By Terry Lowery
Choosing wedding invitations has become just as important as
choosing your bridal gown, because it is your official
announcement that will beautifully display your names together
and the date of your upcoming union. An invitation could be
cherished forever in a frame or scrapbook and will be seen for
generations to come.
The most important detail to pay attention to when choosing a
wedding invitation is the company who will be making them. Is
it a respectable company? Are they capable of doing good work
and paying attention to even the smallest details? Do they
a good reputation of getting the invitations sent out at a
reasonable time and are their fees acceptable? Once you have
found a good stationary company to order your invitations
through, they will be able to help you decide the wording to
use and the etiquette to use in unusual situations.
Choosing a wedding invitation will be based on the tone you
want set for your wedding. It should match the style and
whether it is casual and light or a more formal ceremony. You
may also think about applying wedding colors to the ink of
invitations. This will give guests the hint of your wedding
colors when they want to buy you gifts that reflect your
For unique styles when choosing your wedding invitation, think
about having your stationary company put a black and white
photo of you and your soon to be groom on the invitation.
are also many different types of clip art you can add. For a
more formal wedding, add ribbons and bows to the invitation,
which can be tied on by you after printing is done.
When choosing your wedding invitations, think about what
information you will want to include. Be sure there will be
ample room for what you want to say. A typical invitation
includes the bride and grooms names, parentís names, date and
time of wedding and the name and address of the church. You
also want to include any plans of a reception with times and
address. Response cards can be added with the invitations for
an additional fee which will ask the guest to send back an
answer to whether they are attending and how many there will
in their party.
Once you have chosen your wedding invitations, give yourself
plenty of time to order them so you can proofread the writing
and have them corrected if necessary. Be sure to have an
accurate guest list so that you do not run short on
when sending them out. They should be sent out no sooner than
month before the wedding and no later than two weeks before.
sending them out too soon, guests may lose the invitation and
forget your big day and by sending them out too late, many
people will have a hard time attending because of prior
When choosing invitations remember to pick the one you feel
fits your wedding and style, pay attention to wording, order
early, and proofread. Always save an invitation back for
yourself for you and your spouse to read in the years to come.
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