By Skylar Mavar
Creating a wedding invite presents couples with infinite options — which can be exciting, but also overwhelming. Here’s how to narrow down the possibilities to wind up with the perfect announcement of your nuptials.
1. REFLECT YOUR STYLE
Choose invitations that align with your theme and personal style. Whether you’re hosting an elegant, modern, rustic or vintage affair, your invitation should set the tone for your special day. You should have an idea of the event’s formality and the colors or elements you want. Add a personal touch to your invitations with custom monograms or designs that reflect your unique love story.
2. MIND THE BUDGET
Keep the process positive and avoid falling for an invitation bundle that doesn’t fit your budget. The easiest way to avoid this is to divide your invitation budget by the number of invitations you’ll need. This per-invitation price will help you create stationery within your price range.
3. CONSIDER DIFFERENT STYLES
While the standard is a traditional, fold-in-half design, don’t limit yourself when another style may better suit your personality as a couple. Here are a few options you may not know about:
- Non-standard-shaped invitations: these add a twist to standard rectangular invitations by adding rounded corners or trading right angles for a bracket shape
- Pocket Invitations: these feature a folded design that opens to reveal a pocket holding goodies such as your RSVP cards or other embellishments.
- All-in-one Invitations: The invitation, envelope and RSVP card are included in one seamless design. Guests can simply tear off the RSVP card and send it back.
4. WEIGH YOUR PAPER OPTIONS
Invitation paper is higher-quality stock than your typical printer paper, for instance. There are plenty of stationeries that not only look different, but also feel different. Some options include:
- Premium smooth
- Luxe satin
- Double or triple thick
5. DON’T FORGET THE EXTRAS
Add-ons like shimmer or other embellishments are often worth the expense. Consider personalizing your invitations with foiling or a few decorative elements for a vintage look. Other types of invitation bling include envelope liners and vellum bands. They may not be functional, but they can provide a final decorative touch.
6. PRIORITIZE LEGIBILITY
While decorative fonts can be charming, ensure your guests can easily read the information. Have a third-party proof your design before you finalize your order. The last thing you want is miscommunication because your vowels all look the same. When in doubt, go simple and incorporate aesthetic design elements.
7. PROOFREAD — THEN PROOFREAD AGAIN
There are no redoes for your wedding invitations. Once they’re sent, there’s no going back. Again, consult with a third-party member to ensure all information is clear and correct. There’s no such thing as too much proofreading.