Get Your Wedding Invitations Right with These 6 Important Tips

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You want to make your wedding invitations shine because they give your guests a glimpse of your wedding day. If you’re not sure where to start, we’ve got you. Here are some important tips for your wedding invitations.

1. Stay true to your wedding style

In addition to the venue and time of the wedding, your wedding invitation style is a reflection of the event’s formality. The type of wedding you want to have—modern and glam, relaxed and casual, elegant and classic—should guide your choice of stationery, including your wedding invitations. You can draw inspiration from wedding invitations by other couples that have had successful weddings that had a style similar to yours.

2. Create a cohesive look with colors, patterns, and images

One effective strategy for your wedding stationery is using the same colors, motifs, and pictures for all your wedding stationery. Wedding invites with pictures and colors that other wedding stationery, such as save the dates, RSVP cards, envelopes, escort cards and menu cards, help you achieve a cohesive look. Take into account the readability of your wedding material when choosing images, colors, and patterns to use in your wedding stationery.

3. You can vary the size and shape

A traditional wedding invitation is 4.5″ by 6.25″ and rectangular. But you can go for a modern and playful vibe with square, scalloped and circular invitations. However, keep in mind that choosing a larger, unconventional size for your wedding invitation might increase postage fees.

4. Make Sure They’re Legible

The text on your wedding invitations carries the main message so you need to get it right. Avoid using dark ink on dark backgrounds and light ink on light backgrounds. Yellow and pastel work best in the design rather than text. But if you have to use those colors for text, use contrasting backgrounds so that the words pop. Similarly, prioritize readability over aesthetics by steering clear of overly scripted typeface that is hard to read.

5. Choose Your Words Wisely

In traditional wedding invitations, the host is listed first. Customarily, everything—including the time of the event—is spelled out. Classic wedding invitations, a request line follows the host’s name. It says “so and so request the honor of your presence.” You can change the wording depending on the hosting situation. Just double-check to make sure you’ve included everyone.

6. Give preference to minimal designs

Your wedding invitation should include only the main points: the hosts, you and your fiancé’s names, wedding and reception location and time, RSVP information, and dress code (optional). Including only the necessary information in your wedding invitation lends it elegance and makes it easy to read. You can share other information such as the directions to the wedding venue and details about post-wedding activities on separate printed enclosure cards or your wedding website. One piece of information that has no place in your wedding stationery is your registry information. The only place this information belongs is on your wedding website.

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