As we continue on in our series of "Understanding the Parts of your Wedding Invitation", today's focus will be on the actual invitation card. Last time we focused on the Inner Envelope.
Your wedding invitation is the "Key" component of all your wedding stationery. It is the first glimpse into the your wedding. It tells your guests the who, where, the what, and at what time. It is the first glimpse, the prelude of what your wedding day will look like. So give careful thought and consideration on what message, mood, or tone you want to convey to your invited guests. Whether you choose to add extra special touches by utilizing the services of a Calligrapher to produce handwritten invitations or go the route of specialized printing, you want to make a lasting impression on the receiver.
Invitations styles can range from the least to the most formal. It is important that you choose a style that reflects you both, and the love you have for each other starting this new chapter of your lives together. From the type of printing, colors, typeset (fonts), and adornments if any.
Here are a few tips to guide you along the way:
1. Determine who your host will be. Will it be:
- Parents of the bride
- Both parents of the bride and groom, or some other
- The bride and groom
2. Decide on the spelling and wording of your invite.
- To invite someone to the ceremony consider using the British spelling "honour", or the American spelling "honor". Which ever one you decide to use will be just fine.
3. You can choose to add information about the reception at the bottom right hand corner, or the center of the invitation, or put in on a separate enclosure card.
4. Do not include any information regarding your registry. No matter how tempting it may be. Whether you are going ultra formal or informal, the same rules of etiquette apply. Registry cards or any information should be sent along with shower invitations, placed on your wedding website, or spread word of mouth.
and last but not least,
5. Under no circumstances should you add any request for monetary gifts on your invitation, or on any enclosure card. It goes against the rules of etiquette, and leaves a tasteless impression on your guests. This should be spread about word of mouth through your bridal party, parents, or wedding planner.
Schedule your appointment with your stationer at least 6 months before your wedding date to design and order your wedding invitations. This will give you adequate time to prepare before mailing. If you are going for a more elaborate design, then schedule your appointment sooner. Allow 6 to 8 weeks for mailing to your guests. Add an additional two weeks if your wedding date falls on or is close to a holiday.
So there you have it. You now have a thorough understanding, and are knowledgable of should be included on the actual wedding invitation card. Next we will focus on the RSVP card.
Until next time, Happy Invitation Planning!