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What You Need To Know About Wedding Invitations

May 22, 2008
Wedding invitations speak volumes about the soon-to-be-wed couple and their families. The invitations also offer a preview of the nuptials and give away the general tone of the wedding. At this point, couples should make a good impression already and these tips can go a long way.

Wedding Invitations with Character

Bridal couples want to make a positive buzz with their wedding invitations. Like the search for the perfect wedding everything, invitations have to be chosen for their visual appeal, creativity, quality, and uniqueness. The choice will depend on the couple's lifestyle and budget. But the bride makes the major moves when it comes to the conceptualization of the invitations.

If you want the prettiest but functional invitations, take note of the following:

* Decide the budget for the invitations.
* Agree on the number of invitations to be printed or hand-made.
* Decide if you're getting a combination of wedding and reception invitation or separates.
* Decide the theme of the wedding and subsequently, the invitations to match.
* Consider personal family situations for the proper wordings in the invitations (e.g. divorced parents, single or solo parents, and widows or widowers).

Traditional and Non-Traditional Wedding Invitations

For traditional, informal weddings, and destination weddings, the invitation bears the stamp of the occasion's theme. Invitations can be costly or affordable and ordered from a catalogue or custom-made.

For a lavish wedding with some 250 guests, the invitations should be the grander sort, but for small weddings where only family members and close friends are invited to the wedding and reception, couples can opt to make their own invitations.

Couples can even send their invitations through the Internet, which the recipient can print and acknowledge through the World Wide Web. But a starry-eyed bride would like to have a keepsake for everything about the wedding, and invitations and wedding stationeries are not exempted.

This sentimentality is understandable because the invitations bear the important wedding information such as names of the couple to be wed, date and venue of the marriage, and the person/s hosting the wedding.

The wedding invitations could be designed according to the following:

* Traditional design of formal script and centered lay-out.
* Horizontal lay-out with the couple's photo.
* Use of color for emphasis as in color reversals (e.g. blue paper and golden scripts).
* The modern look of bright colors and angled text or contrasting colors.
* Framed invitations.
* Single raised paneled cards.
* Invitations with pressed flowers for effect.
* Scrolled invitations.
* Invitations with wax and seal.

You also have to decide on the kind of paper for the invitations to contribute to the excitement and expectation of the wedding ceremony and celebrations.

Considerations before Ordering Invitations

Couples considering ordering their invitations should have a final list of people to be invited. They would incur more expense for additional invitations. Other precautions when ordering invitations include:

* All names should be properly checked before printing.
* Titles of individuals should be accurate.
* Appropriate wordings.

Appropriate wordings should be selected carefully for different cases - one set or two sets of parents hosting the wedding, the couple spending for the wedding, or one set of parents funding the wedding but would like to include the other set of parents in the invitations. Also, to be carefully worded are titles for divorced and remarried parents.
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