A Guide to Creating Wedding Invitations

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Being surrounded by your loved ones on a day a special as your wedding is truly something to cherish. They are there to support you, wish you well-wishes, and show their love for you. Having your loved ones present as you tie the knot makes for great memories.

It all begins with the wedding invitations.

Creating the perfect invitation for your big day is just as important as many other wedding details. Do you know the best way to create your wedding invitations?

Here are a few tips to assist you to create your wedding invitations:

Wording your wedding invitations:
When designing your wedding invitations, the main focus is to provide the information needed for your guests to be present on your wedding day. Every bit of information must be legible. The dates, times, locations, and information must all be correct. It is also necessary to ensure that you are not crowding your card with information. Keeping it simple and to the point will help your guests remember the details. As for your wording, it’s traditional to list those who are hosting the wedding, first. Then, create the request line, such as “… request the honor of your presence.” Don’t forget to spell everything out, including the ceremony time. It can even be helpful to have a professional address your envelopes, as it can add an elegant style to your presentation. Most importantly, be sure to check every piece of information before sending. It’s helpful to have a second – even third – set of eyes. Wedding invitations with a typo are not the first impression you want your guests to have.

Styling wedding invitations:
The style of your wedding invitations is an important trait when designing them. Knowing the type of wedding you are having will help you create a fitting invitation, such as glam, beach, or rustic, as they will hint to the theme and formality of your big day. To achieve a cohesive look, it’s important to know what colors you want for your big day so that you can create your invitations accordingly. Although the traditional wedding invitation is a rectangle, you can still explore other options. Creating invitations in a shape other than a rectangle, or a size that differs from the traditional can give you more of an opportunity to create unique and memorable invitations.

Preparing wedding invitations:
The cost of your invitations can greatly vary, depending on your style. To avoid spending over your budget, you can do research ahead of time and make your decisions from there. After you have created and readied yourself a list of those receiving invitations, it’s crucial that you order extra. Sometimes, things happen, and it’s better to be prepared. Ordering about twenty-five extra invites will help you avoid going back and spending more to create additional invitations.

Sending out wedding invitations:
Sending out your wedding invitations is a little more complicated than just slapping a stamp on the envelope and throwing it into the mailbox. Normally, your save-the-dates should be sent out six to eight months before your wedding. Printing your invitations and save-the-dates can take up to a few weeks to print, so it’s very important that you don’t wait. Finding a stationer from about nine to eleven months before your wedding gives you a safe start for sending your invitations on time. Keep in mind that not every individual needs their invitation. You can count the households to save on costs. Determining how many households can be cheaper and easier than sending every guest their invitation. To assess the cost of sending your invitations, it helps to weigh in a sample of your invitations. This will help you avoid letters being sent back for insufficient postage. As a side note, although it may be an obvious one, don’t forget to put a stamp on your invites. With the stress of planning a wedding, it’s all too easy to forget the little things.

Other cards to include with your wedding invitations:
You will likely need much more than just your invitations printed. You can get everything handled in one swoop if you design everything at the same time. Printing items such as your menu, programs, and “thank you” cards, will help you avoid any additional trips to the stationer and additional printing fees. This also ensures that everything has a cohesive look and is prepared properly for your big day.

Creating your wedding invitations may seem complicated, but these tips will help you design the perfect invites for your wedding day. Here at Contagious Events, we want to help you plan Boston wedding. If you are ready to begin working with a Boston, Massachusetts wedding planner, please contact us today for your consultation.


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