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Quick Guide to Wedding Invitations
As the saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a good first impression. That's exactly what your wedding invitations do in the eyes of your guests: The make that initial impression about the tone and style of your wedding day.
Whether you're having a super-traditional wedding celebration or a formal black-tie event or a light casual beachy theme, your invitations should convey that style.
Wedding invitations are one of the most important considerations that the bride and groom must make. Wedding invitations give guests all of the information they need in order to make plans to attend the wedding.
From the bride and groom's point of view however, this is one aspect of their wedding that can be truly daunting since there are an infinite number of styles, card stock, colors, formatting, and wording you can go with.
The key to narrow it down is to use your wedding style as your guide. Succinctly describe your wedding style and use that description to narrow down your initial choices.
Keep all the pieces of your invitation package consistent with your theme, motif, and colors, and with every other piece. The pieces usually include the mailing envelope, an inner envelope that holds all the pieces together, the invitation itself, a reception card, a response card, and a self-addressed stamped envelope guests use to send back their reply.
There are several places to purchase wedding invitations. Many other wedding vendors will also sell wedding invitations as a courtesy to their customers. This may sound appealing because it is one-stop shopping, but it may cost a lot more than the bride and groom have budgeted.
Instead, the bride and groom should look through the invitation books and choose what they feel is right for them. Then, they should take that knowledge and look on the Internet for the same wedding invitations or something comparable. These will likely be much less expensive for the exact same product.
When purchasing wedding invitations online, it is essential that the bride and groom have their wedding invitation wording decided and spelled correctly. Examples of popular wedding invitation wording are available on most web sites that sell wedding invitations.
The bride and groom may choose one of these or write their own. Either way, it is important for the bride and groom to make sure that all of the information is correct and spelled correctly.
The usual time to send out wedding invitations is about six to eight weeks prior to the wedding. For destination weddings, plan a longer timeline, more like three to four months ahead of your date. This is early enough to give guests that chance to save the date for the wedding, but also to give the guests time to respond and the bride and groom the time to finish their planning. They must set a date for the guests to respond by in order to have a complete headcount for their wedding.
The bride and groom will need to decide whether or not to include the reply information on the wedding invitations or to include a reply card with the invitation. These are all important considerations when purchasing the wedding invitations online.
These wedding invitations will give all of the guests the information they need to attend the wedding. This makes it imperative that the bride and groom give this aspect of their wedding planning the necessary attention. Luckily, it is one of the easier planning tasks, but must be done correctly.
Purchasing wedding invitations online is a wonderful way to save money while still sending guests the same quality invitations that can be purchased through other vendors. Wedding planning is stressful but fun, and the wedding invitations are no exception!
Here's a great video for the do-it-yourselfer:
DIY Affordable Wedding Invitations
Wedding Invitations Etiquette Guide
There are do's and don'ts when it comes to wording your wedding invitations.
Learn all about them with this fantastic wedding invitations etiquette guide.
Wedding Invitations Design Tools