When planning a wedding, there are certainly lots of details to consider. Sometimes it may seem as if it’s difficult to plan a memorable and unique celebration when dealing with so many ‘cookie-cutter’ options. Wedding invitations are no exception.
From stock invitations to dresses and banquet halls, the challenge can be to make a unique and special statement, reflecting the unique and special couple getting married. Luckily, there are myriad opportunities to add a little of your unique personality to your wedding details, not the least of which is your wedding invitation style.
Of course the truth is that every wedding is special and memorable, but for some ideas on how to create unique wedding invitations, the following list has been gathered to inspire you.
STYLES AND THEMES
You can take your cues from any number of sources, such as:
- Use the planned theme or color scheme of the upcoming wedding to inspire the wedding invitations. If the wedding is to be held during a specific season known for certain visuals, for instance, you may take your cue from this and have invitations meant to invoke the season. As an example, an invitation to an autumn wedding could include a fall motif with brightly colored leaves. A beach wedding invitation could have a picture or hints of the beach or ocean; a little golf tee could be included for an invitation to a country/golf club reception.
- Consider ordering the invitations on custom-colored paper for a striking effect. For example, black or navy invitation stock with gold or silver lettering looks very classy.
- Try a unique theme that is meaningful to either the bride and groom or the families. If one family raises horses or dogs, for example, an animal motif could be incorporated into the invitations by means of embossing the paper, or by including pictures or text that include the horses or dogs.
- Incorporate a memento that speaks of the couple – little book-shaped confetti for a librarian and a teacher getting married, for instance – or that will mean something only to invited guests, such as a puzzle or question to be answered at the wedding.
WHERE TO GET THE INVITATIONS
Traditional wedding invitation companies usually carry an array of printable invite templates. You can also try:
- Stationery stores: Not only are these stores goldmines for both creative ideas as well as different colors and styles of paper and envelopes, many also carry actual invitations – you might find just the perfect idea or package and need to search no further.
- Printing companies: Drop by your local printing and copying store. They carry lots of paper and many will have ideas to help. Quite a few also carry invitation books – like wallpaper books – that you can order from on an á la carte.
- Internet: Try ebay or other online auctions, and try google, which will often bring up craigslist ads or others from people who have blank unused or bulk invitations to sell.
ADDRESSING THE INVITATIONS
The level of formality of the planned wedding will dictate how you address the invitations. Of course you will want to include the date, time, location and dress code, if any. Also be sure and mention important details such as bridal registry information, RSVP details and whether or not children will be welcome.
There are many more ideas to put your own unique stamp on your wedding invitations that you will no doubt come up with, once your imagination gets rolling. Above all, remember to enjoy this special time, and have fun!
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