Wedding season is upon us, and there are a lot of factors to consider when planning a wedding. You’ve chosen the venue decided on a date, and it’s all booked. There is one thing more you need to do, invite your guests! Well, it would be a pretty quiet event without them, right?
There are a few things to consider when creating a wedding invitation, not least of which is that the look of them will set the tone for the big day. Below we are going to discuss a few things to remember when creating your perfect wedding invitation.
What is Your Budget?
Let’s face it, weddings can be extremely expensive, and you probably have a budget to work within. That budget needs to account for all aspects of your big day, so you need to be realistic when it comes to how much you can afford to spend on the invitations. Keep a budget in mind before you start to shop.
Don’t forget to budget for the postage costs and bear in mind that wedding invitations are often heavier than regular letters, so may cost a little more to send.
Pro Tip: The number of invitations you will require will equal the number of households you are sending to, not the total number of guests. So don’t over order. If you have 150 guests, but many are in the same household, you may only need 90 invitations, for example.
It’s All in The Timing
The last thing you want to do is rush your decisions. Make sure you start to research what designs appeal to you (Pro Tip: Pinterest is a great source of inspiration), well in advance of getting your design in print. Having a clear idea of what you would like will help to reduce the time it takes to create the perfect wedding invitation.
You should be sending your invitations out around three months before your wedding day, to give your guests plenty of time to reply. It is a good idea to give them an RSVP timescale of up to six weeks. Then you need to account for design time and printing time, plus extra time just in case any alterations are required. It is always better to overestimate the length of time it will take to have your invitations ready.
Choose Your Design
Whether you are getting your wedding invitations designed by a professional or you are designing them yourself, this is the fun part. You will need to consider the colours, font, theme (if you have one) and the overall feel of the design, does it match the vibe for your big day?
Pro Tip: Scroll through your pins on Pinterest of the examples you have chosen and see what jumps out at you as a common theme.
Make sure your designer has all the important details before they begin work on your invitation. They will need to know:
• The date of your big day
• The venue for the wedding ceremony and the after party
• Whether you have a lot of guests travelling from far away (it may be advisable to get the invitations out a little early in this instance)
• Are there any other events such as rehearsal dinners that the guests need to know about?
You may want to include pictures or graphics on your invitation. Something that represents the theme or a picture of the venue for example. You may wish to add a bow to the invitation or have it embossed. The font will need to be decided upon along with the layout of the text.
Choosing The Paper
Next is the paper, wedding stationery comes in a variety of weights, sizes and colours. You may want something simple and natural to match your design. Perhaps you are looking for a bright colour to grab your guests attention.
The look and feel of the paper you choose is important as this is what will help to set the tone for the big day. You also need to consider whether your invitation requires folding or if it will be going in whole to the envelope.
Pro Tip: Choose your envelope first. There is nothing worse than having your invitation on the perfect paper, in the perfect colour, only to find that you can’t get an envelope to match. The envelope is just as important as the invite as it houses your invitation.
Finally, Keep Things Simple
Don’t try to cram in too much information or too many graphics on your wedding invitation; it will just look confusing. There are a few things you can do to help your guests.
1. Include a map and directions with the invitation
2. Include a list of hotels and B&Bs where guests can stay overnight
3. Have a ready prepared RSVP slip that your guests can fill in and send back to you
Alternatively, you could set up a temporary wedding website with free hosting and put the website address on the invitation. Then all the information your guests need can be added to that site.
Final Pro Tip: PROOFREAD! Check check and check again before printing. Missing a mistake could lead to a costly reprint.