How should you choose your wedding invitations? Picking the design for your invitations can be overwhelming — you might like a variety of styles, so how do you know which to choose? Keep in mind you'll want to choose invitations that set the tone for your event, and give guests a glimpse of what the day will be like. Here are 3 things to consider before making a selection.
1. How formal is your wedding?
The formality of your wedding can be determined by the aesthetic of your venue and the time of day your wedding will be held. If you're hosting a black tie wedding at 6pm in a ballroom, make sure your invitation conveys this to your guests, both in wording and in design. Consider thicker papers, foil stamping or letterpress, and formal fonts. On the other hand, if you're having a farm wedding in the afternoon and serving barbeque, you'll want simpler invitations to match. You'll want to pick more casual fonts, steer clear of foil stamping (unless it's white!), and you might choose more "earthy" elements, like twine wraps or kraft envelopes.
2. What's your wedding venue like?
Often a venue doesn't dictate the formality of your event. But if you're getting married at a yacht club, you might consider using blues or nautical elements, and for a garden wedding, you may consider greenery or florals in the design.
3. Does your wedding have a theme?
Whether vintage (art deco!) or modern (minimal and sleek), if you have a "look" in mind for your wedding and reception, make sure the invitations help carry the theme. Colors can almost always be changed to fit your theme, so try to look at overall style versus shopping only for, say, blue invitations.
4. What's your budget?
Before you fall in love with all the "extras," spend some time calculating how much you can spend on wedding invitations. Sometimes, this can affect your design choice. If you know you need to avoid letterpress, choose a design that excels in flat printing! From the Hello Tenfold collection, a design like Flora looks great in flat printing as well as letterpress and foil, whereas a design like Florentine is best suited to foil and letterpress.
Still not sure? When designing, I always envision the kind of weddings that will "match" my design. If you're wavering between styles, I'd love to hear more about your event, and help you choose the best fit. Keep an eye out for an upcoming post on how specific design choices can make an invitation more or less formal.