There are many key factors that it’s essential that you think about when you’re planning your wedding. Aside from the wedding date, the ceremony and reception venues, the theme of the wedding, and the guest list, you will also need to consider the style of the entire event.
Your wedding style influences the theme and colour palette of your big day, and also inspires the design of your bridal gown, and your beautiful personalised wedding invitations and wedding stationery.
With so many different styles of wedding invitations to choose from, it can be overwhelming and daunting to make a final decision that will impact on other elements of your special day.
To simplify the selection process, you need to work out what works best for you. Do you choose traditional wedding invitations to complement a formal wedding? Or do you opt for wedding invites that are modern and innovative?
A Traditional And Formal Wedding
Traditional wedding invitations tend to be elegant, timeless and sophisticated in design and format. Premium quality white, ivory or cream paper and card, embossed and metallic foil detail, and beautiful inky black cursive calligraphy are synonymous with the wedding invitation that is formal and traditional.
If you’re getting wed in a church, chapel or cathedral it’s customary to send your guests wedding invitations in this style.
The Informal Modern Wedding
If you’re planning to get hitched in a ceremony and venue that is informal, you have plenty of options to consider when choosing the various components that will make up your wedding theme. Wedding invitations that are modern and innovative are ideal for an informal wedding.
Show off your personality and creativity by sending your guests unique and stylish wedding invites that offer a tempting teaser of the main event.
Paper Colours, Textures & Details
Although your colour, texture and decorative detail choices may be a little limited, if you’re tying the knot in a traditional style, the quality of the invitation paper is always premium. White, ivory or cream, thick and heavy card or paper is highly recommended for a formal wedding that is luxurious.
Your traditional wedding invitations can be folded, and also feature elegant bevelled edges embellished with metallic silver or gold foil. Antique Roman, Copper Plate and Monotype Corsiva are the preferred fonts for traditional wedding invites. Black cursive writing and engraved printing add the perfect finishing touches.
The innovative wedding invitation, for informal weddings, has unlimited colours, textures and details to choose from. If you’re designed a DIY wedding invitation, it’s cool to choose unusual and striking prints for your high quality paper and card.
The folding of informal wedding invites is often highly creative. It can feature multiple folds and origami detail, or be presented in a quirky pop up design or map-like scroll.
Keep it fresh and modern by selecting a gorgeous background colour of aqua, rose, blush, mint or marigold, that beautifully complements your wedding season. You can go bold and vibrant, or soft and pastel – just about anything goes on an innovative wedding invitation. Embellish your modern wedding invitations with shimmering metallics to make them stand out from the competition.
The packaging of your wedding invitation is important, regardless of whether the invite inside is traditional or modern in style and design. It is the envelope that gives guests the first impression of your wedding, so it’s crucial that you get this right.
It’s customary for the traditional wedding invitation to be presented inside an inner envelope, which is placed within an addressed outer envelope – both made of the highest quality paper/card. All of the components of your wedding invitation package must be perfectly arranged in the correct order – with details face up so that your guest doesn’t have to flip over the invitation to read it.
Innovative wedding invitations that are handmade and modern can be showcased in envelopes that complement the informal wedding style. If you’re planning a rustic wedding, it’s a good idea to select envelopes that are made from sustainably sourced materials, or use recycled paper.
The Surprise Element
To give wedding invitations the wow factor, may couples choose to include a surprise element that will make their guests ‘oooh’ and ‘ah!’
If an informal and modern wedding is your dream, take advantage of the complete freedom that you have to be creative and quirky. Show off your personality and humour by incorporating innovative design in your wedding invites.
Think outside of the box and explore new ways of getting your ideas across. If your wedding invitation is innovative, you don’t have to present it in the usual standard card format. There’s no reason why you can’t send your guests a wedding invitation in a balloon (that they blow up) or a novelty accessory.
A traditional wedding has a set of etiquette rules that limit the choices you have to play with, when you want to include a surprise element to delight your guests. There are however, clever ways to work around some of the etiquette restrictions.
Line your premium quality envelopes with a vibrant and dramatic pop of colour that matches your wedding theme colour palette. To create the illusion of opulence and unrivalled luxury, feature ornately decorative calligraphy script on the wedding invites and/or the envelopes. Show off exquisite attention to detail on the other elements that you include in your wedding invitation package.