The time has come and you are now looking for your wedding invitations. It's important to be well informed because it can be quite overwhelming.
Here are some decisions you'll need to make when choosing your wedding invitations:
- The Price: I suggest to have a price range in mind and not a fixed price. This allows for some flexibility. Do some research online and compare. If you chose to buy online, keep in mind that you cannot feel the quality of the cardstock or see the exact color. Also look for what the price includes. Some will price the invitation only and the response card and envelopes are sold separately. Whenever possible, find a local invitation designer where you can see and feel the products.
- The Style: A flat card, a folded card, or a pocket. A flat card is usually the least expensive, but not necessarily the least interesting. It can be elaborate or simple depending on the graphics or fonts you choose. A folded card allows you to place a seal or print a monogram on the cover. A pocket is wonderful if you want to insert the response card and if you have extra cards you need to include.
- The Size: A traditional size (5X7), a square, or a long and narrow (4X9). The 5X7 is traditional and it can be printed on the vertical or on the horizontal. The square is modern and unexpected. The 4X9 is sleek and trendy. It can also be used on the vertical or on the horizontal. It is important when choosing the size to consider postage. The square invitations are more expensive to mail than a standard 5X7. Bring the invitation to the post office and have it measured and weighed. You don't want your invitations to return because of insufficient postage.
- The Cardstock: Once you have determined the style and size you like, it's time to choose the texture and finish. Choose between metallic or matte and between textured or flat. Metallic papers are more expensive than matte and the thicker the cardstock the heavier they will be. Consider mixing textures and finishes, it gives it interest and contrast.
- The Color: If I were to advise you on your wedding dress or your hairdo, I would not tell you to take a risk and to go bold, but I am telling to take a risk and go bold when choosing your invitations. Your stationery is a great place to inject color and personality. Choose a color that you have always loved or a color that reflects both of you. Don't overlook the envelopes. Instead of white or ivory, go with colored envelopes. The colored envelopes can be your accent color. When making decisions on color, be creative and be yourself.
- The Embellishments: Ribbons or crystals. Consider adding a
simple crystal or a colored ribbon. Adding a crystal in the right
place can really make an ordinary invitation quite elegant or a ribbon
wrapped around can feel and look wonderful.
- The Text: How to address the guests. The bride and groom are inviting, the parents are inviting or both. Normally the individuals who are paying for the wedding will address their guests. However, speak to the parents involved and discuss weather or not they expect their names to be on the invitation. It is better to have the conversation before the invitations are printed.
It is important to have a sample made even if you need to pay a small fee. You want to be certain before they are printed. Start looking for your invitations six months before your wedding date. You need to mail them two months before to allow your guests one month to respond and to allow yourself one month to finalize the details.