When my friend Christy decided to tie the knot with her high-school sweetheart Brad, they both knew they wanted a small and elegant wedding. They didn't want anything too fancy! No ice sculptures, no million-dollar venue, no gourmet menu- just a small simple, no frills wedding! They even made the invitations at home. Most of the RSVP responses that came back mentioned how lovely it was to see the old-fashioned handmade wedding invitations!
Wedding invitations whether handmade or ready-made should be warm, simple, and welcoming. Making your own invitation costs less, look great, and most of all, they are completely original! Here are all the things you need to consider while making you own wedding invitations. First of all you need to have a clear picture of how you want them to be- simple cards, accessorized cards, or out-of-the-box invitations.
Well the wedding card layout includes the entire design of the card. Remember that you need to have a very specific vision before you get started on making the cards. You want to be sure about the color, the shape, the envelopes, and most importantly the content of the card. Make sure you sit and finalize every single element of the card in order to avoid any arguments after the cards are ready. Remember that only when you have finalized all the details of the cards, including the number of the cards and the guest list, can you start the process of making them.
Choosing the Right Paper
If you want to make simple cards, you need to get started with the colors and the paper texture that you will need. Make sure you get a paper that is firm enough and yet not as thick as a cardboard. You can even opt for handmade, fragrant papers that make the invitation extra special. You should always use a sharp paper cutter, and cut the paper in bunches in order to maintain uniformity to the invitations. Buy sheets of paper, which are suitable for writing with respect to the texture as well as the color of the paper.
Card Shapes and Envelopes
Wedding cards can be of any shape that you want. Although traditionally used shapes like rectangle and square might seem conventional and elegant, there are always couples that want to bring in an element of innovation into their wedding cards. If you want to add a bit of novelty to your cards, try those that are shaped like the wedding cake, the bride and groom silhouette, or even wedding bells. Try to make the envelopes a bit innovative as well.
The invitation needs to have a crisp and precise content. First and most importantly, it should clearly mention the details of the wedding ceremony, like the wedding date, venue, and the timing. In addition to this, you might also want to add directions to the venue in the form of a small map. An extra card for the guests to respond back and confirm their presence (RSVP) should also be included. Once you have mentioned these details you can add a small poem verse or a wedding quote to make the message special. However, make sure that you don't try to stuff too much content into a small space so that the invitation doesn't seem cluttered.
Printed Text or Calligraphy
As for the writing part of the invitations, you can use conventional screen-printing techniques or use the good old computer for printing out the content. Printing is a preferred option because it brings uniformity to the font, and hence makes the invitation look elegant. However, if you or any of your family members/friends are well versed with the art of calligraphy, you can always get the messages hand-written in a beautiful calligraphic script!
Once all these things are in place, it is time to show some creativity and add a sprinkling of decorations to the card. Accessorize your card with some glitter, artificial flowers, miniature wedding bells, satin laces, and pretty bows. Make sure that the decorations suit the color of the card. Also make sure that you don't get carried away with the decorations so much that the decorations overshadow the content of the invitation. Keep it simple and elegant!
If you find that you want an easier way out, then there are a large number of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) wedding invitation kits, which will help you with the process. No matter what you do, remember that weddings are matters of the heart, and hence send out every invitation with a genuine and warm feeling. Invite loved ones to be a part of this beautiful day to make it truly memorable and special!