Just getting to grips with your wedding invitations? Discover everything required to understand to have them ordered, sealed and delivered.
Define Your Wedding Style
Along with listing the location and time, the invitation—and, more specifically, its style—hints to the formality of your wedding. You should have a concept of the type of event you’re throwing—classic and elegant, casual and relaxed, or glam and modern—prior to starting shopping for stationery, to help you choose an invitation style that hits the exact same note. Then browse stationers’websites and others couples’ wedding invitations to gather inspiration to help you give your stationer an idea of what you like.
Know Your Colors
Think about your wedding colors too. You might want to incorporate your hues and a motif (if you’ve one) into your wedding invitations—and then carry them throughout the others 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 is the classic selection for formal wedding invitations, you may also brighten your invites with colorful or metallic fonts, paper stock, envelopes and liners. Just keep readability at heart whenever choosing your colors (more on that later).
Play With the Shape and Size
A 4.5-inch-by-6.25-inch rectangular card is the traditional 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 think about that veering far from the standard envelope size can increase the postage—bulky or extra-large invites may cost more to send.
Make Sure They’re Legible
As you take into account colors and patterns, don’t neglect the text—the info you put on the invitation is the whole point of sending it out in the very first place. Your stationer might help, but, in general, avoid light ink on light backgrounds and dark ink on dark backgrounds. Yellow and pastels are tough colors to read, so if you’re using those, make sure the backdrop 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 as an overly scripted typeface—that you don’t want 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 need to spell everything out, including the time of the ceremony. On classic wedding invitations, there’s always a request line after the host’s name—something similar to “so and so request the honor of your presence.” The wording can transform while the hosting situation does, so be sure to double-check you’ve added everyone who must certanly be included.
Don’t Crowd the Card
List only the important thing points on your own invitation: ceremony time and location, the hosts, your and your fiancé’ s names, the dress code (optional) and RSVP information. Attempting to squeeze too much onto the invitation card can make it harder to read and it won’t look as elegant. Leave such things as directions to your wedding venue and factual statements about 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 suite: where you’re registered. The sole acceptable place to list registry information is on your wedding website.