1. First, decide the most important training questions
Drawing up a list of guests on an equal basis with the budget and the choice of the concept should be in the first lines of your pre-wedding to-do list. Only after determining the total number of guests, stylistics, venue and solving all financial issues, proceed to the details.
After not knowing the total budget, you risk to spend more on invitations than you can afford, and without an approximate idea of the concept of a wedding, you can not choose the appropriate design.
2. Calculate the time correctly
Invite guests to the wedding should be about 8-10 weeks, and therefore, contact the designer should be in advance (about 3 months before the celebration) – so you had time to think over the details, agree on the layout and print invitations.
3. Do not forget about the cards Save the Date
Save the Date – this is a preliminary invitation, which guests receive immediately after the couple has decided on the date of the wedding. If you start preparing for the wedding in advance (for 10-12 months), notify the guests in advance that those of them who live in other countries, travel a lot or often travel on business trips, could plan their employment.
Such cards are also relevant for weddings that take place in the summer period – vacation time. Remember that Save the Date is just an information card, on it you only need to specify the names of the couple and the date of the wedding. Place, exact time, dress code are specified only on invitations.
4. Specify who is invited
In the invitation must be clearly defined the composition of the invited: can I come with a child, take a companion / companion. If you do not specify this information, you run the risk of seeing uninvited guests on your holiday. The best way to avoid this is to print personalized invitations that indicate who you are inviting. Etiquette allows printing of one invitation for a couple or a family with a child.
5. The text of the invitation
It can be strict and concise or more informal – in any case, the invitation should contain the following information:
The names of the newlyweds
Date of wedding
Place and time of the ceremony
Place and time of the banquet / buffet
The date to which the newlyweds would like to receive a return reply
6. Additional information
All the additional information about the wedding is better placed on a separate sheet. It includes:
Contact information (phones of the newlyweds, wedding website).
Wishes for the dress code
Information about whether you can bring your children with you
Detailed map of the journey to the place of celebration (especially important for nonresident guests).
7. The list of gifts
To choose a gift for a wedding is quite a difficult task for a guest. Is it worth to indicate the desired gifts in the invitation or not? Every couple decides this question individually. Someone is more practical and does not want to get three identical bakers, someone thinks the gift transfer is tactless.
In this case, we suggest simply directing the guests with general phrases “something for housewarming”, “in a piggy bank for a honeymoon”, but not limit it to a financial framework, so as not to put them in an uncomfortable position. This information should be placed on the supplementary invitation sheet.
8. Specify the exact start time of the celebration
Invite guests in advance so that they are not late for the ceremony, and make them wait – at least, ugly. If the start of the celebration is planned at 15:00, then specify this time in the invitation. And if you are worried that someone is late, plan a welcome drink four hours before the start of the ceremony, so the guests will have time to gather, and if someone is late, he will not miss the most important thing!
9. Show your concern
The invitation is also a manifestation of attention to the guest. Equally printed template invitations look indifferent, so try to find the time to write the names of guests by hand or select them by inserting messages that are familiar to only two of you.
10. Check the spelling
It is desirable twice. And separately – writing the names and surnames of guests. It will be insulting if in invitations, the design of which you thought out for so long and painstakingly, there is a typo. In addition, this is also an additional cost for re-printing.
11. Financial issue
Consider that the invitation becomes more expensive depending on the materials, technical process, individual design. For example, invitations made by the hand of a professional calligrapher or artist will always be more expensive than those printed in the printing house.
But do not worry if you do not have large amounts of money in the budget for printing: the design of invitations can be found on the Internet or created by yourself. And if you have a small number of guests, you can even make invitations yourself. Let them turn out to be imperfect, but they will definitely be unique!
12. The design must match the style of the wedding
The invitation sets the tone for the entire holiday – taking it in hand, the guest should immediately understand what is waiting for him: a pompous celebration or a friendly party in nature. If you are planning a romantic wedding, drowning in pink peonies, watercolor printing in light shades, rather than a laconic and strict design, is more suitable for her. For a rustic wedding, you can use kraft paper, and for a luxurious wedding in an exquisite restaurant and invitations must be luxurious: for example, made in high-printing technique.
13. Write from the heart!
You invite people to a holiday, not an official event, so try to avoid the office, official wording, too strict text. Do not “create the text of the invitation,” but simply invite each person to the wedding, refer specifically to him.
You can choose more classic and concise formulations, or write personalized text for each guest (if, of course, the wedding is small) with memories and emotions. The text of the invitation can even be written in verse, and it will not hurt good jokes! The main thing – do not look for ready templates on the Internet, you do not want your wedding to look like hundreds of others?
14. Pay attention to the materials
A pledge of a beautiful invitation – stylish design and quality paper. Its choice depends on the method of printing (digital, high, silkscreen, embossed or hand-painted). At the same time, the paper can be as usual, dense, and soft, soft, velvet or embossed. Additionally, you can decorate invitations with silk ribbons, fresh flowers or wax seal. Or do invitations from glass, foil, cut wood or fabric.
15. Be bolder!
Despite the fact that the structure of the invitation, regardless of the concept of the wedding is always about the same, you can always show your creativity and create something more original and original. In addition to classic watercolor stains, you can decorate the invitation with drawings or your photo. In the end, the invitation does not need to be in the form of text: you can record a video invitation and send it to guests in social networks.
16. Do not overdo the design
Be careful with a lot of jewelry and do not pursue the originality: the most important thing in an invitation is the text. If, due to drawings, watercolors or bright patterns, it becomes unreadable, invitations lose their main function.
This also applies to fashion calligraphy: some fonts look very beautiful, but it is difficult to read them, so leave them for other details, for example, bride and groom cards that will decorate the picture.
17. Pay attention to detail
The same theme, executed on different paper and different font, will look completely different. Therefore, pay attention to materials and key design details. For example, prior to ordering print invitations, specify the density and texture of the paper. Fine print on textured paper will be read with difficulty, and some shades will look differently on matte and glossy paper.
Be sure to check with the designer in advance whether it will be possible to make changes to the layout, in what time frame, whether it will be charged for this and in what size. Even if you have already checked the spelling several times, you just might not like the final result by colors or design details. Especially it concerns unique designs, for example, painting on a fabric or wooden invitations, when you can not foresee for sure how the final result will turn out.
19. More personality!
At your wedding for sure will be guests of different ages and degrees of intimacy: relatives, friends, colleagues at work. Therefore, the text of the invitations may differ slightly. For parents something spiritual, touching, for friends – in a joking form, for colleagues – laconic, more official style will approach. As a rule, it is customary to invite invitations to “you”, but for your close friends it will be more natural and habitual to refer to “you”.
20. Control the receipt of replies
After the invitations are printed, signed and spread out over the envelopes, it’s time to hand them to the guests. You can do it personally or send invitations by mail – it is important that guests receive invitations in advance. And so that you do not get confused about who has already given your answer, and who else should call, use the table from our organizer