Wedding invitations are your first chance to impress your guests and let them feel the atmosphere of your upcoming holiday. But in the pursuit of beauty, it is important not to forget about their main mission: to convey important information to guests. In this article Chanfashion collected the main mistakes when creating wedding invitations and tips on how to avoid them.
Even the most beautiful idea with ornate calligraphy can be spoiled by banal mistakes or typos. To avoid such an oversight, carefully reread the text of the invitations before sending them to a printer or an invitation maker. To be sure, run the text through a literacy check service — this will save you from missing typos due to a blurred eye.
In addition, it is very important to avoid factual errors. With special care, check the time, addresses and, of course, the names of the recipients 🙂
Too much information
Don’t use invitations as a detailed guide to your wedding day. The more information on your wedding invitation, the higher the chance that the most important thing will be lost and forgotten by the guests.
If you still want to put a detailed schedule and other details that you consider very important into the envelope, then divide the clues into several different sheets. The first is the invitation itself with the date, address, time of gathering and warm words to the guests. The second sheet is a detailed timing with the beginning of the gathering, the ceremony, the gala dinner, the cutting of the cake and the finale of the wedding. Additionally, you can put a card with the colors of the dress code in the envelope and a sheet for a response letter, where guests will indicate whether they can attend, what their food and drink preferences are (if necessary for compiling the menu) and whether +1 will be with them.
Insufficient information in the invitation
The other extreme, which will be a mistake, is the lack of necessary information on wedding invitations. Before approving the design, check that all important points are on the invitation layout:
- Restaurant address
- Meeting time for guests
- Special requests. For example, dress code, gift wishes (if you want to ask guests to replace gifts with money).
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In pursuit of beautiful invitations, we must not forget about the convenience of the recipients — that is, your guests. Both calligraphy and printed fonts should be readable so that guests don’t have to peer and wonder for a long time what this insanely beautiful, but completely incomprehensible text means 🙂
Readability is also affected by the contrast of the text color compared to the background color. As you know, white on light beige, crimson on yellow or black on emerald will be difficult to read. A small life hack: if you have chosen invitations on transparent acrylic with light text, then the envelope itself should be dark — so guests can easily read the inscriptions by simply attaching the plate to the envelope.
Too late to send invitations
It is best to send invitations to guests 2–3 months before the wedding. We understand that in the hustle and bustle of preparation, this can completely slip out of your head, but it is very important to notify everyone in advance. If you are late, then there is a high probability that many will have to urgently change their plans and schedules for the sake of your holiday, and this is not very good in relation to guests. You don’t want someone close to you to refuse because of pre-purchased vouchers or a planned business trip?
To avoid an unpleasant situation, send your wedding invitations on time.
Lots of flowers and decor
There are so many different design ideas on Pinterest, how do you choose just a couple? I want watercolor, and calligraphy on transparent acrylic, and geometric patterns, and trendy minimalism. And stick a sprig of dried flowers on the envelope 🙂
To keep your wedding invitations from looking like a catalog of trends in decor and decoration, strike a clear balance. It is very important not to overdo it, because the very essence is lost behind the enumeration of decorations — important information that guests should receive. In addition, an explicit enumeration will not look beautiful, and all elements will simply mix with each other.
They don’t look like invitations.
In pursuit of creativity, you can run too far 🙂 In order not to drive guests into a dead end, make invitations such that they do not need additional instructions for decoding. Even the most slow-witted of those invited should easily find the date, address and start time of the holiday, otherwise there is little sense in such creativity.
Unusual ideas are great, but it’s important not to overdo it and remember the original goal — to invite loved ones to celebrate your big day together.
Don’t control guest responses
Often, an additional card is included in the envelope with the wedding invitation for a return reply. So the guest must confirm that he will attend the wedding, and indicate additional details — whether he needs +1, for example. If you don’t want the hassle with mail, you can leave a card with a request to answer you about your decision in instant messengers or by phone 🙂 It is also important to write how soon you expect an answer. It is better to specify a clear date, otherwise guests may forget to send confirmation.
If someone does not answer for a long time, then you should call and find out the reason — perhaps the guests simply forgot to answer or their message was lost. This task can be entrusted to the bridesmaids or the organizer.
Incorrect number of invitations and envelopes
Remember that the number of wedding invitations may not equal the number of guests. Most often, some categories of guests receive one invitation for several people at once — for example, couples or spouses. In order not to be mistaken and to make the calculations correctly, take the complete list of guests and group the guests by couples or families. If you are going to print wedding invitations in a printing house and sign by hand, then add about 20% more spare invitations to the resulting number: it is quite possible that you accidentally spoil a few cards when signing, and some may come with a marriage — you and replace with spares. The same applies to envelopes for wedding invitations, it is also better to order them with a margin, since it is expensive to reprint something at a printing house.
Invitations do not match the style of the wedding
If the theater begins with a hanger, then for guests a wedding starts with invitations. This is your chance, thanks to one envelope, to immerse the guests in the atmosphere of your holiday and give them the first idea of what awaits them. Admit it: an elegant invitation in a velvet envelope with a gold tassel and calligraphy is not what you expect from a bright crimson card with a geometric pattern and a cartoon-style newlyweds.
So that guests do not have dissonance, try to maintain the chosen style and color scheme in wedding invitations.