Wedding invitations can be as individual as the couple getting married. Whereas at one time wedding invitations followed a traditional format, today wedding invitations can be formal or informal, traditional or contemporary and as unique as the soon-to-be-wed couple. A wedding invitation can be a single card that contains no more than essential information, through to a large information pack that has many enclosures containing maps, accommodation information and more. Wedding invitations are the first opportunity that a couple has to really stamp their individuality on their wedding and to set the scene for what guests can expect at the ceremony and celebrations.
DIY Wedding Invitations
Creating your own DIY wedding invitations is the perfect way to produce unique invitations that will be long remembered. DIY wedding stationery can also be cheaper than commercially produced alternatives. Rubber stamps are perfect for making DIY wedding stationery and can be used to decorate everything from invitations to table decorations. A rubber stamp can be used to follow a specific design through all elements of the wedding celebrations. See Wedding Rubber Stamps for more information.
Wedding invitations are the first formal notification that people will receive about a wedding. Although save the date cards may have been sent out earlier, these are typically informal and give very basic information about the wedding. The wedding invitations will give guests full details of the wedding and let guests know what to expect.
Designing Wedding Invitations
The key purpose of a wedding invitation is to provide guests with essential information about the wedding. As long as this information is clearly provided, it really does not matter how it is delivered. A couple can choose to be as formal or as informal as they like and many couples use this as an opportunity to put their own identity on their wedding.
A rubber stamp can be used to add decoration to the wedding invitations. Stamps can also be used to add the same design to other items such as the envelope and any enclosures to give a coordinated look. See Wedding Rubber Stamps for ideas about choosing rubber stamps for a wedding.
What, Where and When
The three pieces of essential information that need to be provided in a wedding invitation can be summarized as 'what, where and when'. This information can be displayed on a single card using traditional wording or the information can be collated as part of a wedding information pack. This will largely depend on the amount of information that is to be provided.
- What – the 'what' of a wedding invitation is the details about the wedding and reception. This should give the guests all the information that they require about the ceremony and celebrations. Supplementary information might include any information that might be useful if the ceremony or celebrations are going to be a little different or unusual. This is particularly useful if there are dress implications. This 'forewarns' guests of what they can expect. This can be contained within the main body of the invitation or as an enclosure.
- Where – the 'where' is details of where the ceremony and celebrations are to be held. Basic information can be provided in the invitation with supplementary information provided as part of an information pack. Other information might include a map, parking information, suggestions for accommodation, local visitor attractions and public transport timetables.
- When – the 'when', of course, is the date and time of the wedding. While a save the date card will have advised people of the date of the wedding, the invitation will confirm the date and the time.
Single Card or Information Pack
One decision that a couple needs to make when considering making their own hand stamped wedding invitations, is whether they are going to send out a single card that contains all the information or prepare an information pack. Some couples, for instance, have a lot of information to send or wish to send out separate invitations to different parts of the day. This makes a difference when planning the overall design of the invitations and also has an impact on the choice of stationery and envelopes. The cost of adding enclosures to a wedding invitation including additional printing and postal costs should be taken into account when budgeting. See About Wedding Information Packs for more information.
RSVP or Reply Cards
Couples generally like guests to reply to confirm their attendance at the wedding. This is often essential for planning and budgeting purposes. Reply information should be included on the invitation and this should include where replies are to be sent to and any deadline. An attractive alternative is to include a reply card with the invitation so that guests can simply return this. A reply card is also perfect for rubber stamping and this will help to reflect the wedding theme through the stationery.
Making wedding invitations can be as simple or as complex as you like. Good planning early on will help to make the process straightforward and enjoyable.