Choosing Your Wedding Invitations
Choosing Perfect Wedding Invitations
As you search for the perfect wedding invitation, your individual style should be at the forefront of it all in order to make a lasting impression on your big day. With endless options around every corner, selecting just one can become quite daunting; this guide will provide you with plenty of creative ideas and inspiration so that you can pick out an invite that captures everything there is to love about getting married!
Wedding Stationery & Choosing Your Wedding Invitations
There are a variety of different wedding stationery items that you may need for your wedding. The most common items are save the dates, wedding invitations, rsvp cards, orders of service, menus, place cards or place settings, a wedding guest book, table plan and types of sign you need on the day. Wedding invitations are the first thing your friends and family will see, so choosing a design that represents you both as a couple is essential. You’ll also need to decide on the style of your invitations. Do you want something traditional, modern, or unique? Once you’ve decided on a type, you can begin shopping for wedding invitations.
Many wedding stationers online provide wedding invitations, so you’ll be able to find something that fits your budget and style. Many have their website, shop or use Etsy or Instagram. Make sure to read the product descriptions carefully to ensure that you’re getting the quality you expect. It’s also a good idea to order samples of the invitations you’re considering before making your final decision.
When ordering your wedding invitations, don’t forget to allow enough time for them to be produced and sent to you. Most wedding stationers require 4-6 weeks for production, so plan accordingly. You should also factor in time for addressing and mailing the invitations. Planning when you want to send your invites will determine when you need to order them.
If you’re like most brides and you’ve started to think about invitations for your wedding, you’ll need to research ideas. There is no perfect way to find inspiration or ideas but searching on Pinterest is a good start. You can also find ideas for choosing your wedding invitations by searching online or through magazines. Many websites offer inspiration for invitations, so take some time to browse through them. You can also find inspiration through friends and family who have recently been married.
An easy way to decide is to choose something that you love! Then, if you have one, consider choosing your wedding invitations to match your theme.
Wedding Stationery Samples
To compare different wedding invitations and find the perfect one for your big day, look at stationers and graphic designers who offer free samples as part of their collections. Of course, sending samples is costly, so don’t rule out those who make a small charge; it’s often refundable against your eventual order.
It’s often worth paying a small amount to check the quality and the design of the finished product. At the same time, check the supplier’s design process, their graphic design services and whether they will accommodate your preferred colours and the actual invitation designs. Checking several wedding stationers will help you see who offers the best advice and your favourite designs.
When you’re looking for wedding invitations, ordering samples of the designs you’re considering is a good idea. It will allow you to compare options and find the perfect invitations for your big day. Most wedding stationers offer free samples as part of their collections, so take advantage of this!
Day Wedding Invitations
There are many things to consider. You need to choose the right design and wording, and you also need to think about when and how to send them out.
The best time to send wedding invitations is about six to eight weeks before the wedding day. This will give your guests enough time to make arrangements and return their RSVP card. If you’re having a destination wedding, you may want to send out invitations sooner, as guests will need more time to make travel arrangements.
Personalised Wedding Invitations
Personalised wedding invitations or bespoke invitations will include the bride and groom’s names on the wedding invites. This will make them extra special and unique, and your guests will love having something special to remember your wedding by often keeping them as treasured keepsakes. There are many different personalisation options available, which can also include printing the names of the guests to save you the effort of hand addressing. You can also choose to print your invitations in a particular font or colour to make them even more personal.
Evening Wedding Invitations
Evening wedding invites are a type of invitation sent to guests for the celebration that takes place after the wedding in the evening. They are typically less formal than daytime invitations and often include wording specific to the evening event.
Types of Elegant Invitations for Weddings
There are so many different designs, colours and styles to choose from. You can choose a traditional design with elegant fonts and colours or go for a more modern feel. You can also choose a unique design that represents your personality as a couple.
Whatever style you choose, ensure the invitations are printed on high-quality paper to give them a luxurious feel. You can also choose to have your invitations foil-pressed (foil-stamped) or embossed for an extra-special touch.
Popular Wedding Stationery Colours and Themes
Rose Gold Wedding Invitations
Rose gold wedding invitations are popular for couples who want something unique. Rose gold is a beautiful colour that combines the warmth of gold with the softness of pink, and it’s perfect for weddings. There are many collections of rose gold wedding designs to choose from, so you can find the perfect invitations for your day.
Black and White Wedding Invitations
Black and white is a classic choice. These invitations will be elegant and stylish, and the recipient will love them. There are many different black and white wedding invitation designs so that you can find the perfect invitations for your big day.
