When the time comes for you to let all your friends and family know about your big day there are a few things to consider when choosing your wedding invitations.
These are normally the first glimpse of your theme or colour scheme that your guests have, it is all about first impressions so choose well.
If you have decided to have a themed day then you may want the wedding invitation to reflect this and give your guests a hint of what is in store, this could be achieved either through a coloured ribbon in the shade of the bridesmaid dresses or a flower that will be prominent on the day.
The other option is to keep your invitation plain and therefore keep your guests guessing about colour schemes etc.
Another factor to consider is the size and shape of your invite, a 4.5-inch x 6.25-inch rectangular card is the traditional size and shape. However, anything goes these days with couples opting for more fun or modern twists like circular, scalloped and square invitations. Just remember to factor in the cost of the postage, bulky or extra-large invites may be more expensive to send.
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Make your own!
It has become more popular for couples to create their own stationery for their weddings and many stationery suppliers sell all the items required to create a unique design. This can add a personalised touch to your wedding however you need to leave yourself plenty of time to make them, maybe you could get your bridesmaids to help out!
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Save the Date
So when you have them all ready when do you send them? It is normally no later than six weeks before the wedding but some couples like to send them out eight weeks before to give your guests more time to reply.
If you are planning a wedding overseas it is normal practice to send the wedding invitations out at least 12 weeks prior to the date. In this instance a Save the Date would be ideal at least 6 months before the wedding to give guests ample notice in case they need to request extra time off work.
- Make sure it is legible, choose the correct colour and style of font etc
- Invites are usually written in the third person
- The bride’s name is written before the grooms
- Names, times and places should be written on separate lines
- If you are inviting children their names can be included in their parents invite
- Use correct titles were appropriate for example Dr, Mrs etc
- Include an RSVP, a returning address AND a date to be received by
- If you are offering a choice of meals the options would be included on the RSVP as would special dietary requirements or high chairs for children.
Order your invitations, order of service and thank-you notes at the same time. This way your stationer can include all of the pieces in one order, and this may save you money and time.
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Paul is married to Patricia (who helped him write these Wedding Hints & Tips posts!!) and the proud Dad to 2 fantastic sons.
He has been a full-time professional photographer since 1990 and been privileged to have been asked to photograph well over 1300 weddings since then.
He worked in his own High Street Photography Studios up until December 2010 when he decided to downsize and work from home. He now splits his time between running Photography Courses and Workshops and Wedding Photography, limiting himself to 30 weddings a year to maintain the quality and high level of customer service to each of his couples.
Based in Ballyclare, Northern Ireland