The theme of your wedding, in one way or another, will be a reflection of your personalities. Whether rustic, formal, flowery, Disney-kitsch or beach-themed, it’s your wedding and the theme is one you, the bridal couple, feel happy with. This theme can be extended not only to the venue but to clothing, flowers, the cake and – of course – the invitations.
Most people seem to like to show off wedding invitations on their mantelpiece or in a similar position – which also has the advantage that they won’t forget it or lose it. This does mean, however, that it should look appealing – but that’s not to say that it should be blandly classical. As long as all the necessary information is on the invitation, and depending on your budget (don’t forget postage), you don’t need to be restrained to using the traditional card. What about luggage labels; fun game; wooden hearts; magnets; pencils?…
The basic information you must include:
- The names of the bride and groom (and surnames if the invitations are not coming from the bride’s parents, or her surname is different from her parents’)
- Where the ceremony is taking place, what day and date, and at what time
- Where the reception is taking place (if different) and at what time – include a postcode for any addresses for SatNat)
- Details of where and to whom to RSVP and when by
Optional but useful information:
- Whether children and ‘plus ones’ are invited
- Gift list or gift requests
- A map showing the church or registry office and reception venue
- Local B&Bs for those travelling from a distance
- Song request cards
- Dress code if there is one
The latest trends
The latest trend is to have one main invitation with inserts. This gives you a lot of scope to include separate cards of information packaged together in a myriad of ways: a standard card, folded in half and tied with a band; a card with the corners folded in to form an envelope or box style; or a triple fold.
We’ve also seen invitations with photos or drawings of the bride and groom on and a concertina fold invitation with the bottom section acting as an ‘RSVP’ card.
And if you have the time and inclination, with all the card-making accessories available nowadays, then it could be rewarding to make your own and to ensure that they are totally unique.
Are you looking for some inspiration? Here you will find ‘more ideas‘
For wedding invitations in Cumbria, visit www.wedinvites.co.uk