The Wedding Series…The Invitation Part 1

Ahh, the invitation…

This piece of paper (or booklet, in our case) sets the tone for your entire event. Elegant, laid back, themed? The invitation lets your guests know what to expect when they come to celebrate your union.

Or eat and drink for free. Whatever. You know your friends better than I do…

But the invitation is the first thing people will see when they are introduced to your big day! You don’t necessarily have to have a theme, but use your invitation to let people know what colors your wedding will be, the things you enjoy as a couple, how you like to celebrate, etc, etc.

We had a travel themed wedding. It’s a theme that a lot of people do, but we actually love to travel! I picked the theme and my hubby picked the colors; it was a fall event, so the chocolate and burnt orange worked out perfectly! Since this was the theme for the wedding, we researched passport invitations…it allowed us to put in all of the information that needed to be disseminated and it was lots of fun for our guests…fun like us!

The other issue…the guests themselves. We made the decision to have an adult-only wedding and reception…and to make sure guests didn’t just bring everybody and their cousins…

Before you can send them out, you have to decide who gets the “golden ticket.” Unless you’re loaded, your guest list will affect your budget…

One of the many arguments I had with mom involved inviting people that I didn’t know to witness such an intimate event. I took serious issue with being encouraged to invite someone who used to babysit me when I was 3 years old instead of one of our friends who supported our relationship from the puppy love phase. Harsh? Maybe…but some people would agree with my stance on that one…

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a quick and concise guide

There are certain things that you should and should not do when sending out your invitations. One of my favorite wedding websites, theknot.com, has a wonderful list of invitation etiquette rules to follow.

To save money, we figured out how to skirt those rules just a bit… Planning a wedding in four months doesn’t typically leave room for a lot of spending (or spreading funds out over time.) Depending on the location of the wedding, you will need to give anywhere from 6 weeks to 3 months notice for your guests to get themselves to the event.

1. The passport (booklet):

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Our invitation was one-stop shopping for our guests. We were able to include the actual invitation, with the essential details, add the hotel and reservation information for our out-of-town guests (the wedding was held at this hotel,) and include the information for our wedding website, which included our GIFT REGISTRY! Etiquette rules say that you shouldn’t include your gift registry in your invitation, but letting people know where you website is located is totally PC!

The next post will continue detailing how we designed and executed our invitation/design…

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