It’s almost impossible to undo a poor first impression. That’s why choosing the right wedding invitation is so important. It’s the first part of your wedding guests will see, and it sets the tone for the event. Here are some things to consider when making your selection.
What kind of event are you planning? Traditional and formal? Or something more casual? Choose an invitation to match. Ornate invitations with gilt edges and fancy script scream tradition, while something with a bold pattern or colorful stripes and a sans-serif typeface is more modern. Browse the selection of invitations by David’s Bridal for inspiration.
You want your invitations to say something about you and your fiancé. Be sure to personalize them in some way, whether it’s with custom wording or a favorite photograph. Ask your vendor about die-cut invitations in a variety of shapes, or consider enclosing a small token for your guests, like a packet of seeds to accompany an invitation to a garden reception.
Unfortunately, like everything else associated with wedding planning, invitations are subject to budget constraints. While some couples are tempted to save money by skipping paper invitations altogether or trying to print their own at home, the tiny savings amassed is offset by the tackiness of an extremely cheap invitation or the horror of an emailed version. If you don’t care enough to invite people properly to your nuptials, don’t expect them to be super-enthusiastic about attending. Splurge on a better-quality invitation and save by having an artistic friend with beautiful penmanship hand-letter the envelopes for free. Don’t forget to figure in the cost of postage during the budgeting phase, and keep in mind that oversized or heavy invitations require extra stamps.
If possible, request a sample from your vendor before ordering large quantities of invitations. You’ll want to be sure the paper isn’t disappointingly flimsy and that the printing looks professional. Don’t underestimate the impact of little details like an envelope liner, a matching response card or a ribbon wrapped around the invite. Buy the best invitations in your price range; they’re for a once-in-a-lifetime event. Remember that many people (including you) will keep the invitation in a frame, keepsake box or scrapbook as a reminder of your big day, and be sure it’s worthy of that souvenir status.
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