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Wedding Invitation - A Dilemma

Aug 31, 2007
There is no doubt that you want to make every item of your wedding prefect. You would like to have the perfect wedding dress, perfect venue and so on. However, one interesting phenomenon I observe is that the perfect standard will become lower when it comes to the wedding invitations.

It is true that the price of wedding invitation is just a fraction of other wedding items such as your wedding gown and wedding photography. As a result couples may put less emphasis on their wedding invitations. This is especially true when couples feel the wedding invitations are too expensive. They would rather go for cheaper options even if quality is sacrificed. However, virtually no couple will sacrifice the quality of other wedding items. In Hong Kong, a couple will spend about USD40 for one single wedding photo and they may "buy" fifty of these photos even if it is out of their budget. Such case seldom happens in the field of wedding invitation design.

Besides, some couples maintain that their guests will throw the wedding invitation cards into the rubbish bins anyway, it will be totally a waste to spend so much money on wedding invitations. In this case I believe using email as wedding invitation will be the best solution. However, couples, even if they think their guests will throw the invitation cards away sooner or later, are usually reluctant to adopt this idea of email wedding invitations.

In fact, I believe that these couples are facing a dilemma. On one hand they think that a physical wedding invitation card is virtually useless but on the other hand they may think that an email invitation is somehow impolite. We have to admit that wedding is something strongly connected with etiquette.

Apart from the above, couples may sometimes think that it is not worth spending so much money on the wedding invitations since they can also do the "designs" on their PCs. As a wedding invitation designer, what I observe is that more couples are bringing their computer files to me and asking for quotations in these two years.

It is really good that the couples are trying to involve in the design process. However, one misunderstanding shared by many of these couples is that they think a wedding invitation is just about creating a computer file and have it printed.

Actually, I hold quite a different point of view towards this notion of wedding invitation design. A wedding invitation can be more than a printed material. Although I am a wedding invitation designer myself, I am also an advocate of DIY invitations.

Here DIY refers to the notion of handmade invitations. You may write the contents of the invitation one by one. You may also need to collect different raw materials and put them together to make your invitation. You may even need to learn the Japanese Origami in order to make your own envelope.

If you are ready to spend time to make your own wedding invitation, I will suggest you save a buck and start to design and make your own invitation. You should never sacrifice the quality of any of your wedding items.
About the Author
Jerry Leung is a wedding invitation designer with great interest in Chinese Style Wedding cards. He Designs a lot of Chinese Wedding Invitation Card. He runs a Weding Blog and shares Wedding Tips.
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