation is the whole point of sending it out in the first place. Your stationer might help, but, generally speaking, avoid light ink on light backgrounds and dark ink on dark backgrounds. Yellow and pastels are tough colors to learn, so if you’re using those, make certain the back ground contrasts enough for the words to pop, or work those colors into the style as opposed to the text. Also, be skeptical of hard-to-read fonts such as an overly scripted typeface—you never wish to sacrifice readability for pretty letters.
Choose Your Words Wisely
Learn the rules to wording your invitation. Traditionally, whoever is hosting is listed first on the invitation. Customarily, you should spell everything out, including enough time of the ceremony. On classic wedding invitations, there’s always a request line after the host’s name—something such as “so and so request the honor of your presence.” The wording can change because the hosting situation does, so ensure that you double-check you’ve added everyone who should really be included.
Don’t Crowd the Card
List only the key points on your invitation: ceremony time and location, the hosts, your and your fiancé’ s names, the dress code (optional) and RSVP information. Wanting to squeeze too much onto the invitation card can make it harder to read and it won’t look as elegant. Leave things like directions to your wedding venue and information regarding postwedding activities for your wedding website and/or print them on separate enclosure cards. One bit of information that doesn’t belong anywhere on your own suite: where you’re registered. The only acceptable spot to list registry information is on your own wedding website.