Navigating the Vast and Various World of Wedding Invitations

An overview of wedding invitations.

Shopping for wedding invitations can be quite an overwhelming experience. The wedding invitations set the tone for your wedding, so you want to make sure you get them right. Not just the content of them, but the look of them too.

The trick is getting the perfect wedding invitation and having it fit your budget. Wedding invitations range from economy to deluxe and you're going to want to look at prices when you're looking at the invitations.

I'm Patti the Perfect Party Planner and I'm going to go over some wedding invitation basics for you.

Design Reflects Style

As I said before, the design of your wedding invitations will reflect the tone of your wedding. For example, if you're going with a traditional wedding, you're going to want to go with the traditional ivory wedding invitation. On the other hand, if you're going with a casual wedding, colored invitations will be just fine.

Wedding invitations printed on linen will be more expensive than invitations printed on regular paper, but they do reflect a certain sense of formality and style which is desired for many wedding invitations.

Engraved vs. Thermographed

The printing on your wedding invitations will be either engraved or thermographed. This is one thing that is going to have a big impact on your budget.

Both engraved and thermographed invitations look the same, but engraving is a much longer process and therefore is much more expensive. The main difference between engraved and thermographed invitations is that thermographed printing does not leave an imprint on the back of the invitation paper like engraving does.

Wording of the Invitation

The invitation should always convey certain messages including who is getting married, the location, date and the time, who is hosting the affair and what the atmosphere will be (casual, white tie, themed).

Your wedding invitations accurately convey that information and everything else should fall into place.

Etiquette of the Wording

As far as punctuation goes, wedding invitations follow a traditional approach. There should be no punctuation except for commas after the day of the week and periods after abbreviations.

The spelling of the wedding invitations should be in British English, using words like favour instead of favor, etc.

While wedding invitations can be a confusing matter to approach, by following the above advice you should be able to navigate the wide world of wedding invitations.

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