Unconventional Wedding Invitations

Do you want to shake things up a bit when you invite your guests to your wedding?  How about unconventional wedding invitations?  I highly recommend a theme for your wedding.  It ties everything together.  it appears that the bridal couple below had an island/tropical themed wedding. I just love their exotic wedding invitations.  How innovative – an invitation in a bottle!  Ok, darling, but let’s be realistic.  Not only will this be expensive, and time consuming, but think about the cost to MAIL these invites.  But hey!  Everyone has their own priorities for their wedding.  Perhaps this couple wants to use discretionary funds on their invitations instead of say, extra desserts.

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Cute and cost effective would describe the invite below.  And I bet extra postage would not be required for this invitation, as is usually the case.

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The next invitations is adorable.  Right away the guests get a sense of excitement when they receive the invite. When I look at this, I imagine the event is going to be a lot of fun.

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Love, love our next invite.  Right away, the guests are ‘invited’ to begin interacting with the bridal couple.  A puzzle is a cute way to go… but practical?  NO.  Many people like to put invitations on a cork board or the frig.  Would this puzzle be easy to mount in such a way?  I don’t think so.  Perhaps the guests could glue it onto a piece of paper?  Not always wise to expect your guests to invest in time this way.  But it IS cute…

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Talk about beautiful!  If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, etsy.com is a good place to start.  As I’ve often mentioned on my blog, I love etsy.com!   It’s a delightful, reasonably priced marketplace composed of many different vendors/artists.  My oldest daughter got her invitations on etsy.  I had a great experience, and highly recommend it.  Would the beautiful daisy invitation be cheap?  No.  And again, get your priorities straight and decide if this is how you want to spend your funds.  If the answer is “yes”, go for it!

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Wedding Invitations – Are You Ready For New Social Mores?

Wedding Invitations – are you ready for the new social mores?  Remember, your wedding invitation is your guests’ first glimpse into your wedding style.  You want to do it right.  With all the new couplings, you want to make sure you address your invites properly.  The chart below is very comprehension and a good reference.

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But what about the wording of the invitation?  With blended families, divorced parents, the new trend of the groom’s family contributing to the wedding, things can get muddled.  Another helpful chart follows:

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And another informative chart of appropriate invitations wordings below.

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But don’t just stop with your invitation.  Remember to also order your thank you cards when you order your invitations.  Do they have to match or share the theme of your invites?  NO.  But order or purchase them asap.  And try to write the thank yous as soon as the gifts come in.  A common theme I’ve seen among couples is a stand-off regarding thank you notes.  The bride puts her foot down and takes a stand.  She “Will NOT write all the thank you notes!”  Her groom is going to do half. Guess what?  Those thank yous keep getting put off, because really, no one likes to do them.  And let’s face it, someone is going to do the heavy lifting on this one.  Get it done.  It just reflects badly on both of you if you delay.  A cute idea… one of my daughters and sons-in-law wrote a few thank yous after the wedding, and included a photo of them using the wedding gift.  Talk about a hit!  The guests loved this!

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And what to say?  Check out the nice formula above.  Remember, your guests put time, thought, and generous funds into your gift.  It’s thoughtful to respond in kind.

All the Ins and Outs of Wedding Invitations

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All the ins and outs of wedding invitations, do you you know them? There’s more to your wedding invitation than just picking a pretty pattern.  You must decide who the hosts are, (bride’s family, groom’s family or both), type of wedding, (religious, non-religious), font and invitation style.

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In deciding the script font, you are making a choice as to whether your invitation will be formal, or informal.  Above are some lovely, “free” fonts for a DIY invite.  CAN you DIY?  Yes you can, and nicely too. Although if you go on a website such as etsy.com, you can get a professional to make your invitations for not that much more than a DIY “kit” would cost you.

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Addressing those invites…this can be a challenge to be done properly.  Best advice?  Consult an etiquette book, this blog post, or a website.  You want to do it right?  Consider hiring a calligrapher, it’s not prohibitively priced, and can save you so much time – as well as looking beautiful.  Another option?  Check to see if your printer offers the option of printing your guests’ addresses on the outer envelopes prior to shipping you your completed order.

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The above chart offers some “extra tips” for the right way, and the WRONG way of the envelope etiquette.  Perhaps the most important tip, always, always spell all words out, i.e., state name, street address, etc.

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When you’ve figured all the business side of your wedding invitations, the fun begins.  You get to choose your style.  Remember, your wedding invitation is the first glimpse your guests will get for the style and vibe of your wedding.  Not to scare you, but it’s a big decision!

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All About Wedding Invitations

Having trouble deciding who makes the cut for your wedding, what wording to use on your invitations, what font, what style?  Well, this post, “All About Wedding Invitations” is for you!  It IS difficult to decide whom to invite and whom to exclude.  Granted you can’t invite everyone you know!  If you’d like to read more about that sensitive topic, just click on the link: Guest List for a previous blog post.  Maybe it can help you navigate the treacherous waters of protecting people’s feelings while still staying on budget – not easy to do!

 

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I found this chart invaluable on how to address those invitation envelopes CORRECTLY.  I thought I knew the proper way, but was not right on a few instances.  And remember, the formality of the addresses should match the style of the invitation.  One item I found amusing on this chart…”Use the Five Digit Zip Code” instead of the longer version, as it’s “Aesthetically more pleasing”.  🙂

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I never knew there were so many calligraphy fonts.  There are all sort of options for the the physical act of addressing invitations.  Some companies offer to print the names and address on your envelopes before they even ship.  All you need to do is stuff them.  While it won’t actually look as if someone took “pen to paper”, I hear it looks pretty good.  I addressed my daughters’ invitations with my best calligraphy, (which while not professional, I was pleased with my efforts), but I’m not sure I’ll do it for the younger two.  Do people really notice?

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Although not an invitation, I included the above photo because I liked the idea so much.  The chart gives the guests a nice heads up for the evening.

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Don’t forget to number the backs of your envelopes.  Then assign the number to your guest list.  There will ALWAYS be a few people who forget to write their names on the response cards…