When choosing your invitations, you want them to reflect your personality and sense of style. You may want to choose colors that go along with the over-all theme of your wedding, or choose colors that match your bridesmaid dresses. You may want to have traditional style invitations that are white or off-white for a more formal wedding. You also have the option of personalizing your invitations with a photo of you and your groom-to-be. You have so many options and the decision is truly personal.
New wedding invitation trends are calling for a more vintage and romantic-chic feel, with soft colors and rustic designs, using lots of natural elements such as flowers, leaves, feathers, and trees. Of course, damask designs in any color are still very popular, but incorporating the design in more unique ways using other soft elements, such as feathers and leaves.
Who Sends Them?
Traditionally, the invitations are issued by the bride’s parents. Sometimes, both parents share in this task or the couple can issue their own invitations.
- Use full names. No Abbreviations or nicknames.
- The hour is fully spelled out. AM and PM are not used.
- If you live in a major city, do not list the state.
- Military weddings should include the title of the officer.
- If the wedding is at a church, the invitations should request the “honor of your presence”
- If the wedding is at a secular venue, invitations should request “the pleasure of your company”
How far in advance should they be sent?
Invitations should be sent three to six months before the wedding to insure guests have ample time to arrange their schedules. However, this is up to your discretion, depending on the size and formality of the wedding. A small informal wedding with just close friends and relatives won’t require nearly as much time.
You will need to know in advance how many guests to plan for at your wedding. Sending out matching response cards with your invitations is a good way to find out, and they should be pretty simple and to the point. Follow up with guests who haven’t responded at least four weeks before the wedding.You will also need to give your caterer a final headcount.
It is also a good idea to go ahead and order thank you notes along with the invitations, as you may receive gifts as soon as the invitations are mailed. In fact, if you are working with a boutique stationer it’s a good idea to go ahead and get a quote for all of your other stationary needs, such as menus, programs and place cards.
Remember, your invitations set the tone for the rest of the wedding, so think ahead and consider how the colors and motifs will flow through the rest of your wedding’s design.