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    December

    Wedding Stationery – Making the Most of Your Wedding Invitation

    Today we have a guest post from event planner and designer, Alice Jenkins. In her years of experience, she’s found that the invitation is an unsung hero when it comes to wedding planning. So today she is sharing her advice on how to make the most of your wedding invitation…..


    The wedding invitation can serve more of a purpose than disseminating information about your wedding’s date and venue. It can be a method of self-expression and a guide, for yourself and your guests, for how to prepare for the occasion. Here are a couple of things to consider and include when designing and assembling the ever-under utilized wedding invitation.

    Useful Information Checklist

    Obviously the most important pieces of information to go onto an invitation are the names of the lovebirds, the date of the ceremony, and the location. But there are plenty of other tidbits that will prove useful to include, even if they don’t appear on the formal invitation itself. Here are some ideas of what you should consider including on either the back of the invitation or on a separate piece of paper in the envelope:

     

    -directions to the site(s) of the event (from the airport or highway), perhaps with a map

    -parking options (if applicable)

    -list of nearby hotels & their numbers

    -dress code/ theme

    -bridal registry information

    -if there will be an open bar (& taxi service numbers if there will be)

    -expected weather conditions

    Along with these considerations, you might also include some entertaining personal information that your guests would enjoy. Share a quick story of how the proposal went or mention that your dog will be the ring bearer. It will make your invitees feel that you’re welcoming them to more than just a party- you’re welcoming them to the union of two interesting and unique individuals.

     

    Roadmap for a Consistent Theme

    Many couples choose to send out a wedding announcement or save the date card even before formulating their invitation. I always recommend that couples plan the invitation in tandem with the announcement so that there’s a sense of consistency between the two. This will not only make all of your supplies easier to gather, but it will help you cement your theme so that you can plan the rest of the festivities effectively.

     

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    A coherent theme will utilize similar colours, materials, and fonts throughout the event. This is sometimes easier to do if you have a specific theme like nautical, geek, or medieval because templates abound and there are plenty of resources dedicated to these niches. Maintaining a feeling of continuity without a set theme can be more difficult because it’s easy to get lost in the endless choices of colour palettes and fabrics and fonts. Settling on some general guidelines in your invitation can turn it into a guide to how you approach the rest of your plans.

       

    Invitation Favours and Treats

     To make an invitation a little more fun, consider including a small token. Sending a personalized wedding pen to fill out the RSVP card is a functional option, as is a small foldable fan if you’re hosting an outdoor wedding in summer. For something they can bring to the wedding, you can send a silk flower for guests to put in their hair or pin to their lapel. A winter wedding can include a small bag of snowflake-shaped, biodegradable confetti to toss instead of rice.

    If your wedding has a theme, devise a favour that complements it. For a carnival reception, a clever idea is to include tickets that guests can use for the photo booth or games. If you have a fun theme like Star Wars, maybe slip some temporary tattoos in with the invitation that they can wear to the reception. Use your imagination to dream up something that will charm your guests and get them excited for the event.

     Tattoos from Birthday Direct.

    The invitation you send out for your wedding can be as simple or as fancy as you like, but don’t forget that it’s the introduction to your nuptials as a whole and to the life that you and your significant other will share. By thinking of it as something more than a simple invitation, you can tailor it to suit your wedding perfectly and put it to truly good use. 

    Thanks to Alice for her fab advice.What plans have you got for your wedding stationery? Would love to hear from you. Bye for now, Jenny.

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    One Response to “Wedding Stationery – Making the Most of Your Wedding Invitation”

    1. avatar Suzan says:

      Thanks for sharing the resource.

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