You’ve been doing a lot of behind the scenes work with your wedding plans. You’ve decided on a date, selected a venue, decided on a reception menu, chose your theme/colors, and sent out save the date cards. Now, you’ve reached the point where you’re ready to send out the invitations. Serving as more than just a piece of paper with a few wedding details on it, here are some design and layout tips to create a special memento your guests can treasure forever.
1. Jot down All the Details
Don’t get so caught up in the design and layout of your wedding invitations, that you forget to include important details. On a piece of paper, jot down all the details including the date, time, and location of the wedding. Keep this paper with you when designing your wedding invitations to ensure you’ve included everything accurately.
2. Choose a Style
Your wedding invitations should reflect the style, theme, and tone of your actual wedding day. Assuming you have details like the overall colors and theme for your wedding, you should be able to use this to decide on an invitation style. There are sites that allow you to look at several templates in varying colors to make your selection easier. If you’re feeling creative, however, you can create a wedding invitation style from scratch.
3. Select a Font Wisely
When it comes to choosing a font for your wedding invitations - choose wisely. There are a lot of fancy fonts that look beautiful but are hard to comprehend. Unless you want to have your guests calling you trying to figure out the details of your nuptials, your font should be easy to read. If you’re going to opt for a more classic script font for your invites, at least make sure you choose a dark or bold color and font size.
4. Less is More
Crowing your wedding invitation with too much information is another design and layout mistake to avoid. It makes it more likely that your guests will miss out on very important details. The main portion of your invite should include simply your name and the name of your fiance, the venue for the ceremony and reception, and the date and time of your wedding. Anything else should be placed on a separate card enclosed in the envelope or on your wedding website.
5. Set Reasonable RSVP Dates
A lot of your wedding plans are tied into the number of people that will be in attendance. Therefore, you’ll want to know well in advance what you’re working with. For this reason, the RSVP date is very important. Once you’ve confirmed when the vendors need a final headcount by, select a date that gives you a little wiggle room to sort through your guest list. For example, if the vendors want to know by October 1st, you might want to tell your guests you need an answer by September 15th.
Another factor when considering an RSVP date is the memory of your guests. If you give them too much time to RSVP, many of them may forget. So, try giving them no more than 3 weeks to decide if they’ll be in attendance.
6. Review before Printing
You should never just start bulk printing or ordering your wedding invitations in bulk if you haven’t reviewed them. Request a sample invitation be printed up so you can see how it looks and feels. Check that all information is listed and spelled accurately. If there are any changes to be made, now would be the time to make them known.
7. Don’t Forget Envelope Design
People don’t get a lot of mail these days. Most of what is received is postcards and junk mail. Having your invitation sitting in a pile of junk mail for weeks or thrown in the trash would obviously be a waste. So, be sure you send your wedding invitations in an envelope that stands out. You can opt for a different color or size envelope, choose elegant fonts for address labels, and choose unique postage stamps.
You’re planning one of the best days of your life and you want everyone you love and care for to be there. To get the message out and leave a positive impression on guests, be sure to keep the above-mentioned wedding invitation tips in mind.