How To Choose The Perfect Wedding Invitations
Similar to choosing the perfect wedding dress, ordering wedding invitations can cause bridal panic attacks. First impressions last forever, and wedding invitations set the tone and theme for the entire affair – not to mention the fact that they’ll last forever in a scrapbook.
Many brides struggle with creating the perfect theme for their weddings. In my experience, brides begin with a theme, but it goes out the window once they see wedding invitation samples they love. Keep an open mind about wedding invitations, especially if you have not locked in a theme or color scheme. Sometimes, viewing product samples is the difference between liking and ordering a wedding invitation. My best advice when planning a wedding is to stick with a color theme rather than a design theme. Narrow design themes can eliminate choices before you’ve even considered them.
Wedding Invitations can get pricey. It’s also difficult to weigh a fair price against the level of quality and detail required. I recommend that brides compare the prices of many vendors on wedding e-marketplaces to ensure they’re receiving reasonable deals. Some vendors may offer free guest address printing on wedding invitation envelopes, while some offer free shipping. It’s important to consider each aspect of a price to get the biggest bang for your buck.
Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. What one bride loves, another bride hates. For example, more outgoing brides could feel that a metallic pocket fold with a satin ribbon and rhinestone buckle perfectly sets the stage for an elaborate, flashy wedding. On the other hand, traditional brides may love classic wedding invitations featuring white cotton cardstock with black, gold, or silver lettering that appears simple and elegant. In any case, I have found that bold-colored ribbons or colored rhinestone embellishments have negative effects on wedding invitations. These aspects can make invites appear “Sweet 16-ish,” and no bride wants that look.
It is also recommended that brides stay away from adding photos of the couple to the wedding invitations. Photos of the couple or a landscape are more appropriate for an engagement party or a save-the-date announcement. If you have your heart set on incorporating a favorite photo, use it on your wedding program, table menu, or wedding favor. A beautiful picture of the couple on a custom wine label definitely makes a lasting impression on guests.
Finally, when it comes to ordering wedding invitations, it is a must to purchase a sample before placing a full order. This allows brides to physically see the quality of the wedding invitation before placing a large order. Remember that actually viewing a product can make all the difference.
Ease your invitation stress by performing a little research before contacting vendors. Know roughly what you want, but keep an open mind to get the best results. Have fun with the process; you can create something you’ll want in your scrapbook, too!
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