Just getting started with your wedding invitations? Find out everything you need to know to get them ordered, sealed and delivered.
Define Your Wedding Style
Along with listing the place and period, the invitation—and, more specifically, its style—hints to the formality of your wedding. You ought to have an idea of the type of event you’re throwing—classic and elegant, casual and relaxed, or glam and modern—before you begin buying stationery, in order to choose an invitation style that hits exactly the same note. Then browse stationers’websites and others couples’ wedding invitations to gather inspiration so you can give your stationer an idea of that which you like.
Know Your Colors
Think about your wedding colors too. You may want to add 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 may be the classic selection 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 think about that veering away from the conventional envelope size can increase the postage—bulky or extra-large invites could cost more to send.
Make Sure They’re Legible
As you think about colors and patterns, don’t overlook the text—the information you put on the invitation is the entire 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 choosing those, make certain the background contrasts enough for the words to pop, or work those colors into the design as opposed to the text. Also, be skeptical of hard-to-read fonts as an overly scripted typeface—that you don’t 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 ought to 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 similar to “so and so request the honor of one’s presence.” The wording can transform because the hosting situation does, so make sure to double-check you’ve added everyone who ought to be included.
Don’t Crowd the Card
List only the important thing points in your invitation: ceremony time and location, the hosts, your and your fiancé’ s names, the dress code (optional) and RSVP information. Attempting to squeeze a lot of onto the invitation card may make it harder to read and it won’t look as elegant. Leave things such as directions to your wedding venue and details 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 destination for a list registry information is on your own wedding website.