Top Wedding Invitation Tips
The date of your big day is set, and your planning comes to wedding stationery purchase? Get top tips on how to order your ideal wedding invitations. To get the wedding cards of your dream, truly unique ones, we advise:
Introduce your wedding style
Wedding invitation is not merely the information that is printed inside, its design and style is a perfect chance to give the wedding idea to your guests. Whether it is a formal ceremony or a modern & chic one, destination wedding or themed vintage-inspired ceremony - you can hint by choosing the right invitation. Search for the card that inspires you and perfectly renders your ceremony's air.
Choose your invitation's format
Though traditional and formal invite has rectangular form, modern couples are not limited to this format and can play with the card's size and form (square, pocket fold, gatefold, wallet-shaped, scroll formats) - all the variety of artistic concepts are at your discretion!
Mind your wedding palette
Your wedding colours is another milestone that can (and should) influence the wedding stationery choice. Incorporate your wedding palette in the wedding cards and coordinating stationery (reply cards, place cards, wedding menus and order of service brochures) to achieve the total look. Classic ivory and white are perfect for traditional, formal and high-style weddings, while you can always opt for bolder and brighter colours to highlight the original theme of your wedding.
Calligraphy - crucial customising tool
Choosing your wedding invitations keep in mind that the font and text colours are essential tools to create your unique style: elegant calligraphy will highlight the invitation's graceful design, while clear, formal typeface will ensure the text' legibility. You can have the variety of combinations, creating the expressive and romanic look of your wording. Make sure the colours you choose contrast against the backdrop (so the wording is easy to read). Consult the graphic designer, and he will provide you with the selected font combos or make your unique blend of style & colour.
Consider your wording
You can easily find the rules of wedding invitations' wording. The short summary of these rules (for classic wedding invitation wording) is:
- host line
- the request line
- the brides and groom's names
- invitation line
- the wedding date
- the wedding location
- the RSVP details (optional, you can get a separate RSVP card instead).
Follow these simple rules, check the spelling carefully and try not to overload your invitation with insignificant details. Inform the basic, key data to your guests, for any additional information opt for extra cards (additional inserts, reply cards, hotel/accommodation info cards, etc.).
Check carefully the proofs
Once the stationer's expert has designed your wedding invitations, you will get the digital proof emailed to you or a sample posted. Take your time and check the wording carefully, proofread it with someone to make the comprehensive check: grammar, relevant information, names spelling. Make sure not a single detail is missed - once you approve the mock-up, all your invitations will be printed as it is.
Order wedding stationery well in advance
We highly recommend you order your wedding stationery (starting form save-the-date cards up to thank you notes) 8 -12 months before your wedding. Thus, you will have more than enough time to get the whole wedding suite designed, printed, and dispatched to you, so you can send out the invitations and get the timely reply from your guests. The production takes from a couple of days up to a few weeks, depending on the amount, complexity and individual customisation of your order. The best way to get the cohesive wedding stationery is to order it from the same stationer (it will give you a possibility to ask for discount as well). Schedule your order to get your wedding invites ready nine to twelve weeks before wedding.
Consider your budget
Nowadays wedding stationery market offers the widest range of prices: you can get your cards from 1 GBP per pc. to 80 GBP per card and more. The price varies depending on the design intricacy, paper, embellishment and ink quality, elaboration of printing techniques. All extra details and additional decoration will add a total price to your order. Research various options well ahead of your order - thus, knowing your exact quantity and all items and services you need apart from wedding invitations, you'll be able to precisely plan your stationery budget and make the bargain. Ordering of all items with one stationer's will always give you the possibility of bulk discount (the more you order, the more you save)!
Order spare invites
We highly recommend order extra invitations: the number of cards required for your guest list plus 10 - 20 extra invites for any force majeure circumstances (any changes to the wedding list, late cancelations, last-minute changes, unexpected guests). So, it's better to have extra wedding cards at your disposal for such emergency cases. Or to give them out to your relatives as precious keepsakes after the wedding (in case these extra will remain unused).