The wedding invitation ~ a glimpse into your wedding day vision
Your wedding stationery is the glimpse your guests have into what they can expect at your wedding.
There are stages or steps to designing your wedding stationery. These are based on the type of wedding you’ re having [are you following customs and traditions or incorporating elements of a tradition] and your vision [is it based on tradition or custom].
The steps in your wedding stationery design include: your colors; style – includes the presentation, font type and size, paper or no paper and location. The first glimpse your guests have into your wedding day is from the invitation. The colors, style, feel and presentation. Your wedding and reception locations(s) also have a role in your stationery selection.
Style and colors often go hand in hand. How? Color creates a feeling or thought. Gold is elegant, expensive and associated with evening weddings. Pastels are used in afternoon, summer and beach weddings. Color also sets the mode. The colors used for your invitation will either create excitement [red, orange, yellow] or instill calm [pastels, cream, blue]. The colors you use for your invitation are born out of your décor.
Another way to give your guests a hint into the type of wedding they can expect, is the invitation design. If your invitation design is intricate in detail, you are communicating an elaborate wedding from ceremony to reception. You can also select a design with a city skyline or an iconic building that your wedding location is known for. If your wedding is in New York you’re invitation design can include the Empire State building, Freedom Tower or Rockefeller Center.
A tech savvy bride and groom may decide to use electronic alternatives.
During the process of designing your wedding invitation, you may decide to add other pieces. The final ensemble is your wedding stationery suite. The pieces in the suite usually include: the announcement, save-the-date, the invitation, reply card and thank you card. This is a short list. You may additional pieces based on: your traditions, type of wedding, and other considerations. These should be discussed with your wedding planner and stationery designer to make sure they are prepared.
If you’re a tech savvy bride and groom you may decide to use electronic alternatives, such as Green Envelope. Before making the decision to use electronic invitations review your guest list carefully, is everyone tech savvy? If you’re a traditionalist [you prefer the presentation of mailed invitation], you have an endless array of options. Options that are environment friendly or double as wedding favors. If you desire to venture into recycled paper there are beautiful options: seeded, rice and vellum.
I would be remissed if I failed to mention the wedding announcement. Typically sent after the wedding to those that were not invited [they may be distant colleagues or acquaintances you do not see regularly] or too far away to attend. It is useful when you’re having a destination wedding. Keep in mind, the announcement does not have to match the other items in your invitation suite.
Style and design
You design your invitation to make a statement and to get your guests excited about attending your wedding. Designing an invitation that can double as a favor elevates the element of surprise. Think acrylic. How? Start with your profiles etched on the back and the invitation details etched on the front. The result can be 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional for a dramatic effect.
Another way to give your guests a hint into the type of wedding they can expect, is the invitation design. If your invitation design is intricate in detail, you are communicating an elaborate wedding from ceremony to reception. You can also select a design with a city skyline or an iconic building that your wedding location is known for. An example is a New York wedding invitation that incorporates the Empire State building, Freedom Tower or Rockefeller Center.
Keep in mind
The main things to keep in mind when you’re thinking about your wedding invitation are: budget, wedding style, the look and feel of your wedding [ceremony to reception], the colors, and the location. Share this list and pictures, that illustrate your vision, with your wedding planner and stationery designer, this will keep everyone on the same page.
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Cheers, to a beautiful wedding planning journey!