Your wedding invitation is the catapult that will set the tone, feel, and ambience of the rest of your wedding experience. When your guests receive your special and unique wedding invitation, they will gather information about what type of event the wedding will be and the atmosphere surrounding your special day.
There are so many different and inspiring ways to create that one-of-a-kind wedding invitation from destination wedding invitations to do-it-yourself invites. No matter what you choose, the design, theme, and creating of that invite is something to treasure for today, tomorrow, and always.
Often times, photographers will incorporate and utilize that wedding invitation as the first photograph in the wedding album or wedding video. Wedding planners pull out all the stops when it comes to incorporating the design of the invitation into the theme and design of the venue décor.
With all this in mind, here are several tips to make your wedding invitation special, unique, and memorable.
Think Outside the Box
Thinking outside the box means to stretch your imagination as far as you will allow it to go and to grow. Perhaps actually sending your invitation inside a gift box or in the form of a fold open card is something you want to consider. Not all invitations have to arrive as a flat piece of paper. Three-dimensional invites are one of the newest wedding invitation trends these days.
Be creative when thinking of how your guests will receive their invitations. Of course, you have to consider the type of paper or card stock, the color of ink, the design elements, etc. However, you can also take it to the next level and think outside the box. Imagine your invited guest opening your invitation in a more creative manner such as an invitation in a bottle. Think outside the box and your guests will already know they are going to experience the wedding of the century.
Choosing your Words Carefully
When it comes to choosing your words for your wedding invitation, of course you want to include the important dates, times, and locale. However, your wedding invite needs to be so much more than that. Perhaps you are writing your own vows. How special, memorable, and unique would it be to place those vows on the front of your invitation?
In this way, your guests will not have to strain to hear those beautiful words but they can be a keepsake and a tribute for always.
Do not hesitate to create the wording to match the theme of your wedding. If you are having a formal wedding, then keep your wording consistent with your theme.
If you intend to have a beachfront, casual wedding, stick to that theme as well. Make sure that your wedding invite wording expresses clearly what type of wedding your guests will attend. For example, if it were formal then including such phrases such as “request the honor of your presence” would be appropriate.
In this way, your guests will know what to expect. Regardless of your choice of words – whether it is your wedding vows, something formal, or something casual it is important to note the proper information and spelling is included.
On many occasions, brides are so busy and stretched in so many different directions that having a friend, perhaps your Maid of Honor, proof read for spelling and important information would be a wise choice. Once those invites are printed up, there is no turning back.
Themed Wedding Invitations
Just as there are many individual personalities, there are as many ideas for themed invitations. Of course, your wedding theme invite should equally match the theme of your wedding day.
Many couples are now having what is known as a Destination Wedding. Destination Weddings are weddings in a locale other than where the bride and groom reside. This requires their guests to travel to the chosen destination. More often than not, these wedding destinations are somewhere tropical with a beach setting as the theme.
Perhaps sending out your invites on a pair of casual flip-flops would be appropriate. Or, sending your invite on a boarding pass, passport, or even a makeshift airline ticket could be a great choice.
While incorporating theme into the equation, do not forget to include the couples’ personality. Some couples are the more serious type while others are all about romance. Then, there are couples who are all about comedy. In the spirit of being creative, a wedding invite that is humorous may be just the ticket.
Keep the theme of the wedding in mind, but it is also important to keep the personality and style of you and your spouse-to-be incorporated in the invite as well.
Do-It-Yourself Wedding Invites
If you are on a budget or just very crafty, you may wish to adopt a do-it-yourself attitude when it comes to creating your wedding invitations. If this is the case, be prepared to spend a little extra on materials and supplies at first as you will probably want to experiment with different ideas, colors, and templates for your handcrafted invite.
What ever you do, make sure to investigate and explore the different types of paper and card stock available for your do-it-yourself invites.
You want to make sure that the invite is something that you can treasure for a lifetime. Having card stock that you can count on not to fade or deteriorate over time will make you smile for years to come.
If you are, in fact, on a budget you can shop after season for many items related to making your own invitations. Since most couples have a long enough engagement, on average one to two years, you can be sure to find the best after season bargains to take advantage of during that time.
With these tips and tricks, you are sure to have a wedding invitation that is special for today, tomorrow, and always, just like your marriage.
Louise Percival has been creating stunning wedding invitations for 15 years. There are now so many different options when it comes to choosing wedding invitations that the decision can sometimes be difficult. 983invitation.com offers hundreds of fabulous ideas that can make your special day a memorable occassion, regardless of theme, taste or budget.