wedding invitations ideas

The wedding is fast approaching and you have it all planned out.  Now al you need is guests.  But you must let them know that your nuptials are fast approaching.  Enter the invitation. 
However, before you go and buy any and all pretty cards, determine what your needs are by breaking down the wedding day.  Use your wedding style, formal or casual, as well as time and budget to guide you. 
Traditionally, invitations are heavy stock, 100-percent cotton or linen paper in white or ecru, engraved in black or charcoal ink, and with a square of tissue to protect the type.    However these days couples are adding their own twists, with funky colors or unusual shape sand sizes to the main invite.  Likewise, you could go eco-friendly.

"Save a tree" isn't just a cute slogan -- between global warming and habitat destruction, it's imperative. Minimizing the amount of virgin paper used in your wedding stationery can have a huge impact. While there unfortunately aren't extensive options for eco-friendly printing -- between the inks, toners, and solvents, a lot of chemicals are involved -- there are fabulous (yet responsible) choices when it comes to paper.  Opt for recycled Paper.  Consolidate the inserts, which will also save you on stamps.
Don't order the exact number of invites you'll need -- get twenty or thirty extra. Or a better rule of thumb: get 25-percent extra. It's better to have leftovers than to have to reorder more later, which can get pricey.

Also,  order extra envelopes to leave room for addressing errors.
It is customary in a formal wedding invitation to spell out everything, including the date and time of the wedding. For example, the invite should read Five o'clock in the evening not 5:00 p.m.
Learn this word: Thermography. It's probably the most popular print method because it's less expensive than and virtually indistinguishable from engraving. The subtle differences: Thermographed text is slightly shiny and the back of the invitation remains smooth, leaving no impression.
Remember to order your invitations three to four months before the wedding.  This allows you to mail them out 60 days in advance, as you are supposed to.

As with everything else pertaining to your wedding, remember to have fun.  Your invitations are the way your guests will know how to dress for your special occasion.  Triple check everything before you send it out, and smile.  You are getting married!

5 STANDARD WORDING EXAMPLES

Today, a whole roomful of people could be paying for the wedding, including the couple themselves, the bride's parents, the groom's parents, stepparents, grandparents, and the list goes on. It's important that you give credit where credit's due -- whoever's footing the bill deserves to lead off the invitation.
•  If one set of parents is hosting your wedding, list their names at the top.
Mr. and Mrs. John L. Smith
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Mary Ann
to
Edward Malcolm Jones


•  If both sets of parents are jointly hosting, you should list both on separate lines, with the bride's parents first.
Mr. and Mrs. John L. Smith &
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Franklin Jones
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their children
Mary Ann Smith
to
Edward Malcolm Jones


•  When one couple is hosting, but you'd like to honor nonhosting parents by including them on the invitation (a respectful gesture and very wise political move), you simply make a point of noting their relationship to the bride or groom under that person's name.
Mr. and Mrs. John L. Smith
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Mary Ann
to
Edward Malcolm Jones
son of
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Franklin Jones


•  If the couple is planning to host the wedding, the invitation begins with the request line.
The honor of your presence
is requested at the marriage of
Miss Mary Ann Smith
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Smith
and
Mr. Edward Malcolm Jones
son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Franklin Jones


•  If everyone is pitching in -- the couple and both sets of parents are paying, the invitation should begin with the marrying couple's names (bride's name always comes first) and follow with "together with their parents" before the request line.
Miss Mary Ann Smith
and
Mr. Edward Malcolm Jones
together with their parents
Mr. and Mrs. John L. Smith
and
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Franklin Jones
request the honor of your presence
at their marriage

 

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