If you’ve chosen a date for when your marriage ceremony is going to take place – awesome! Now you just need to find a way to let everybody know and get them excited at the same time. This is where you need to start planning what you are going to do for wedding invitations and what kind of aesthetic you want to achieve with them.
There are also some basic wedding invitation etiquette tips you should be aware of so that you don’t accidentally offend or confuse your intended guests. Let’s take a look at some important tips to keep in mind when you’re creating your wedding invitations.
Choose a style
The first place to start your journey is deciding on the style of the wedding invitations. Ideally, the letters you send out to inform people they are on the guestlist should reflect the general aesthetic and formality that you are planning for the event. You can generally rely on your common sense to know what type of ceremony fits what type of aesthetic.
For example, using ornate bordering and calligraphy on wedding invitations to a surfy, beach-style ceremony wouldn’t make a lot of sense. Similarly, if you plan on having a formal-style event then using a typeface and style that is less-serious could confuse your guests.
How to word them
Think carefully about the words you are going to use in your wedding invitations as it will be difficult and costly to change them after printing. You need to make sure both you and your soon-to-be spouse have your names displayed alongside the date, location and starting time of the big day’s events. It is also not uncommon to have the names of the parents listed on the letter (especially if they helped pay for the whole thing). The parents are often listed as hosts who are calling people to celebrate the union of their families through their children’s marriage.
When including a guestlist, you want to list their full names as well as the names of children if they are attending. This is a courtesy, but also has a practical purpose in ensuring that everyone knows which children belong to which parents on the big day, so they don’t get lost. It’s a good idea to do the guestlist in alphabetical order so that there is no sign of favouritism.
If you are going with handwritten wedding invitations, you probably want to practise your penmanship a little before you start jotting away. If you think you won’t be able to do them all to the quality you desire, it’s prudent to hire a professional calligrapher to write them on your behalf. You should really always use black ink when it comes to the official wording of the letter.
Generally speaking, you don’t want to overstuff your wedding invitations with useless information that distracts from the primary purpose of the letter. Some people think it is in poor taste to list places you’ve registered for gifts on the letter, but some people say they prefer that the bride and groom do this to make things easier – it’s up to you.
When you should send them
In most cases, wedding invitations are sent a few months prior to the date of the ceremony. If you are having an overseas or special destination event in an exotic locale then you would obviously want to give people more notice so they can take time off work and plan flights/accommodation.
Hopefully the above information has given you some valuable tips on how to create your wedding invitations.