Advice // Designing your Wedding Invitations

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Invitations serve not only as a way to spread the news about your wedding and to request the presence of your dear and dear,  they also serve as an introduction to your wedding’s style and tone. It is great to give your guests a sneak peak of your big day by reflecting your plans for your wedding day in these important pieces of stationery. Think about the colours you will be using in your decorations, the types of blooms in your floral arrangements, and the materials in your wedding dress. Draw inspiration from this! If you like a bit of sparkle, then research embellishments that will fit with your theme. If you are a fan of calligraphy, then buy a kit and get practicing, or locate a reputable artist.

When I use the term ‘invitations’ in the following post I am referring not only to the piece of card or paper which invites your guests to your wedding, I am also referring to the RSVP card, and additional information card (such as accommodation options and a map), and the envelopes. So to reiterate, a standard wedding invitation may include the following…

  • Invitation card carrying all essential information
  • RSVP card including space for any dietary requirements/allergies
  • RSVP envelope (always addresses, sometimes carrying a stamp)
  • Additional information card (directions, accommodation info, a map and taxi numbers)
  • Envelope carrying the names of the guests who are invited and a stamp

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Invitation card:

The invitation card is the most important document from the above list as it includes all of the relevant information concerning the names of the bride and groom, date, time and location of the wedding, as well as which part of the day the guest is invited to. The invitation should be the first thing you design, and every other piece of stationery at your wedding should be designed using elements from it, in order to tie the day together seamlessly.

If you would like to state the dress code, do so on the invitation itself by saying ‘formal’, ‘black tie’, ‘cocktail attire’ or ‘casual’.

RSVP card and envelope:

The RSVP needs to be large enough to include space for your guests to tell you if they are or are not able to attend (‘accept with pleasure’ or ‘decline with regret’), as well as space to jot down any dietary requirements and allergies. It’s a good idea to include an envelope carrying the address of the person who will be processing the RSVPs, but it’s up to you whether you’re willing to take on the extra cost of including a stamp. Personally I feel that it’s expensive enough to send invitations, and if someone can’t be bothered to buy a stamp to RSVP, they probably shouldn’t be taking up a space at your wedding!

Additional information card:

You may like to provide your guests with additional information in the form of detailed directions, an annotated map, the particulars of nearby hotels, and local taxi company numbers. This is particularly important if your chosen venue is a little way away from where most of your guests live.

Your additional information card could also carry details of the childcare company you have employed to care for your little wedding guests.

Envelope:

Your wedding invitation envelope needs to be large enough to accommodate the rest of your invitation without splitting or scuffing the edges of the paper. Depending on which form you chose your envelopes will either include the full names of the guest(s) to whom the invitation is addressed, or it will simply carry their title(s). Be sure to check and double check the spelling of everyone’s names and addresses before posting.

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A word on postage:

While it’s lovely to create and send invitations with embellishments, folded elements and wax seals you need to be aware of the current post office thickness and weight restrictions for posting envelopes. At the time of writing a small letter must be less than 5mm in thickness, weigh less than 100g and have dimensions no larger than 240 x 165mm. If you’re thinking of having extravagant invitations you need to be prepared to be bumped into the large letter or even small package category which will add a significant amount to your stationery budget. Consider swapping proud decorations and seals for flat decorations and foiling, and keep the thickness of the card to a minimum.

--Lottie ♥