Guys let’s talk invitations real quick. I love the whole concept of wedding invitations – to me they are like a sneak preview of your wedding day. They’re the movie trailer that gives everyone an idea of what they’re signing up for 😉 If your wedding is a “brand”, the invites are the business cards, the first impression. Sure, you could easily use a one-size fits all version of wedding invites and call it a day OR you could have some fun with it (yes, some parts of wedding planning CAN be fun!!) and customize it to really wow your guests before the wedding day even arrives (and cause your wedding photographer to do a happy dance when photographing your wedding day details)!
With that in mind, there’s a few things I would encourage every bride to consider when customizing your invitations.
- Colors: Do the colors in your invitations mimic the colors of your wedding day? Try to incorporate your color scheme, or at least your main color, in the invitations!
- Fonts: Do the fonts used in the invitation match the style of your wedding? For example, if you’re having a rustic wedding in a barn, really ornate curly-cue scripts wouldn’t really match that vibe. If you’re having a luxurious ballroom wedding, however, maybe that curly script would be the perfect stylistic choice. Think about the overall look and feel that you want your wedding to have and pick a set of fonts that go along with that vibe, whether that be classic, whimsical, quirky, etc.
- Artwork: This is similar to the font recommendations. Try to pick artwork/design elements that allude to the style of your wedding – perhaps by selecting artwork that looks like something that will actually be at your wedding. Is your bouquet going to have anemones? Pick a design that has drawings of that particular flower! Using mason jars as your centerpiece? Select a design that incorporates mason jars in some way! You get the idea. Make it look as though this invite was exclusively designed for your event.
- Information: Put yourself in a guest’s shoes for this part. Your invitation suite should more or less answer ANY questions that a guest may have. Why? Do you really want to be fielding questions from guests those last few weeks leading up to the wedding (or worse, the day of the wedding?). I didn’t think so. Save yourself a headache down the road (and win some MAJOR brownie points in your guests’ eyes) by including invitation inserts. Having cards with hotel information, directions, registries, etc. will make everyone’s lives so much easier! Having a lot of out-of-towners at your wedding? Include a card with dining/activity recommendations – I’d immediately buy you an extra wedding present if I got that in an invite 😉
Seem like a lot to think about? It definitely can be, if you don’t pick the right service.
I recently had the chance to play around with wedding invites from Basic Invite and was so wowed by how easy it was to follow my own rules! With a plethora of unique wedding invitation designs, almost unlimited color options, the ability to change fonts/font sizes/font colors, and little details like belly-bands or envelope stickers, Basic Invite made it feel like I could create a design that was ME.
They also have some pretty cool time-saving perks because what bride doesn’t want an option to cut something off of their to-do list?! Basic Invite has an address collection service so you can collect addresses for your guests online and then have your envelopes PRE-ADDRESSED! Um sign me and my horrible handwriting up for that please! You can also add on things like menus and thank-you cards so that you can take care of all of your wedding paper needs in one spot and keep it all consistent with your style!
Have a need other than wedding invites? Basic Invite has lots of options for you to make save the dates. They also offer: Formal Bridal Shower Invitations and Wedding Place Cards. P.S., The same recommendations that I had above would apply to ALL of this! Cohesiveness is the name of the game 🙂
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