Gold Wedding Invitations
Gold is a popular choice for a collection because it is a luxurious colour. As a result, gold wedding invitations feel special. There are many gold wedding invitation designs; you’ll be spoilt for choice!
Silver and White Wedding Invitations
Silver and white wedding invites are another popular choice. Silver and white is a timeless combination that is always on-trend.
Gold, Silver and Rose Gold can have a foil print element.
Rustic Wedding Invitations
Rustic wedding invitation design is popular with couples who want something with a natural feel. Rustic wedding design often includes hessian, twine and kraft card.
Kraft card is a type of paper that is made from recycled materials. It is a popular choice for wedding invitations because it has a natural feel and is environmentally friendly. Create beautiful invitations with kraft card that can be printed in many colours but look lovely with a white print.
Floral Wedding Invitations
Floral wedding invitations are popular for couples as they’re pretty and can include the couple’s favourite flowers. Floral designs can also incorporate the meanings of flowers, for example
- Roses – love, appreciation, and congratulations
- Lily – purity and innocence
- Orchid – love, beauty and refinement
- Daisy – innocence, childhood and new beginnings
Vintage Wedding Invitations
Vintage wedding stationery is perfect for couples who want something with a classic and timeless feel. Vintage-inspired wedding invitations are available in various designs, from simple and elegant to ornate and detailed.
Illustrated Wedding Invitations
If you want something unique, fun and colourful, consider having your wedding invitations illustrated. You can find various designs, from simple and elegant to fun and quirky. Some will provide a caricature of the bride and groom.
Foil Stamped Wedding Invitations
Foil-stamped wedding invitations are a luxurious option that can add a special touch to your big day. They’re available in various colours, and you can choose to have your names and wedding date foil-pressed on the invitations.
Shaped Wedding Invitations
Invites with a particular shape have become popular recently, so look at arches, half arches and pill shapes grouped with a teardrop paper clip. Mixing contemporary paper colours evokes a fresh and modern feel to the stationery.
Lasercut Wedding Invitations
Laser-cut wedding invitations are perfect if you’re looking for a unique and elegant wedding invitation. They will add a touch of luxury and are very intricate and pretty, which is an ideal design for a wedding.
Lasercut wedding invitations are available in a wide range of options, collections and colours and include wedding pockets and a simple folded wedding card.
Handmade Wedding Stationery
Handmade wedding stationery is a beautiful and unique option for your big day. It is made with love and care, and each invitation is unique. Handmade wedding invitations often include special touches, such as lace, ribbons or beading.
If you’re looking for something special and unique, handmade wedding invitations are a perfect choice.
Layered invitations are made with two or more layers of cardstock, and you can decorate them with ribbons, bows, or other embellishments. There are many different layered designs to choose from, so you can find the perfect invitations for your big day.
Make your Wedding Invitation
Many suppliers will create bespoke invitations, but there’s no reason why you can’t create your own wedding invitations. So, what should you keep in mind when making wedding invitations? Here are a few tips:
1. Start with the envelopes; choose the envelope size and quality (and check the colour you like is available), as this will determine the size of the wedding invitation. Remember that your envelopes are essential and add to the whole experience of opening the invite.
2. Coordinate the wedding invitation with your other stationery items, such as rsvp cards and thank-you cards, from the outset, so you have a clear plan.
3. Make sure the font and colour are easy to read.
4. Select a high-quality card or paper stock, and make sure you do a test print to check that your printer is suitable. Always choose a paper stock that fits your theme, so for rustic invites, use kraft paper, matt appears for modern and pearlescent papers for classic.
5. Include all necessary information, such as date, time and location.
Deciding to create your wedding invitations can save on costs which is critical if you’re on a tight budget.
Wedding Invitation Wording
When wording your invites, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, you must include all the essential information, such as the wedding date and time, the location of the ceremony and reception, and how to RSVP. Secondly, you want to choose wording that reflects your wedding. For example, if you’re having a formal wedding, you’ll want to use more formal language in your invitations. Thirdly, you may wish to personalise your invites by including a special message from you and your fiance.
For guidance on wording, please read our blog and make use of our free downloadable wedding invitation templates, which include some Microsoft Word templates so that you don’t need to have design software.
Final Thoughts on Choosing Your Wedding Invitations
When it comes to wedding stationery, choose something you love and don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. There are so many choices that you can find the perfect design for your wedding without following the trends. And if you want to add a personal touch, why not try making your invitations it might save you some pennies? Our craft supplies section has everything you need to get started. And if you need any additional help or advice, our team is here to guide you every step of the way. So go ahead and start browsing – we can’t wait to see what you’ve created!