Today’s guest post is proudly presented by La Bride from Paperlust Wedding Invitations. Titled ‘Wedding Invitations: What you need to know’, it perfectly describes the essential knowledge required when it comes to preparing your wedding invitations.
As all of us know, there’s nothing quite as exciting as getting engaged, but it can also be terribly overwhelming to start your wedding planning. We can help by filling you in on one of the first things you need to think about: wedding invitations!
What’s in a wedding invitation suite?
Over the course of your engagement and wedding, there are many different kinds of stationery you might choose to use. The absolute basics are wedding invitations, RSVP cards, and thank you cards. Ideally, you might also have saved the dates (depending on a few factors!), information/wishing well cards, an order of service, a seating chart, place cards, and wedding menus. You might also like to add engagement announcements, engagement party invitations and engagement party thank you cards, and ‘Will you be my bridesmaid/groomsman?’ cards.
What cool print options are there?
When you think of just your normal ink on a page, you’re thinking of digital printing. This is popular, of course, but lots of people like to opt for other cool touches for such a special occasion. Letterpress (print indented in the page) and foil-stamping (sections of gold or other metallic foil) are popular, as well as print on wood and metallic ink. There is also the option for raised foil print.
What do I need to think about before I order invitations?
When you’re thinking about wedding invitations you first need to consider what your wedding is going to be like, and what factors are influencing your plans. What is your budget? What’s your time frame for wedding planning? What sort of color scheme are you working with? You should also think about what style you’re interested in. Think about what styles and print styles you like most, and what will fit best with the nature of your event. Have you looked at wedding venues yet? What style venue are you leaning towards? Are you having a Spring wedding or a Winter one? How formal is the event going to be? These sort of questions will help narrow down your choices and make the whole thing far less overwhelming.
What information should be included in the invitation?
Focus on the questions you learned in primary school: who, what, when, and where? Specify who you are inviting, and make it clear who is getting married and who is hosting the event. Make it clear what your guests are being invited to (a wedding, of course! But is it just a ceremony or is there a reception? Is it an afternoon or a weekend?) and how formal the occasion will be. Of course, you also need to give your guests the time and place. If you have other information you want to communicate (wishing well information, accommodation options, directions etc.) it should be done with other cards included in the wedding invitation package, not on the actual invitation itself.
There’s a lot to worry about when you’re planning a wedding, and wedding invitations can be one of the first big purchases of your wedding. Getting them right can set the ball rolling for the rest of the planning, so it can be an overwhelming choice. Luckily, if you start thinking about all these things before you order your wedding invitations, choosing the right ones will be a breeze!
This was a guest post by Maddison Wallace from Paperlust. Maddison is head of content at Paperlust. She is a communications professional, postgrad student, part-time librarian, and occasional wedding photographer. She loves words and drinking cups of tea.
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