Wedding Invitations To Reflect The Wedding Ceremony Style
by: Aldene Fredenburg
Wedding ceremonies these days are as varied as the couples who take that big step; from traditional church weddings to mid-air nuptials as the participants float underneath matching parachutes, the locations and modes of marrying are wonderfully diverse. Why not choose a wedding invitation which reflects the design and spirit of the occasion? Here are some considerations:
Wedding Invitations To Match Wedding Location and Theme
Where are you getting married? If youíre having a traditional indoor wedding in a church, you may want to choose an equally traditional white embossed invitation with a religious theme. If your wedding is scheduled to take place in a sunny field surrounded by wildflowers, however, a more colorful invitation with a nature theme might be perfect.
What is the color scheme of the wedding? Many brides-to-be spend a lot of time and thought choosing bridesmaidís dresses, flowers, and other decorations for their wedding; why not let the wedding invitation reflect the chosen color scheme? A small, intimate evening wedding with deep burgundy bridesmaid gowns would benefit from beautifully decorative burgundy and gold engraved invitations with coordinating envelopes; an informal spring wedding could be reflected by cheerful pastel invitations.
Ethnic Or Religious Wedding Invitations
Do you want to reflect a particular ethnic or religious background? Your familyís cultural or religious history may include specific wedding traditions; why not reflect these in your wedding invitations? Traditional African designs, Greek or Russian Orthodox iconography, or simply elegant Asians designs could all be incorporated into unique wedding invitations. Pre-designed wedding invitations are becoming ever more diverse, but if you canít find an invitation that matches what you have in mind, you may be able to find a greeting card with a blank interior which you can adapt, or design one yourself.
Think about all your needs before you order your invitations.
For all wedding invitations, you need to include response cards and envelopes so your guests can RSVP. Also, decide whether itís okay for you to receive responses by email; if so, include your email address somewhere on the invitation or RSVP card. If you want the responses to arrive by snail mail, spend the extra money to put postage stamps on the return envelopes; it will increase your chances of getting responses, both yeses and noís, tremendously.
Are you having a pre-wedding supper for family and participants? If itís a formal affair, you may want place cards for the dinner. You may also want a wedding guest book and thank-you notes matching your invitations. Are you going to send announcements to people you donít plan to invite to the wedding? You might want to consider drafting them so they announce the wedding as having taken place, wait until after the ceremony to send them, and enclose a wedding photo as a small gift to the recipient.
Whatever your wedding plans, let your invitations and accessories reflect your plans for the ceremony itself. This small detail will help you define the day and make it even more memorable, for yourself and for all your guests.
Wedding Planning Tips and Ideas
Wedding Invitation TermsBefore shopping for wedding invitations, you should become familiar with some of the terminology you will encounter. Here are explanations of some of the more common terms and items that youíll probably encounter while shopping for your invitations...Invitation Terms