Wedding invitations. Seems simple enough… right? Wrong. There’s a mountain of things to consider before you even begin! So, we’ve broken it down for you in a simple “Dos and Don’ts” list, highlighting the top trends for 2018.
WEDDING INVITATION DOS
CONSIDER THE THEME AND BE CONSISTENT
The theme of the wedding should match the theme of the invitations and all other related stationary (i.e. envelope, RSVP card, wedding program, menu card, etc.). Consider focal items, colour, and even tone of voice; formal versus casual will let your guests know what you want your special day to be like and provide insight into how they should dress.
Consider including a map card or directions to the venue even if it’s just on your wedding website. Your guests will appreciate the extra effort.
GIVE LOTS OF NOTICE
People are busy. It’s important to give them ample notice of your wedding date. Send your formal invitations out 6-8 weeks in advance and consider sending out a “Save the Date” card to give your guests extra notice (remember to make sure they match your invitations!).
LEAVE A GRACE PERIOD
You should set the RSVP date three weeks before the wedding date. This gives you extra time to call people that you haven’t heard from yet and sort out last-minute details such as a seating plan. Remember, there’s an app for that!
Just when you think you’ve included all your loved ones on the guest list, you remember Great Aunt Susan didn’t make the list. It’s a lot easier (and cheaper) to order a few extra invitations rather than place a whole new order.
Your invitation doesn’t have to go in a paper envelope. Be unique with your delivery method, think 3-Dimensional. You could use something such as a small personalized burlap-style bag or a small mason jar for a rustic or earth-tone themed wedding. Now is the time for creativity to flow!
WEDDING INVITATIONS DON’TS
MENTION REGISTRY INFORMATION
You do not want to mention your registry information because it may come off as impolite; you don’t want it to seem like you’re asking for gifts. Your guests may be inclined to ask which stores you’re registered with and you can include this information on your wedding website.
MENTION PRE- OR POST-WEDDING EVENTS
The formal invitation is not the place to mention pre- or post-wedding events. These events can be mentioned on your wedding website, by word of mouth, a separate invitation, or with an insert in the formal invitation.
USE MANY FONTS
Keep your font selection to two: a decorative or script font for accent lettering style and a block font for key information – it’s important information and using fancy fonts can impede legibility.
LIST “NO CHILDREN”
Rather than say, “no children”, address the inner envelope with each person’s name who is invited. You can also use phrases such as “limited seating.”
2018 HOT LIST: Invitation Trends
Now that you have a brief run down of what to remember and what to avoid, here’s a quick list of some of the top wedding invitation trends of 2018 – and yes, we can do this for you!
This may seem overwhelming but don’t worry, Collins is here to help make your special day perfect! We have sample books and an online catalogue of invitations and accessories for you to browse and get ideas flowing. Give us a call, book a consultation, or drop in!
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