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Creative Way to Design Exclusive Wedding Invitation

Parts of a Wedding Invitation

If you are going for a contemporary style, anything goes – from fun and fanciful to chic and stylish, you are limited only by your own creativity. If you are going for the traditional from however, here are a few things to include:

 

  • Inner & outer envelopes

The outer envelope bears the stamp and address of your guest (it should contain the return address in case your invitation fails to reach the intended recipient) while the inner envelope encloses the names of those you are inviting.

Tips: Even if you are going for the non-traditional manner, it is still a good idea to have an inner and outer envelope so that if the latter gets damaged or soiled in the mailing process, the former stays unblemished.

 

  • RSVP cards

Also known as response cards, they allow your guests to inform whether or not they will be attending your wedding and if so, how many guests they will be bringing. RSVP cards are normally accompanied by pre-stamped and addressed envelopes to encourage your guests to send them back.

If a guest has not replied 2 weeks before the wedding, it would be a good idea call him up and confirm his attendance. RSVP cards are a small expense, considering that they let you make any necessary changes to catering or seating early in the stage.

 

  • Save The Date cards

With the hectic pace of the society, it becomes increasingly important to give your guests as much notice as possible. Save The Date cards are not part of the actual invitation and are sent out at least 3 months prior to the wedding. They are normally sent to guests who live overseas and may be essential to the planning for flights or taking time off from work.

 

  • Invitation cards

Containing the time, date and venue of the special occasion, they are traditionally printed on a 6”x4” or 7”x5” stiff, smooth card.

 

  • Map cards

Containing a map with directions to your wedding venue, they are printed as a courtesy to guests who may not be familiar with the area.

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Simple Ways to Prepare your Wedding Card

Your wedding day is going to be one of the most important days in your life and as such, your wedding card is going to be the most important invitation that you will ever send out. Choosing wedding invitations can be a daunting task, what with the myriad of stationary, designs and printing options available. The first chance to introduce the setting, theme and flavour of the wedding to your guests, the card should also reflect your personalities.

Printing Options

  • Engraving: This is the most traditional, formal and expensive style of print that gives off a classic feel. The design is pressed through the paper so that it can be felt at the back of the sheet.
  • Embossing: A metal plate is stamped onto the paper to leave the imprints of the design. Used to accentuate invitations with motifs, monograms and borders with a 3-dimensional effect, embossing is expensive and takes about 3-4 weeks to be ready. Another method is the thermography, which leaves a shiny and glossy finish to the raised letterings.
  • Lithography: Also knows as offset or flat printing, lithography is the most commonly used yet less expensive style of printing. It involves printing letterings with ink and does not produce a raised or pressed-through finish.
  • Digital Printing: Providing high resolution and lifelike images, this is the least expensive printing option and is most suitable for smooth or lightly textured paper.
  • Calligraphy: Commonly used for names and addresses on the inner and outer envelopes, it makes the invitation feel more traditional and adds a personal and elegant touch.

 

Mailing Out the Cards

Mailing out your invitations may seem an easy errand but there are several things you should take note of to make sure they arrive safely in the hands of your guests.

  • Weddings invitations should be mailed 4-6 weeks before the wedding.
  • RSVP cards should be sent out at least 3 months before the wedding.
  • Have an invitation card weighed at the post office so that you will know exactly how much postage the overall package will cost.
  • If you invitation uses stiff or textured cards or has an irregular shape, use non-standard mail instead of standard mail. Standard mail is processed by machines and your cards may get damaged in the process.

 

Saving Money on Wedding Invitations

If you are on a tight budget or looking at making allowances for other expenses, there are several ways to save on the invites.

  • Choose simple designs. If you must have an elaborate design, then balance out the cost by choosing less expensive paper.
  • Place orders well in advance as last minute orders can incur a higher cost.
  • Create your own invitations. This is a great chance to put your skills to use. There are countless DIY wedding invitation kits available which include all the necessary stationary such as paper, ribbons, stamps and seals.
  • Send email notifications instead of cards.
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Country Style

Time trickles slowly in the charming countryside of somewhere both of you fall in love with. Everyone is enjoying a quiet moment of your nuptial celebration whereas a bouquet which like a spray of soft purple callas and lime green dendrobiums with light-catching silver wire wandering aimlessly around the blooms.

The flower girl is holding some yellow gold mokaras with a few twigs of lavender, a favourite flower of the bride’s. Everything seems to be simple yet elegant and romantic.

 

 

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White Wedding

It is a dreamy walk in the clouds. A plethora of white flowers of different varieties selected for their shapes and silhouettes to conjure “a match made in heaven”.

White roses, hydrangeas and Phalaenopsis orchids can be set in tall clear vases rise to the occasion on the guest tables. Mirrors can be used on the tables to enhance the effect if you would mind to add it.

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Bring In The Garden

Inside every woman’s heart, there lives a little who dreams of a rustic garden wedding.

The Inspiration

A homely garden setting accented with incandescent crystal wares and chandeliers.

 

Creating the Theme

It is a juxtaposition of antiquated feel and refreshing country ambience, using bundles of flowers with a tinge of ashy finishing and a medley of items that date back to the bygone days.

The dessert area is fashioned after an English maiden’s vanity table with a vintage-inspired oval mirror, toothsome pastries and adorable tiny heart-shaped chocolates. The lofty presence of a glass chandelier next to the “vanity table” exudes an air of aristocracy.

Break the ice in the room full of near strangers by encouraging your guests to take a stroll in your “homely garden” with visually enticing themed set-ups.

In one corner of the hall, a display shelf is placed to create the look of a home. Items that reflect the couple’s likes, love story and hopes for the future are categorised and arranged on the rack.

Guest tables are glamorised with crystals glassed and sweetened with light lacy tablecloths and granny’s knitted table runners. The floral tableau is subtly enhanced by a modest, chest-level botanical centrepiece, a setting that facilitates unobstructed conversations.

Flowers effortlessly add colours and style to any room. Some couples are not fans of artificial flowers as they feel that fresh is the best. But to create this ethereal mood, ashy fake posies are a choice above their fresh counterparts and you can be rest assured that no browning petal will spoil the picture.

 

Doing it Yourself

This theme is not about boldness and grandeur, but the little thoughts and things that your guests can hold in their hands and go “aww.”

Pepper the function hall with small props and interesting talking pieces such as an old typewriter and cute mini candy boxes.

The wedding favours can also be mini and related to things you can spot in garden. Some ideas include love dove card holders and butterfly chocolates.

To excite your guests further, rent a swing, dress it up with flowers, and there you have it: a romantic prop for photo-taking.

If you fancy a more casual picnic style dinner setting, simple use gingham tablecloths or placements on the guest tables to completely transform the atmosphere.