Personalizing and Making Your Own Wedding Invitations
Designing your wedding invitations is just as important as selecting your wedding theme. It is the first bit of tangible information that guests will receive announcing your marriage, or perhaps a save-the-date card. This small piece of paper has a big job to do: It needs to set the tone, the look, and the feeling of the event. It's the first glimpse of the celebration to come.
Do you want your guests to open an oversized envelope made from a luscious card stock, hand lettered in calligraphy with details of a formal wedding and black-tie reception? Or do you want to send a handmade envelope with a piece of dried lavender to accompany green card stock with aubergine ink, announcing a morning ceremony followed by a garden reception? Or how about a "Join us in celebration at Tuscany", lovingly embossed on a terra-cotta card wrapped in a piece of fine linen? Or do you want to provide the facts in a simple and understated fashion - the when, the where, the dress code, and the RSVP date - for next Spring's wedding? As you can see, a wedding invitation can and does speak volumes about the ceremony and reception you're planning to have.
Fortunately, you do not have to be confined to sending an engraved note with gold ink on ecru card stock, or with black ink written in formal calligraphy.
The surprising fact is that you can find gorgeous papers and embellishments at specialty paper stores, craft stores and even online. One source I suggest you look into is Paper Direct they have a lot of beautiful papers to print invitations on, they also have response and reception cards, envelope seals and more. Their service is good (I know from experience) and the prices are reasonable.
Especially for budget weddings, this is the perfect opportunity for you to save money, simply purchase the paper you like and use your home computer to print your own wedding invitations. Adding decorative embellishments will represent your style and the formality level of your celebration. You could use handmade specialty papers from India with letterpress printing. You could decorate the card with an embossed seal, a twig, a ribbon, or a rhinestone for some bling. The paper could be custom cut in an overscaled size that matches the elegance of a white-tie ball, or use a card with torn edges rolled into a scroll to convey a country look. You could even design a logo to use on everything from the invitations to the matchbooks that you leave in crystal ashtrays.
The thing that I would really like you to understand is that, you need to dream big! Really big, see and imagine what your dream wedding would be like, then fill in the small details. Identify the defining visuals of your celebration, and then let those images carry onto the design of your save-the-date card, wedding invitations, RSVP card, menu, host card, ceremony program, place card, and even the thank-you note. The paper used, the ink color, the style of the lettering, and even the stamp that will seal the envelope can be creatively directed. Are you going to get married barefoot on a sandy beach, or will you be riding up a mountain in a horse drawn sleigh? Is your wedding seasonally inspired - an Autumn-harvest wedding, a Spring-blossom wedding, a Winter's night in-front-of-the-fireplace wedding? Will you be having a romantic Valentine's Day gala in deep shades of red and shocking pink, or perhaps an all-white minimalist affair?
Once you determine the type of marriage you'll be having, you can then implement the theme into paper, designing beautiful wedding invitations to convey your information on. The etiquette of when to mail your invitations is generally eight to ten weeks, however if you will be inviting friends and family from out of town, they would appreciate your mailing it sooner, especially if it is going to be a destination wedding. Above everything, remember to have fun while creating and designing every aspect of your dream, this is your wedding, make it a special day to remember!