Your invitations are your guests’ first glimpse of what they can expect for your pending nuptials. So when choosing your wedding invitations, you’ll want to make sure to convey your wedding theme and express your personal style as a couple. Scroll through these 7 individual invitation styles, then find a local stationer who can design a wedding suite that tells your story, here.
Keep things classic and timeless with a clean-cut wedding invitation suite. Decorative edges add a subtle modern update.
Now that you’ve said “yes,” it’s time to let those important to you know. One of the first very first tasks in the wedding planning process will be to settle on a date for your pending nuptials. It can take some time but once the date is set, be sure to send out those save-the-dates. These pre-invites give the time, date and location of your wedding, and inform guests that they will indeed be invited to the celebration. Below is a simple guide to help you with proper etiquette to ensure your guests do, indeed, save the date!
1. Are save-the-dates necessary?
As your first formal announcement of your big day, your save-the-dates can increase guests’ chances of attending. If having everyone you love there to celebrate your wedding is important to you, or if you are planning a destination wedding, then YES, save-the-dates are necessary.
2. When is the proper time to send save-the-dates?
You will need to send out your save-the-dates six to eight months prior to your wedding. This is so you can provide family and friends ample time to make plans to attend, especially if you’re planning a destination wedding.
3. Whom should they be sent to?
Send save-the-dates only to those you will be inviting to the wedding, even if you’ve already verbally communicated the date. Make sure you have your wedding guest list drafted before you send save-the-dates.
4. What information should be included on them?
You will need to include essential information such as the time, date and location of your wedding, as well as your wedding website (if applicable) so guests can stay informed.
5. Email or traditional mail?
With our increasingly tech-savvy world, it’s become acceptable to send save-the-dates through email. Sending your save-the-dates via email will be a cheaper and faster option for notifying your guests. However, keep in mind that emails can get filtered through spam folders or end up going to email addresses that aren’t checked regularly. There’s also a chance that some guests may not have email accounts. Physical save-the-dates are more likely to be pinned or tacked somewhere to serve as a friendly reminder to guests. These little notecards will also give guests a glimpse of the tone and feel of your wedding. We love snail-mail save-the-dates, followed by an email to your guest list with a link to your wedding website. Done and…DONE!
This Houston wedding story is going to give you all the feels, so be prepared! Lindsey and Drew met in February of 2012 at the Philadelphia airport’s international check-in. They were on their way to a 10-day adventure in Israel with a group organization, and by the end of the trip they had each separately told their friends that they found their person. Lindsey had no clue Drew had said the same thing to his friends that she had, until the night of their rehearsal dinner, when Drew’s best man recalled in his speech, “Drew came home and said he’d met the girl he was going to marry.” Goosebumps. Drew absolutely insisted on proposing in a way that would mean the world to Lindsey. He had been working with Lindsey’s boss to get her to Philadelphia airport’s international check-in for a fake business trip…and he proposed right there where they’d first met many years ago. “The area was empty except for one older security staff member, who told us we had restored his faith in humanity,” the bride recounts. After spending the entire day in Philadelphia to celebrate as a newly engaged couple, Lindsey and Drew were returned home to a surprise celebration with their families! The pair then started to plan their Houston wedding. With 230 of their friends and loved ones in attendance, Lindsey and Drew said, “I do.” However, they took the traditional wedding series of events into their own hands. One of their favorite memories was their “first look” at Discovery Green, after which they stopped with their entire wedding party to have a pre-ceremony drink while taking pictures with J. Cogliandro Photography. (We seriously love this idea!) It’s safe to say that Lindsey and Drew have restored our faith in humanity, too. We couldn’t be happier for this sweet couple!
If there’s a trend in wedding invitations for 2015 and 2016 weddings, it’s personalization. Letterpress, thermography, foil printing, laser cutting, vintage fonts, unexpected envelope liners–all of these are on the table. The key to choosing the right combination of style, color and printing technique is letting your invitation reflect the unique feel and look of your wedding. This is the first glimpse your guests will get of the celebration they will experience. Make it shine…and make a magnificent first impression!