Giving an invitation is the ultimate way to tell your friends and family that they mean a lot to you. Your wedding invitations will also set the tone, mood and theme of your wedding so make sure you choose wisely! You can find your wedding invitations from many different outlets – specialist wedding stationers, department stores, bridal boutiques, printers, artists, graphic designers and on the internet.
You’ll be astounded at the range of possibilities. Get creative and consider the endless palette of colours and designs. Search wedding invitations on Pinterest for ideas – there are literally hundreds!
Begin by choosing gorgeous paper…white, coloured, glossy, matt, thick, thin, textured, smooth, hand-made, recycled… there are a myriad of gorgeous papers available. The shape of your invitations will affect the cost- non-standard shapes are more labour intensive and result in a lot of paper wastage. Printing options also vary in look and cost, from standard laser printing to old-fashioned letterpress.
Wedding stationery can be made from or incorporate a number of exciting materials other than paper. You could use tin, steel, aluminium, wood, brass, glass, fabric or even chocolate! Invitations on CD or DVD are another great idea for technology loving couples. Be as creative as you like – the more your invitation stands out, the more excited your guests will be.
A professional stationer or printer can offer literally hundreds of typefaces or fonts! Be aware, that some type fonts may look great but may be hard to read so it’s essential to strike a balance between beauty and legibility.
If you don’t find a design you love from the countless ready-made or pre-cut designs available, you can always design your own. Professional stationers and designers will be only too happy to help you transform any design ideas into reality.
Don’t spoil a lovely wedding invitation with an unattractive envelope! When ordering wedding invitations, ask to see a sample of the envelopes to check that they match in colour and quality and are a snug fit for your invitations. If you have an irregular shaped or sized invitation you will need to have envelopes custom-made.
Etiquette dictates that envelopes should be addressed with the receiver’s title (eg. Mr P Green). Where you are unsure of a woman’s title, ‘Ms’ is always a safe bet. Also be sure to print your return address on the back of the envelope so you’ll know if any invitations don’t reach their destination. Take a look at our Wedding Invitation Etiquette guide to ensure you avoid a social faux pas.
A range of matching stationery adds distinction to your special occasion. Choosing your wedding invitations is only the first step… Most couples find that they order several additional stationery items for their wedding, which serve both a practical and decorative purpose. This includes reply cards, thank you cards, gift registry cards, order of service booklets and place cards. Learn about all these items in The Complete Wedding Stationery Collection.
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