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Anatomy of a wedding invitation

May 20, 2014 | By: The Inventive Invitation Designer

The wedding invitation is the first contact the bride and groom have with the wedding guests so it’s important to set the tone of the wedding. Before you order the invitations you’ll want to make sure that you have the wedding details determined. This includes the date of the wedding, the location, and the time both of the ceremony as well as the reception. These details must be ironed out and confirmed before you begin with the invitations.

You’ve got a few choices when it comes to wedding invitations. You can design and print them yourself, you can have an experienced friend print them for you, or you can have them professionally printed. As a wedding invitation designer, I’ve seen people try it on their own, only to come to me when the invitations didn’t turn out as they expected. Generally, if you’re going to have a medium to large wedding it’s worth the extra money to have the invitations professionally designed and printed.

When designing wedding invitations many people leave off key information while adding other data that simply isn’t necessary. It is important to avoid some of the common mistakes that people make when trying to create their wedding invitations.

Mistake – Cluttered wedding invitation. Look for plenty of white space on the invitation. If you try to include too much information you’ll end up with a cluttered (read ugly) invitation. Instead, take out info that isn’t necessary to make sure that the data looks nice on the page.

Mistake – Forgetting important information. Sometimes people actually forget to include some of the important details that are necessary on the invitation. What happens next is a clumsy attempt to resolve the issues by using phone calls or sending updated information sheets via email or snail mail.

You need to include at least this info:

  • Date
  • Names
  • Location
  • Time
  • RSVP

Mistake – Not including an RSVP. The RSVP is the way you’ll know who’s attending the wedding. Be sure to include an RSVP with a pre-addressed and stamped envelope. Also, you can now include an email address to be used for RSVPs.  You must include a date that is at least two weeks ahead of the wedding, by which the guest has to respond.

Mistake – Awkward wording. Traditionally, the wedding invitation is presented by the bride’s parents. It may read something such as “Mr. and Mrs. Doe request the honour of your presence at the wedding of their daughter Alice”. It can become very awkward when the parents are divorced or there are other complex situations. I suggest if this is the case, simply announce the wedding without including the parents.


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