So you are finally getting married! What’s the next step? First things first when it comes to planning and preparing for perhaps the most important day of your life. Rather than fantasizing away on which gown you will be wearing on your wedding day or worrying about whether the table cloth color will match the table centerpiece you have in mind, maybe you should get down to some real business and start focusing on the most important detail prior to your wedding. It’s the wedding invitation of course!
Weddings nowadays are far more than just being a tradition. Modern couples now are getting more and more creative and imaginative in expressing their personal tastes and preferences in each and every detail related to their wedding. A wedding invitation is the first official note you will be sending your friends, family members and relatives informing them about the significant event. The first glance of what you have in stored and prepared for your guests is expressed through the invitation. Thus, apart from being informative and delivering the important details such as the couples’ name, date and venue of the wedding, it is very important that the invitation makes an excellent first impression and at the same time carries the true reflection of your personality and style and also the sophistication and elegance of the wedding celebration.
So where should you start? Perhaps it is best by determining how big the event will be. Is it just going to be a small wedding party attended by only closest families and friends or are you planning to have a large scale celebration with a thousand guests? By deciding on this factor, you can now come up with the list of guests you intend to invite to your wedding reception and at the same time determining how many invitations you should send out and the budget you should allocate for this purpose. Make sure you order sufficient quantity of invitation cards based on your guests list as repeated order may impose unnecessary extra charges. It is always best to order approximately about 15 to 20 extra cards just in case you want to send out last minute invitations.
Wedding invitations in the current trend come in all sorts of beautiful forms, designs and price range. It is just the matter of selecting the perfect one that will fit impeccably to the style of your wedding. They are no longer limited to the traditional black letterings printed on white-colored note cards. Contemporary wedding invitations are made of numerous types of suitable papers and cards which you can find in a wide array of magnificent colors. They can be plain or textured, flat or folded. The wordings printed on the card also come in a variety of attractive, elegant typeface. For those who dare to be different, wedding invitations are not only limited to paper and cards alone but it can also takes the form of beautifully carved wood pieces, fabric rolled into a scroll with the wordings embroidered on it, engraved acrylic blocks or even a video invitation in DVD that contains footage of the couple inviting the guests. Bountiful ideas can be obtained by browsing through bridal books or bridal websites you can find on the internet. They can also be purchased online with fairly reasonable prices.
If you are planning to have a themed wedding, the design of your wedding invitation must correspond well with the chosen theme. For beach weddings for instance, your beach wedding invitations can be printed with a photograph of beautiful scenery of a beach or sunset by the seaside. Your beach wedding invitations can also be embellished and decorated with fine beach sand, small seashells, corals and strings of pearls. Make sure these decorative items are properly glued and fastened to your card to avoid them from falling off during mailing. Designs and background such as bubbles, waves, palm trees and starfishes motives can as well be incorporated into your beach wedding invitations.
Wedding invitations usually comes with additional inserts or known as trousseau items. Each of these inserts serves different purposes and it depends on the couple whether to include them or not. Among the most commonly used trousseau items are respond cards, reception cards, save-the date cards, map cards and even menu cards. These additional inserts usually bear the same design as the wedding invitation. Last but not least, when placing your order for the invitation, make sure they come with suitable matching envelopes.