Choosing wedding invitations


Similar to choosing the perfect wedding dress, ordering invitations can cause bridal panic attacks. First impressions last forever, and choosing wedding invitations can set the tone and theme for the entire affair – not to mention the fact that they’ll last forever in your mother-in-law’s scrapbook.

Put all that together and it’s easy to see what a central role invites play in your big day. But remember, this is supposed to be fun! Take a deep breath and consider the following invitation details to guide yourself through the process intact.

Many brides struggle with creating the perfect theme for their weddings. In my experience, brides begin with a theme in mind, but it goes out the window once they see invitation samples they love. Keep an open mind about invitations, especially if you have no locked-in theme or colour scheme. Sometimes, actually viewing product samples is the difference between liking an invitation and ordering an invitation. My best advice when it comes to planning a wedding is to stick with a colour theme, rather than stick to a design theme. Narrow design themes can eliminate choices before you’ve even considered them.

Invitations can get pricy. It’s also difficult to weigh a fair price against the level of quality and detail required. I recommend that brides compare the prices of many vendors on wedding e-marketplaces to ensure they’re receiving reasonable deals. Some vendors may offer free guest address printing on invitation envelopes, while some offer free shipping. It’s important to consider each aspect of a price to get the biggest bang for your buck

Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. What one bride loves, another bride hates. For example, more outgoing brides could feel that a metallic pocket fold with a satin ribbon and rhinestone buckle perfectly sets the stage for an elaborate, flashy wedding. On the other hand, traditional brides may love classic invitations, featuring a white cotton cardstock with black, gold or silver lettering that appears simple and elegant. In any case, I have found that bold-coloured ribbons or coloured rhinestone embellishments have negative effects on wedding invitations. These aspects can make invites appear “Sweet 16-ish,” and no bride wants that look.

I would also recommend that brides stay away from adding photos of the couple to the wedding invitations. Photos of the couple, or of a landscape, are more appropriate for an engagement party or a save-the-date announcement. If you have your heart set on incorporating a favourite photo, use it on your wedding program, table menu or wedding favour. A beautiful picture of the couple on a custom wine label definitely makes a lasting impression on guests.

My final recommendation when it comes to ordering invitations is to always purchase a sample before placing a full order. This allows brides to physically see the quality of the invitation before placing a large order. Remember that actually viewing a product can make all the difference.

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