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After all of the planning, trimming of the guest list, and organization necessary for a wedding, it's time to invite your loved ones to the celebration and send out your wedding invitation! Many couples also choose to send save-the-dates, so if you've done this, you're one step closer to the final step of your pre-wedding stationery. While some pairs go with custom wedding invitation suites, others go with wedding invites from online stores or even create their own invitation design. Discover answers to common questions related to your wedding invite, below!
How to correctly word your wedding invitation depends on a number of circumstances. One of the easiest ways to categorize the various invitation wording examples is to first decide who is hosting the wedding. Depending on who the wedding host is – whether it be you and your spouse-to-be, your parents, or both sets of parents – there will be different "rules" for wedding invitation wording.
Your wedding invitation should definitely have the following three components: the invitation, response cards, and the outer envelope.
The main invitation should list all of the pertinent information for your event, as well as who is hosting your wedding celebration. Invitations are typically printed using letterpress (wording is pressed into the paper), digital or offset printing (wording is flush with the paper), or thermography (wording is raised). The response card includes an RSVP card with a return envelope with postage; however, many couples are using postcards or even modern, digital responses. The outer envelope has the guest's address on the front and a return address on the back flap.
Optional additions include an inner envelope, a reception card for wedding reception details, a map or direction card, weekend itinerary (popular for destination weddings), and inserts or pockets to keep everything together. And of course, your wedding day and beyond will require additional paper goods, such as thank-you cards, escort cards, menus, unique wedding signage, customized table numbers or seating charts, and more.
Many brides choose to hire a couture invitation designer, design studio, or graphic designer to create custom designs unique to their wedding day; however, many others choose to find their invitation suite styles through an online shop – many of which offer custom design services. The costs vary widely depending on the quality of the paper used, any special extras like letterpress printing, foil stamping, handwritten calligraphy, and more.
The cost of your wedding invitation will depend on the inclusions. Are you going to have a response card, reception card, map, or another enclosure? Will you be having an inner envelope or only an outer envelope? Do you want extras like foil accents or thicker paper to create a custom style? How many colors will you be printing? Are you having an artist create watercolor art for the invitation itself or the envelope liner?
The point being: simple digital invitations that are printed at a print shop will be the least expensive, while custom stationery from an online store can vary in terms of prices, and of course couture stationery services for the big day will end up costing the most – but be well worth it if the quality of your wedding invitation is a high priority in order to have the very best wedding.
If you're choosing to design your own save the date or wedding invitation templates, you can make them look more professional by choosing a high-quality paper, hiring a calligrapher to address the envelope for a classic look, or including creative details like an artistic envelope liner.