marriage invitations not only come in all shapes and sizes and colors, but the actual word used, the font and layout all contribute to the overall effect. And then there are the envelopes! And do not forget the paper or card used.
So where to begin?
Types of Invitation
This is very variable. Here are some basic types:
* A single page card and single reply card
* A fold-out envelope with card and separate reply card
* A single folded invitation which opens like a book
* A double fold invitation which opens like French windows
You could also have a bespoke or novel shape but these will be more expensive and availability will be limited to specialist printers.
Choosing colors and text style:
Once you have your basic design, the next choice is color scheme. You may want your marriage invitation to match the scheme of the marriage reception or you may just go for a traditional white card with black or gold lettering.
You should bear in mind that the more colors you use, the more expensive it will be to print.
The font of the text should come next. You have the option to go with a more traditional cursive font which resembles handwriting or a modern, more jazzy font, or just a simple clear serif (like Times Roman) or sans serif font (like Arial).
The printer or card designer will be able to provide you with examples and it is worthwhile looking at previous work so you can see the quality and get some ideas. Some bridal shops offer a comprehensive marriage invitation service as well.
The wording of marriage invitations can be very personal, but it is important to ensure all the information about the ceremony and the reception is included and that a dress code is mandated. Again, an experienced designer or printer will advise. The protocols of former years are easing and it is no longer always the case that the bride's family are solely responsible for the marriage invitations.
The reply card can be simple but may also carry important information such as numbers coming and meal options (many choose vegetarian meals these days and your cater will need to know numbers).
When to send out marriage invitations?
This is typically 2 to 3 months prior to the ceremony.
Remember, if you are going to send out 2 months prior to the event you need to ensure that the invitations are delivered on time to you or to whither parties are sending them, that there is an agreed list of guests and you have their addresses.
So you need to plan the completion of the printing to give you enough time to send out.
As with almost everything else these days it is possible to order your marriage invitations online. Make sure you understand the process being offered and the costs as well as the printing timescales.
Online ordering is not for everyone, especially if you prefer the personal touch.
Your marriage invitations are an important part of the overall presentation and planning of your marriage ceremony. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to agree a final design.