Just getting started with your wedding invitation cards? Find out everything you need to know to get them ordered, sealed and delivered.
Identify Your Wedding Design
The invitation is your guests' initial peek at your wedding style. Together with listing the location and time, the invite -- and, more precisely, its design -- hints to the formality of the wedding. You should have an idea of the kind of event you're throwing -- classic and classy, or glam and modern -- before starting searching for stationery, so you can pick an invite style that strikes the similar note. After that search wedding invitation photos and stationers' web sites and collect inspiration in order to give your stationer a concept of what you may like.
Be familiar with Your Colors
Think about your wedding colors too -- you really should combine your tones and a motif into your wedding invitations and then carry both through to the rest of your wedding paper (like the escort cards, menu cards and ceremony programs) for a cohesive look. While ivory, cream or white card inventory paired with a black or gold font is the traditional preference for formal wedding invitations, additionally you can enhance your invites with colorful or sparkling fonts, paper stock, envelopes and liners. Just keep legibility in mind when choosing your colors (continue reading for more on that).
Play With the Shape and Size
A 4.5-inch-by-6.25-inch rectangular card is the conventional size and shape for wedding invites. But couples are also channeling more playful or modern vibes with circular, scalloped and rectangular invitations. Do not forget: Veering off from the regular envelope size can improve the postage -- bulky or extra-large invites may cost more to deliver.
Make Sure They're Clear to read
As you consider colors and patterns, don't ignore the text -- the information you put on the invite is the entire point of delivering it out in the first place. Your local stationer can help, but in general, prevent light ink on light backgrounds and dark ink on dark backgrounds. Yellow and pastels are tough colors to read, therefore if you're choosing those, make sure the background variations enough for the letters to pop, or work those tones into the design rather than the text. Additionally, be cautious about hard-to-read fonts similar to an overly scripted typeface -- you don't wish to sacrifice legibility.
Choose Your Words Wisely
Understand the guidelines to wording your invite. Typically, anyone who is hosting is outlined 1st on the invite. Customarily, you ought to spell the whole thing out, this includes the time of the ceremony. On traditional wedding invitation cards, there's always a demand line after the host's name -- something like so and so "request the honor of your presence." (Read Wording Invitation Samples for all the details.)
Don't Crowd the Card
Use just the key points on your wedding invitation: wedding ceremony time and place, the hosts, the couple's names, the dress code (optional) and RSVP data. Trying to squeeze too much onto the invitation card makes it harder to read through -- also it won't look as elegant. Make things like manuals to your wedding venue and details about postwedding things to do for your wedding ceremony website and/or print these on individual enclosure cards. One piece of information that doesn't fit at anyplace on your current suite: where you're subscribed. The only acceptable place to list registry details are on the wedding website.
Your save-the-dates ought to go out six to eight months before the wedding. It can take between a few days to a few weeks -- or additional time, depending upon how extravagant you go -- to print them. While your save-the-dates don't need to complement your invites, purchasing everything from one stationer can help you save money and make the invitation procedure easier on you. So start scouting stationers 9 to 11 months before the wedding. Attempt to buy your invitations about four to five months out so they're ready to mail six to eight weeks before the wedding. If you're having a destination wedding or marrying over the vacations, mail out your invites even earlier (10 to 12 weeks before the wedding).
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