Perfect Your Wedding Invitations
Formally inviting your nearest and dearest to your big day is an exciting process, but be careful not to let sloppiness or rushed decisions blot the appearance or, more importantly, the effective communication of the wedding invitations. Choosing the style and form of the invites is undoubtedly the fun part, but don’t get carried away with the creative side and forget the basics of how to produce a clear and functional piece of stationary.
Vital Information For Your Wedding Invites
Firstly make sure you include the three crucial pieces of information: the time, date and venue; your and your fiancé’s names; and the RSVP process. These are the absolute minimum required – do not miss any of them out!
The names of the hosts are almost always present too, traditionally listed before the names of the couple to be wed. Other pieces of important information such as directions; gift information; venue details can be printed on the back, on a separate card or even online if you have a dedicated website.
Keep The Invites Clear
With the crucial information in prime position, you need to make sure it is legible. Overly stylistic or scripted fonts can be problematic for some readers, particularly those with poor eyesight. This does not mean you need to opt for Arial or Helvetica – just choose a font that your grandparents will be able to decipher. As well as the typeface itself, key to legibility is the colours used on the invitation, and primarily the contrast between the background colour and that of the text. Light against dark (and vice versa) works well, whereas dark-on-dark or light-on-light, even using different hues, can lead to a fuzzy appearance and misinterpretations.
Timing Is Everything
Now for the timing. Having already sent the save-the-date’s (six to eight months in advance), you should aim to send the invitations eight to twelve weeks before the big day, depending on the location of the wedding (and of your invitees). Setting the RSVP date at three to four weeks after receipt of the invite gives guests long enough to consider their response, but not so long as to forget to reply, and gives you and your suppliers a decent amount of time to plan once the head count is in.
Check Your Wedding Invitations Thoroughly
Once you have decided on everything – the colour scheme, the typeface, the style, etc. – the last, and possibly the most important, job of all is to check. Everything. Multiple times. And don’t just rely on your own mistake-finding skills. At the least get your partner to scrupulously assess the design, and if you are able to also ask the Maid of Honour, Best Man, Mother, Father, Dog too!
You would be surprised at how many typos can slip through the net when proof reading your own work, so share the responsibility and give yourself every possible chance to spot any mistakes before it’s too late!
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