Wedding invitations should do more than just invite your guests to your special day, they should show off a couples personality and style. Your wedding invitations should include the necessities such as the names of the bride and groom, the names of the persons hosting the event, and the time, date and location of the event. With the rise in popularity of personalized wedding invitations it is easy to include all these elements and create a unique one of a kind wedding invitation to represent the bride and groom. Here are some of the ways you can vary the design of your wedding invitations to come up with your own unique wedding invitations.
Papers, Ribbons and Embellishments
In the past, there were very few options in terms of the types of papers used to create wedding invitations. The standard type of paper used was a white or cream cardstock and customizing your wedding invitations meant varying the print on the stock. In recent years, there has been a surge of new and exciting papers to hit the market including coloured metallic, velvet, pearl, rice and silk papers, Japanese papers and other handmade or recyclable papers. This increase in the selection of papers has made it easy for brides and grooms to personalize their wedding invitations according to colour and theme. For a bolder statement couples may opt for brighter contrasting colours and this creates a more casual chic and contemporary feel for their wedding day. Others may use more traditional neutral colours of papers that have more texture or sheen for a special touch.
There are also been a number of embellishments that have come on the market that are readily available and affordable to purchase that can be used to help personalize your wedding invitations. Many wedding invitation companies are combining beautiful papers with ribbons and other embellishments such as rhinestones, pearls, brooches and buckles. These types of embellishments can help set the tone for your wedding day whether it be a formal high end brooch or a fun and festive palm tree charm.
Shapes, Sizes, and Pocketfolds
Another way to customize your wedding invitations is to vary the shape, size or configuration of your wedding invitations. Your wedding invitation designer can help give you advice on the best combination for the look you are trying to achieve. For a grander type of affair you can use a beautiful large square shaped invitation. For a more contemporary look try a tea length invitation. For added dimension many brides and grooms are choosing to send out pocketfolders. These types of wedding invitations also can vary in size and shape and help to hold any additional inserts such as envelopes and map cards. When choosing your wedding invitation company make sure to select a company that creates it own pocketfolders in house so that they can customize the shape and number of pockets or flaps you may need for your invitations. This is especially helpful if you are interested in sending bilingual wedding invitations.
Print Methods, Graphics and Monograms
There are a few different types of print that you can use for your wedding invitations. Flat coloured print is quite popular because you can use multiple colours in combination and include watermarks and graphics to help personalize your wedding invitations. For a more traditional look, you may decide on thermography print where the lettering is raised on the paper or letterpress where the lettering is pressed into the paper. However, with these methods of print it may be more costly and more difficult to customize the layout of the invitations by adding images, graphics or multiple colours.
For a more detailed look try incorporation a damask pattern print or a scroll ornament as a watermark. These types of elements used in combination with a custom monogram will increase the level of sophistication of your wedding invitations. If you are having a destination wedding you can create a completely customized wedding invitation by printing your invitation to look like a passport or boarding pass. Ask your wedding invitation company to contribute as many creative ideas as possible and work with you to create a design that will show off your wedding style.