While browsing, personalising and ordering your wedding invitations & other wedding stationery may seem like a daunting task, planning ahead and setting out a clear timeline and budget will help you breeze through the process with minimum hassle. With such a range of colours, themes and paper types to choose from, you may find yourself a bit overwhelmed by all the wedding invitation designs available. Keep things simple with this quick guide highlighting key points to keep in mind when choosing and personalising your wedding invitations.
Choosing a Theme for Your Wedding Invitations
Before you get down to ordering your wedding invitations, it’s best to sit down with your fiancee and decide on an overall theme or colour palette for your wedding. This can be anything from subtle wedding styles such as classic vintage to more unusual offbeat wedding themes inspired by your favorite cartoon characters or your other interests as a couple such as Rock n’ Roll music or a Gothic wedding theme.Once you have decided on a suitable theme. you can then easily translate this onto your invitation design for instance by using geometric shapes, lavish brooches and metallic gold to create opulent Great Gatsby wedding invitations for a wedding theme based on the classic novel by F.Scott Fitzgerald.
Experiment with Different Shapes and Sizes
While traditional wedding invitations are usually square or rectangular shaped, couples after something different are now channeling their creativity into experimenting with unusual shapes such as circular wedding invites, star shaped wedding stationery or even scalloped invitation designs. It’s important to keep in mind that while it may be fun to try out different shapes, you will need to choose a shape that will fit into standard envelope sizes and unusual shaped wedding invites may result in a higher postage charge too.
Are Your Wedding Invitations Easy to Read?
Whether you’re just adding a few personal touches to generic wedding invitations or working with a wedding stationery company to create a customized wedding invitation, it’s important to follow the simple rule of keeping things simple for the wedding invitation design.
Avoid overcrowding your card by including only key details such as the date, time, location and dress code, while reserving other information like directions, gift registry details etc for separate enclosure cards.Following this simple strategy will ensure the wording on your wedding invitations is easy to read, while also adding an overall look of elegance to your invitation card.
The general rule of thumb to ensure good readability is to avoid using light inks on light backgrounds and ensure the background used for your wedding invitation is a contrasting color that clearly highlights the wording. Avoid using hard-to-read fonts too like complex scripted fonts and use proper font spacing to make it easy on the eye.
Proof Your Wedding Invitations
This is an important part of purchasing your wedding invitations and you should ideally triple-check the proof your stationer sends you and then ask your partner, grammar-savy bridesmaids, friends and others to take a look too- you’d be surprised at what a fresh set of eyes can spot! Don’t be in a hurry to approve the invitation proof, instead leisurely glance through it several times to look for any new errors.
Nicole Williams is a passionate blogger who loves digging into the nitty gritty details of wedding planning and simplifying it for brides. Intrigued by unique wedding stationery, she regularly blogs on this topic for DreamDay Wedding Invitations