In the past three or so years wedding stationery has transformed from strictly functional paper goods to one of the key wedding elements. Upon receiving their invitations, the guests can get a glimpse of the upcoming celebration, understand the feel and mood of the event, and get intrigued just the same. However, deciding on and designing an invitation may be quite challenging to the couples, so today, we try to open up the door to this interesting topic.
Essential Elements of Invitation Suite
Since the wedding planning is quite a long process in itself, and the best timeline for wedding preparation is something around a year, it’s an excellent idea to keep your guests on track with what’s happening and send them information at the appropriate time.
Save-the-dates are the first cards to reach your guests, and can be arranged right after the proposal is done and the wedding date is set. Save-the-dates only aim to inform the guests to reserve this date for attending the wedding and typically, it does not provide any additional information. They can be done either online or printed offline and sent through the post.
An acronym for French ‘Respondez s’il vous plait’, which can be translated as “kindly reply”. When the couple sends out RSVPs they seek to understand how many of the invited people would be able to make it to the wedding, so the question “Are you able to attend the wedding?” is not rhetorical. If the guests were invited to bring his/her partner, RSVPs also allow them to indicate their names. RSVPs are usually sent and collected 3-4 months before the wedding date.
Main Invitation Suite
Invitation Suits normally include all essential information that the attending guests need to know, including date, time, and dress-code. A set of invitation would typically include an envelope, invitation card, and direction card. Options like a reception card (if some guests are only invited to one part of the day, either the ceremony or reception), or accommodation card (in case you’re paying for guests accommodation, or you simply want to give them some advice on lodging) are also available. The best time to send this would be 2 months before the wedding date.
Design and Personalization
From the envelope to the smallest card, the tendency now calls for customization. Calligraphy is gaining more and more popularity, because of it’s personal and emotional appeal. It’s always good to create the whole set in a consistent design; this can be a uniting element, like the color scheme, material, and paper type, lettering, etc.
When looking for a calligrapher, do not forget that handiwork is usually quite costly; so, to be sure you’ll get exactly what you envisioned, it’s better to go through the details with the calligrapher. Gather examples of sets that you like, regarding mood, colors, and fonts, but don’t forget that each calligrapher has their style. It’s always better to have a good understanding of the wedding day design in general before proceeding with the artwork for invitation suit too.
If you’re not a fan of calligraphy, don’t worry! There are multiple ways to make your invitation suite look great with printed means; from getting a beautiful, good quality paper to various printing techniques, including embossing, foiling, hot stamp, and many others.
Just think of what you want your guests to feel when they receive this set, and the flow of ideas is automatic!