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The Wedding Invitation: How to Pick the Perfect One

"Come Away With us" Wedding Invitation Wedding invitations are kind of a big deal in the world of wedding planning. Why? Wedding invitations are one of the first introductions that your guests have to your wedding. Whether the invitation you send is formal, laid-back, themed, DIY, or plain-Jane, will give your guests an idea of what to expect on the wedding day. This can lead to what kind of gifts they will buy you, how they might dress, and how long they expect to stay. It is not really a matter of which one is better, but which invitation is best for your wedding.   Silver Jacket Invitations Kit For the Formal Wedding:  A Formal wedding needs, of course, a formal invitation. Some of the best styles will be an invitation simply trimmed in gold, silver, or your main wedding color. The font would need to be clean, perhaps your names in a cursive, but clear and legible. You want everything to scream classy. It is probably best to pick a paper that is white or creme, and most definitely a hard card stock. Also, a nice touch would be to have the invitation tied in a ribbon. Don't do anything crazy; we don't want to see neon or anything resembling spandex, but a nice satin ribbon to add a light touch of color.     Peter + Kristy’s Rustic Letterpress Wedding Invitations

For the Themed Wedding:

If you are having a themed wedding, do NOT miss out on the opportunity your wedding invitation presents. It is the first step in creating that fairy tale, Great Gatsby, Whovian, "adventure is out there", atmosphere. You can't send a silver trimmed wedding invitation out and then have your guests show up to a carnival themed wedding with tickets, photo booths, dancing, fire jugglers, and games. It would be misleading. Plus, there is so much fun you can have with it. If you love books and want to have the written word at the center of your wedding, send out invitations styled like library check out cards. Or, if you are like the many that fell in love with Disney's Up, why not design invitations that look like hot air balloons or like the mailbox with the his and her hand print?. A themed wedding often leads to a lot of do-it-your-own, but for the perfect invitation you don't have to do-it-your-own completely. Try finding invitation kits that will start you out with the basics and then you can add your own design to it.  

 Botanical Green Invitations Kit Brown and Ivory Invitation Kit
For the Seasonal Wedding: If you are planning a wedding around a particular season, you of course need a seasonally coordinated themed wedding invitation. This doesn't mean a fall wedding requires maple leaves on the invitation, unless, of course, you really like maple leaves. It does, however, mean that you need to look for invitation styles that keep with a certain tone to match the season. A spring wedding, for example, lends to floral designs or garden foliage, and light colors, while a fall wedding is in need a warmer tones like brown, gold, deep red, burnt orange, and other colors that are more likely to remind you of snuggling up in a blanket. In the fall, it is also a great time to play with textures. For example, you can use a burlap tie, instead of a ribbon. Or in the spring, you can play with embossed designs to add levels to your design, but still keep it light and airy. 

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Getting the Wording Right: Formal Wedding Invites

More couples worry about the wording of their invitations than they do over any other detail of their wedding day. Wedding advice columns are always overflowing with lines like: “How should I word invitations if I’m hosting my own wedding?” or “How should I design my vow renewal invites?” Honestly, not much changes in each of these invitation scenarios if you’re sticking with a formal look. Guests expect formal invitations to look a certain way, and subtle changes in wording will keep the look and feel of traditional invites while changing erroneous information that guests aren’t even likely to notice. Take the following formal invite wording, which we’ve come to know and love:  

Mr. Joe Shmo and Mrs. Jen Shmo

Request the honor of your presence
at the ceremony uniting their daughter

 

Ms. Joanne Shmo

To

Mr. Jacob Boe

 

In the bonds of holy matrimony

 

On Sunday the Fifteenth of September
Two Thousand and Thirteen

At Four O’ Clock in the Afternoon

 

Reception to Follow     Think about revising that template if… Your ceremony is actually a Vow Renewal:
Vow renewals, like first weddings, happen when they do for a variety of reasons, most of which are completely valid. You have every right to a fun day of celebrating your unity with your family, but you have to keep in mind that a vow renewal isn’t a wedding. There are certain things you have to miss out on (bachelorette parties, bridal showers) and you should always be honest with your guests. If you signed the paperwork already, you’re married, and the invitation wording should reflect that. Think about changing:  

At the ceremony uniting

 

Ms. Joanne Shmo

To

Mr. Jacob Boe

 

In the bonds of holy matrimony   To  

At the vow renewal ceremony of

 

Mrs. Joanne Boe

And
Mr. Jacob Boe    

The hosting of your wedding isn’t clear, or you want to de-emphasize it:
Weddings used to be fully-funded by the parents of the bride, but that’s rare now. Couples are marrying later, family financial dynamics are shifting, and many couples want to make their own way in the world and are hosting the whole shebang themselves. If you still choose to word your invites so that the hosting situation for your wedding is clear, that’s completely fine. If not, think about changing:

Mr. Joe Shmo and Mrs. Jen Shmo

Request the honor of your Presence   To:  

Together with their families

 

Ms. Joanne Shmo

and

Mr. Jacob Boe

 

Request the honor of your presence…

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Formal Wedding Invitations: Kits and Tips

Writing Out your Formal Wedding Invitations

Formal Wedding Invitations

Formal wedding invitations are the one sure-fire way to let your guests know that your wedding will be formal. Formal wedding invitations are your last hope against jeans and sneakers at an event that you’ve spent a lot of time and effort coordinating and planning. While it usually isn’t right to tell your guests how to dress, your formal wedding invitations are an easy way to let your guests know what to expect. If your wedding is taking place at a venue with a dress code, don’t hesitate to add “jackets required” or “black tie” onto your formal wedding invitations.   Formal wedding invitations don’t have to be as expensive as they look, either. With kits available at most distributors, you don’t have to pay outrageous prices for formal wedding invitations. Print them yourself! Handwriting is important for your formal wedding invitations. Consider hiring someone to address your envelopes if you’re opting for formal wedding invitations. You don’t have to break the bank for a calligrapher, either. Enlist the help of a particularly penmanship-blessed bridesmaid, or post an ad for an art student at a local college. Of course, if you believe that your handwriting is beautiful enough for equally beautiful formal wedding invitations, don’t hesitate! Get to addressing your formal wedding invitations as soon as possible!
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