I will start my series of “insider tips” with Wedding Invitations, since it was something I was doing for over 3 years before Weddingful (A cute little operation called The Wedding Notebook). Of course, after Weddingful took off, there was simply no time to design anything for anyone, except new features for the site you are clicking on. 🙂
So, what are Wedding Invitations?
Simply put – a card to announce your wedding and invite your guests to it.
It can be as simple as a card with an envelope, or as elaborate as a satin box with an invite card nestled inside then a team of elves jumping out of the box singing a song. Determine how important invitations are to you, and you can choose how simple or fancy your invitation becomes.
Quick questions to ask yourself:
- How much does the first peek to your wedding sent to your guests mean to you?
- Do you have a theme for your wedding?
- How much do you care about aesthetics? Are you picky with colors?
- How big is your wedding? Small: 50 guests or Medium: 75 – 200 or Big: Over 200
- What are your guests’ demographic? Are they older family type, or younger friends?
First Peek of Your Wedding
I might be a bit biased to this question but I think if I am putting so much effort to making the wedding day looks nice, the little preview should also be nice! Remember brides, this little piece of communication is your friends and familys’ way of hearing about your wedding (aside from Facebook of course), so if that means something to you, choose something that shows what will come properly!
Aesthetics & The Wedding Theme
It is another post for another time, but having a wedding theme means you have a design, and a color theme in mind.
Having a theme also means you should either pick a standard type of invitation that fits it, or consider custom designing it, so it fits yours perfectly. I know custom design sounds scary, but it can be as simple as picking color for the card or ribbon, and font style.
Size of the Wedding
Invitations are generally priced by quantities. For example, invitation card might cost $2.50 a set and it might include RSVP card and envelope, then you can add enclosure cards to it for $1 each. So you end up with about $4.50 a set. You may get some bulk discount for having 100+ but generally it multiplies. So, this is why having a smaller or larger size wedding matters, it is a vastly different cost at the end.
Family or Mostly Friends?
If you have mostly older family type guests, they definitely like to save your invitation on their fridge or the fireplace mantle. Consider using your engagement shoot and incorporating a photo, maybe even something folded so it stands on its own. They also prefer RSVP cards with its own mailing envelopes. If you have younger people coming to your wedding, then wow them with a cool design, maybe something unique? You can get away with adding some online components to it, like respond with emails, or finding maps and directions from your wedding website.
What’s Standard for Invitations?
What’s Standard for Invitations?
- An invitation card
- A RSVP card
- A mailing envelope
If Invitation tugs your heart, a fancier full set might look like this:
- A save the date card (This is sent a few months before invitation)
- An envelope for that
- An invitation card (Perhaps a bit fancier than just the card, maybe a pocketful?)
- RSVP Card (These additional cards are sometimes called “Enclosures”)
- Reception Card (This is only needed if your ceremony and reception are at different places)
- Map Card (This is only needed for out-of-town guests or if your venue is hard to find)
- Mailing Envelope (You can be fancy and have an outer and inner envelope)
Next time, I will dive in more details about each component and how to save money on it!