There aren’t too many times in your life when you send out something that more people are going to look at and read than with your wedding invitations. You send them out to friends both old and new, family and even co-workers (who you actually like enough to invite). So, with this being said, one thing that I feel is very important when preparing to send out your wedding invites is that you make sure that they are not only creatively designed, but that they are designed specifically with you (as a couple) in mind. There’s nothing worse than a traditional, boring and ‘seen it a million times’ wedding invitation showing up in your mailbox and thinking how much better they could of been.
Now, I might be exaggerating a little bit here, but I’m only doing so due to the fact that I am a very creative man who just happened to get married to a very creative woman and the one thing that we wanted to make sure of was that we had really fun wedding invitation designs that would clearly show how much we truly love each another and how goofy we can be. It’s one of the main reasons why we get along so well, so of course it was something that we didn’t want to leave out when putting together our invitations.
One thing to remember is that your wedding invitations aren’t the only thing that you need to be creative with. Your save the dates should be something that you spend some time putting together, too. Honestly, I feel like with save the dates you can almost get even crazier with them and the really great thing is that no matter how crazy you get with it, your grandma is still going to have to put it on her refrigerator for a few months. Lets face it, that’s what grandmas do (and i’s why we love them!).
If you’re looking for some details on how you can kick your wedding invitation designs up a notch, here are a few suggestions from a guy who has been there, done that.
Awesome Invitations Doesn’t Mean Expensive Invitations
When Stephanie and I were looking at different options for our wedding invitations we were totally blown away at how much you could spend on a couple hundred invitations if you wanted to go crazy. If you wanted to spend $10 an invitation you could do it easily, no problem. One thing that I would suggest is to skip the crazy calligraphy and thick, gold leafed invitations and go with a more economical and creative option like a 4×6 postcard or something similar. This is going to require a little bit of designing on your end (or by one of your artsy friends), but in the end it will be worth it and it will be a much more personal (and economical) option for your invites.
People Love Pictures!
One thing that we were big on was using lots of pictures on both our save the dates and our wedding invitations. For some reason most people skip out on using pictures in their wedding invitation design, but I would say go for it — the more photos the better. The one thing you need to make sure of is that you get all of the basic information that you need to communicate to all of your potential guests (I mean, that is the point of these things). But, besides that have some fun with them and do what you want — it’s your wedding, right?
Provide A Website For More Information
Stephanie and I have written a blog together for over two years now, which I’m sure that most people who were coming to my wedding would find entertaining as well as informative. So, on our invitations we decided to provide a URL to our blog so that all of our friends and family could check it out for up-to-date wedding information and other interesting stuff that Stephanie and I have been up to since they last talked to us. It’s a lot of fun to keep a blog up and running, if not only for history’s sake, so if you start one or already have one set up, don’t forget to add it to your wedding invites so that your potential guests can check it out.