The wedding is now approaching fast and it doesn’t get more real than putting your wedding invitations in the post! Your wedding invitations will set the tone for your big day and will be your guests’ first glimpse of the delights that your wedding has in store. It is, therefore, worth taking the time to get them just right!
The world of wedding stationery can be difficult to navigate when faced with choices of styles, paper options and formats, so choosing your wedding invitations is no mean feat! Luckily for you, Atelier Rosemood, purveyors of personalised wedding stationery, are here to help with their 10 top tips for choosing your wedding invitations and negotiating the world of wedding invitation etiquette!
1. Have the important dates to hand
Aim to send out your wedding invitations around three to four months before the big day, giving yourself a couple of months beforehand to prepare and order your invites. If you are hosting a destination wedding you will want to send out your invites even earlier, (at least four months before the wedding), to ensure that your guests have time to organise accommodation and transport.
Your RSVP deadline will also play an important part in deciding when to send your wedding invitations. Give your guests around a month to reply to your wedding invitations, leaving yourself some breathing room to chase any unanswered invites before your suppliers require the final headcount.
2. Try wedding invitation samples
At this point, you probably have a wedding theme and colour scheme in mind so you can start looking for wedding stationery that will match your wedding vision. For some, it will be love at first sight when it comes to wedding invitations, whilst others may find it hard to narrow down their shortlist of designs. That is why it is a good idea to order wedding stationery samples from different companies so that you get a feel for the designs, printing and paper! Atelier Rosemood even offer free personalised samples so that you can see your wedding invitation wording in print!
3. Choose a theme
There are a whole host of wedding styles and themes out there, but the important thing is to choose a theme that suits your personalities and venue. Whether you are going rustic chic or contemporary glamour, take the time to browse through wedding invitation designs online to find inspiration for motifs and colours to suit your theme. A good place to start is by setting up a Pinterest board to keep track of your ideas.
4. Let your venue inspire your wedding invites
Embrace the surroundings and defining features of your venue when choosing your wedding stationery, bearing in mind the colour and style of the décor. Rustic wedding invitations with floral designs are perfect for a countryside wedding reception, whilst metallic wedding invitations will set the scene for a contemporary venue defined by its minimalist style.
5. Know your wedding colour scheme
If you have been planning your wedding in your head for the last few years, then you may already have a colour scheme in mind. If so, base the colours and hues of your wedding invitation design on your chosen colour palette. Atelier Rosemood offers a custom colour option for many of its most popular designs, so even if you don’t see your chosen colour on the website, they can adapt many of their designs to suit your colour scheme. Therefore, don’t be afraid to ask your stationery supplier about different colour options!
6. Have your wedding invitations reflect the season
The time of year you are getting married can also be a source of inspiration for your wedding stationery, with many venues being transformed by the seasons. Bright floral wedding invitations are ideal for a spring or summer wedding, whilst a wintry colour palette of crisp white or icy blue will be more suited to your winter wedding!
7. Make your wedding invitations personal
There are many ways to add personal touches to your wedding invitation design! Use your names or initials to create your very own wedding insignia or get creative and add a photo of the happy couple or your venue! You can also make your invitations personal for your guests by writing out their names by hand, (draft in a member of the bridal party to help if you don’t have brilliant handwriting).
8. Think about your wedding budget
Prices of wedding stationery will vary depending on the paper type and formats that you choose, so do bear your budget in mind as you browse different designs. If your dream wedding invitations come in a little over budget then think about some other ways you can keep the costs down. Ordering your wedding invitations well in advance so that you can send them by 2nd Class post and delivering your invites by hand where possible will help save on postage. It’s also good to remember that you should count one wedding invitation per household and not one per person when planning your wedding stationery budget.
9. Get your wedding invitation wording right
Picking your favourite design for your wedding invitations is a big step and can be a lot of fun! Finding the perfect wedding invitation wording, on the other hand, can sometimes be a bit of a headache. A simple change of wording can transform the same wedding invitation design from classic country house wedding to relaxed tipi wedding, or from a day to an evening-only invite. There is plenty of wedding invitation advice out there to help you choose the best text to reflect the formal or relaxed feel of your big day.
10. Bear the rest of your wedding stationery in mind!
Your wedding invitations are just the start of your wedding journey, with a whole host of on-the-day stationery to follow, leading right up to your wedding thank you cards and photo books after the big day! Whilst there is no rule to say that all of your wedding stationery has to match, a coordinated wedding stationery suite does have a true wow factor, so take a look whether there are matching menus and place cards available when ordering your wedding invitations.
We hope that these top tips will help make choosing your wedding invitations that bit easier and don’t forget that you can find plenty more wedding stationery advice on Rosemood’s website and blog! Their friendly customer service team are also on hand to help you find the perfect wedding stationery and photo books so do not hesitate to get in touch!
*This is a collaborative post.*