Over the years, as weddings have become more and more personalized, individuals are also trying to make their weddings more and more cohesive. Everything ties together – from bridal party attire to the venue, from the wedding website to the cake. It all flows together, and wedding invitations are a crucial component. Often, the wedding invites are the first part of the wedding experience for your guests. So if you’re wondering how to choose your invitations, keep reading for tips and tricks to help you pick out your perfect invites!
Know Your Budget
First things first, you’ll want to have a budget for your wedding. As fun as invites are, many invitations are expensive, so it’s important to know what your entire budget looks like and what you can afford to spend on your wedding invitations.
If you feel you can splurge on your invitations, go for the extravagant invites! But if you’d rather use your money elsewhere, consider going with simpler invitations or even go paperless with a personalized wedding website. You can still send simple invitations in the mail, but rather than also sending out RSVP cards and return envelopes, direct your friends and family to your website to RSVP to your wedding.
Think About Your Venue
Before you send out invitations, you’ll want to think about the venue you chose. Does your venue have a maximum guest capacity? Make sure not to invite more guests than your venue can host. You’ll also want to double-check and make sure you’re including the correct information for your venue on your invitations. Make sure you have the correct address and include directions if necessary.
You might also consider trying to match your invitations to the feel of your venue in order to make your entire wedding a more cohesive experience. For example, if you’re choosing to have a destination wedding at a beach resort, maybe choose a more relaxed theme with earthy and beachy tones. If your wedding is going to be in your home church, consider keeping the design simple and traditional.
Have a Guest List
Before you order your invitations, you’ll want to make sure you have your guest list in order. You don’t want to order your invites just to realize you don’t have enough or you ordered too many! This will also help you figure out how much you can spend on invitations. If you have a smaller guest list, you might be able to splurge on that fancy invitation set you’ve been eyeing.
Choose Where to Get Your Invites
Half the battle of deciding on your invitations is where to order them from. Choosing where to order from can make the rest of the process easier. If you’re thinking about ordering online, check out Zazzle or Minted for easy-to-design templates. If you’d rather go local or the small-business route, seek out a local stationer or calligrapher.
Find Your Style
Is your wedding traditional or modern? Formal or casual? Indoor or outdoor? When choosing your invitation design, it’s a good idea to consider your style and theme. If you’re having a themed wedding, tie your theme in with your invitations! If you’re going a traditional or formal route, keep the design simple with timeless fonts and designs.
Decide on Text
Once you know your style, it’s time to decide what your wedding invitations will actually say. We recommend that you first focus on the necessities before you think about wording or specific styles. You’ll want to include important details including your names, the date and time of your ceremony and reception, your venue’s address, an RSVP date, and any other important information such as attire.
After you have all the important information down, play around with fonts, wording, and style! We recommend limiting your fonts to 2 or 3 different styles. If you’re wanting to include fancy calligraphy, balance it out with simple font for the important details. You want your invitations to be both well-designed and legible!
Have Fun with It!
Wedding invitations are a great way to show off your style and personality. Have fun picking out the style, fonts, and play around with different layouts, cuts, and envelopes. Wedding planning can be stressful, but it should also be exciting, so relax a little and enjoy the ride!