Designing and choosing the right wedding invitations is one of the earliest important decisions you will make when planning your wedding. The invitation is the first thing your guests will be seeing so it should reflect both the bride and the grooms interests and tastes. There are many different options when it comes to picking out your invitations. You can choose what kind of paper you would like it printed on, what design and colours you would like, what shape you would like and if you would like to add a feature, or accent.
You can choose from various papers such as metallic, card stock, handmade, fine, Japanese or translucent paper. All of these types of paper come in a variety of colours and shapes. You will want to pick out a colour that will match your wedding colours.
If you don't want a plain wedding invitation, you can pick out a theme to have printed onto the wedding invitations. There are various themes that you can pick out that include couples pictures, wedding cakes, flute glasses and hearts to name just a few. You could also have a picture of the actual couple, or church, or wedding venue printed right onto the invitation. If you chose to have a picture printed on the invitation you might want to consider using the translucent paper as a part of your invitation. When you use translucent paper you can have the words printed on the sheer sheet with the picture underneath for a very elegant look.
Whether your budget allows for custom made invitations ranging from sophisticated to artistic or do-it-yourself creations, there are plenty of options to provide memorable wedding invitations.
An exquisite array of invitations is available for those planning a formal or traditional wedding. Before you begin visually scanning all the possibilities, familiarize yourself with the language of printers and invitation designers. Understanding the various folds, tri-fold, z-fold, and French-fold, as well as terms such as embossing, thermography, deckle edge and die-cutting can save you time and money.
Once you have picked out the paper and theme, you can then decide what size and shape you would like the wedding invitation to be. You can pick out a long and thin invitation, a short and wide one or one that is in the shape of an object such as a cake, heart or glass.
For the adventurous, a variety of unique wedding invitations can be explored from the homespun feel of a custom portrait boxed with rose petals, to CD/DVD presentations for the tech-savvy couple. Once you’ve selected the design for your wedding invitations, you’ll want to find creative wording to convey the sentiment of your relationship and wedding. Examining wedding invitation etiquette is a good place to begin for the appropriate wording of your invitations.
The next step is to choose if you would like to add an accent to the invitation. You can choose from ribbons and bows or metal objects such as hearts, champagne glasses or doves. There are a variety of accents to choose from to match your interests or style of your wedding.
If you do not want to go to a specialty card shop or design your invitations online, you can order a wedding invitation kit. These kits include pre-designed cards, return cards and envelopes. Once you receive the kit, all you have to do is add the text that you choose and any other additional pictures or flares you may want to add and press print. These kits often come with test paper so you can make sure your invitation is exactly the way you want it before you print them all out.
Regardless of whether your wedding invitations are traditional or casual, you will want to include an RSVP/response card, and a reception card. Other options are also available to include in the mailing (location maps, local places to stay, etc.) as a way to give your guests all the information needed to join in your special celebration.
As you can see, invitations are one of the most essential parts of your wedding preparations. It is a very important decision and by choosing a specialty shop, you'll be able to announce your wedding in your very own unique way.
Including a contribution by Steve Cancel, on behalf of MyExpression.com
Your wedding invitations should be personal and unique to you. From standard wedding invitations to bespoke personalised invitations, they should reflect you and your wedding day. They can be formal or informal and selected from many ranges available locally and via the web or can be home produced with a little imagination and creativity or a wedding invitation kit which is available from many sources.