The first impression a guest has of a wedding, comes even before the event itself; through the wedding invitation. It should come as no surprise therefore, just how important the invites really are.
Therefore, it is essential to get these 100 per cent right and it will require a lot of time, thought and attention. We are sure you are both now thinking, so where do I begin?
As far as wedding invitations are concerned, it is essential to have a clear idea of what direction you are planning on taking. For example, will you be sending save the date cards with an RSVP attached? Or will you simply send the bog standard invites? It is only after this initial decision has been made that you can really begin to have some fun as you can experiment so much with invites to make them truly unique.
Your first priority is to choose which type of paper or card you want to use, shortly followed by whether you wish to include embellishments and finally, what kind of ink you would prefer.
These details should be tailored to reflect the type of wedding you want to have, and the theme. For example, if you want to make your wedding follow an especially Irish theme, why not stencil in small green shamrocks in the corners of your invites? Or make the invitations green in colour altogether!
Money may be an issue to some and it has become very popular over the years to make your own invitations. It is considerably cheaper this way and gives a more personal touch to the wedding and to the guests.
Many couples have be known to purchase hand-crafting or invitation kits and host invitation making parties for all their friends. This is an excellent cost-cutting method and also gives others the opportunity to join in with the excitement that comes with wedding planning.
When you decide the style of the wedding invitations, many couples are choosing to have a photograph of them transformed into a card. A few consider this to be a bit too cheesy, but it can be an excellent way of saving money in the long run.
Lastly, and most importantly, you need to take time to think about what is written inside your wedding invitation. As a couple, you should establish whether you want to include a short and romantic verse of your favourite poem, or if you simply wish to print a straightforward invite which goes along the lines of “You are honourably invited to...”
The text should, at the end of the day, fall into step with the type of wedding you are planning as a couple, for example, formal or informal, traditional or slightly more unique.