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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Save The Date

 

The “Save the Date” card is now de rigor for the wedding ensemble.  And when you think about it, it makes sense.  As busy as everyone’s lives are, the more advance notice a bride can give her guests, the better.

So add one more decision to the bucket of “To Do’s.”  You have to decide on which type of “Save the Date” you want to send.  This sets the tone of your wedding, really.  If you’re planning a relaxed affair, your “Save the Date” should reflect that.  If it will be formal, give your guests a heads up so they can plan proper attire.

Do you want to give your guests a chuckle, or do you want your “Save the Date” to be functional?

The top photo is from etsy.com.  You can insert your photos into this calendar magnet.

If you want to take a more economical route, send a postcard like the one below.  It’s cute and gets all the info out, while saving on design and postage.

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You may choose to be more formal like the “Save the Date” above.  But be warned, cards such as these can be pricey, as well as labor intensive.  Do you REALLY want to address invitations TWICE?

A final option, and a great one, I think, is the “e-Save-the-Date.”  paperlesspost.com is a wonderful site for e-invitations of all kind.  You can be as fancy or as simple as you like.  My daughter, Maggie and son-in-law, Robert, used it, and attached a picture taken by the talented Matt Stauble of mattstaublemedia.com

  What I love about e-save the dates is that you know right away if the card made it to your guests via your on-line dashboard.  No more wondering if it was accidentally stuck in a magazine via “snail mail.”  You can also request physical addresses at the time you send out your e-card for the wedding invitations.  And don’t forget, no postage, no addressing envelopes, and very competitive pricing.  The photo below is from their e-save the date.  mattstaublemedia.com

Which did option did my daughter, Kathleen and son-in-law, Tyler choose?  Next time…