If you have been on Facebook for any length of time, you have probably seen something like this, whether the meme itself or similar situations:
While planning a wedding is a little more involved than selling pie, I am sure you can only imagine the number of questions you will be getting from guests before the big day.
- Where is the wedding?
- What time should I be there?
- I am a fruitarian, what are the food options?
- Can I bring my 5 nieces and nephews under the age of 3?
- When will we be eating?
- Where is the reception?
- But what is the address?
- Who is getting married?
The list goes on, right?
Wouldn’t you like all those questions answered in one handy dandy place? Well, if you take some time to really plan out your invitations – you can!
This is why it is so important to not only design your invitations, but also to really lay out all the information in the right way to guide your guests through all the “frequently asked questions” and information that is unique to your wedding. Over the next few days, I will be sharing some key information about the different pieces of an invitation suite and how they serve as the FAQ section of your wedding.
First up: Your Main Invitation
This is the first thing guests go for when getting that huge, fancy envelope in the mail. It is the first glimpse into your best day ever and should tell the story of your event.
It is the cornerstone of your wedding invitation and it is chock-full of information. And it really is the tipping point for guests to determine if they are coming or not.
This work of art includes some of the key essential pieces of information when it comes to the wedding. It includes the who, where, when and how of your ceremony. Typically, who is hosting the wedding – parents, grandparents, the happy couple, the children, the list goes on is listed on the first line. Whomever is inviting the guests to the wedding (ahem, paying for it) are the people who are inviting the guests to the wedding.
It also includes the MOST important piece of wedding information – who is walking down the aisle! While wedding invitations tend to be a bit formal, it is important for guests to know who is getting married, so be sure to use names that people will recognize as your own. If you name is Marietta but you go by your middle name, Zoe, be sure to use both in the invitation. A few other pieces of information, such as where the ceremony is, what day and time, and generally what type of ceremony it is (for example, religious weddings can use phrases like nuptial mass or unite in holy matrimony.
The important thing to remember when designing your perfect invitation suite is not only what information needs to be on each piece, but how it is all laid out. If you put way too many design elements on your invitation, then you will have to smash all the words into a small tiny corner that Aunt Mildred will not be able to read. Likewise, if you have a very austere design, you don’t want the font to be too big or too small, you want the wording and any graphics to balance within the page.
This is where a designer comes in. A designer will help you not only be sure that all the information gets on the 5×7” invitation (or even have you step up to the wow factor of the 8.5X5.5” invitation) but also ensure that it is easy to understand and well laid out. If you think that you might need a little help in the design aspects of your wedding stationery, go ahead and contact me to see what looking with a designer looks like.
In my next post, I will be sharing tips and tricks on how to manage the response card – how to get your guests to communicate with you in a formalized way to see who is actually coming, and share their dietary needs. Sounds amazing, right? And if you are stuck on picking out the perfect design, check out my previous post. Also take a look at my free guide – Anatomy of the Perfect Wedding Invitation.
📷 Rustic Berry Wedding Invitation | B. Designs Paper