So you have set a date and are getting ready for your big day. The next step is to choose what you are going to do for the wedding invitation. Your wedding is a once in a lifetime experience, so you want everything to be perfect.
Choosing the right wedding invitation for your special occasion is an important aspect of the preparations and you want your guests to feel as excited as you about coming to see you as you step out into your new life.
Here are 5 unique ideas for wedding invitations:
1. Fridge Magnet Invite
Nothing is worse than paying the expensive costs for the reception and people not turning up. By the time you know that they are not there, it is too late, as catering has already been paid for and cannot be refunded on the day. One reason why people might not be there is because they have forgotten the date, or have lost the invitation. An invitation that is also a fridge magnet will ensure that they know exactly when and where the wedding is, and because it’s on their fridge they will see it every day and it won’t be lost or forgotten.
2. Music CD
Image Courtesy: Elegant Invites
A custom made music cd and cover with all the favourite songs of you and your partner is a great idea for a wedding invitation. It’s easy to send in the mail and as they listen to it, they will get an idea about the person that is to become a part of their lives and what your relationship means to you both. You can include the wedding song too, so that when it comes on at the reception everyone will remember it and will be ready to enjoy your first dance as a married couple.
3. Photo Book
A custom made photo book is a great way to invite your friends to your wedding. You can put in photographs of your time together and could also include some of you with your special friends and family members so that they feel a part of the day.
After the wedding the guests will be able to keep the book as a memento of your special day and you could even do a follow up book of the wedding to accompany the invitation book. It will be such a unique invitation that they will be as excited about your wedding as you are!
Photo Courtesy: Kristen L
4. Home-Made Invitations
Sometimes we hear about wedding celebrations where the bride does all the preparations on her own and in some cases this can cause her to feel like her fiancé is not as excited as she is about the big day. Home-made invitations are a great idea because they give the occasion a personal touch. Not only will your friends and family be impressed with your creativity but it will give you and your partner something to do together as you prepare for your special day.
5. Photo Frame Invite
Wedding invitations don’t have to be just for that one day. A photo frame wedding invite is a lovely way of inviting your friends and family to your special day and it’s something that they can keep long after the wedding, as a reminder of the occasion. It can be made from cardboard and can include a picture of you and your partner with information of the date and time of the wedding on the back.
Written by Kim Blair:
Kim loves writing, spending time with her two kids, as well as doing DIY art and craft which she sells at local market stalls. She has recently designed some retro-inspired fridge magnets for her sister’s wedding.
Photo Courtesy: Elaine
If there’s one thing that gives couples such a hard time while preparing for their wedding, it is the abundance of choices. Of course it is nice to have options compared to being limited to things that don’t even appeal to your tastes and preferences, but, there are instances when the exhaustive options tend to get rather exhausting. Take for instance choosing the type of wedding invitation; this alone amounts to a wide array of possibilities. From the classic ink on paper, to the less conventional and theme-specific items like coffee cups or even boxes filled with pre-wedding favors – the list goes on and on.
Scrapbook Wedding Invitation
So why don’t we narrow down the prospects and lessen, if not entirely get rid of, pre-matrimonial jitters; scrapbook wedding invitation, anyone?
Your wedding guests are the most important people in your life as a couple, so why not give all of them the lowdown on your love story through a personalized wedding invitation? A scrapbook wedding invitation does this quite well since you can conveniently incorporate several elements to this nifty item such as pictures, vignettes, story sketches, and even romantic correspondences you have shared as a couple. All these elements are enough to communicate to your wedding guests that, as partners, you are both ready to venture into a life of shared dreams, love, and of course, mortgage.
Making a scrapbook is not entirely easy. It requires ample creativity and, yes, patience. Nonetheless, this is something which you as a couple could turn into a fun and engaging project.
First, you will have to decide on a specific theme for the scrapbook. Next, cull the things you wish to include in the final output from all sorts of materials like old pictures, love letters, and the likes. You then have to scan all of these and turn them into electronic files; this will make it easier for you to accomplish the layout. There are many layout tutorials online to help you get through this task, but, if you want a professional look on your scrapbook invite, you can also hire the help of a freelance layout artist.
Here are two finish products you can choose from.
There are two ways to go digital with your scrapbook wedding invitation. One is through the online medium. You could send your friends and loved ones the scrapbook invites via their emails or social networking accounts like Facebook or Twitter. If those are not your cup of tea, you can opt to upload the scrapbook video on YouTube, or set an independent online domain for it, and then send out notes/letters to lead your guests to the website.
Another digital option is the DVD or Blue-ray file which can then be mailed to the guests.
This is not the ideal for penny-pinching couples since printing for multipage-invites can be a bit costly. But if you opt to make it even more special (than it already is), and you are willing to go the extra financial mile for the sake of having that perfect wedding, then this should definitely be your thing. All you have to do is to take your final layout to a printing service provider, order your required copies, and off you go to the post office. Surely, your guests will feel even more endeared to you as a couple having been made privy to your love story.
Left: Cover for a Scrapbook from the 1930s – Photo Courtesy: Karen Horton
Joel Chang is a manager at JAF Gifts - Wedding Centerpieces and more. With almost 5 years of experience in the retail and events management industry, he can usually be found guest blogging about crafts and gift ideas.
Your big day is looming and you want to make sure your wedding invites are unique and stand out from the crowd. There is only one way to ensure this happens and that is by creating your own DIY wedding invites. If you create your own wedding invites it means you can be as creative as you would like and design them to suit your own personality, so they really are one of a kind. In order to do this, you can choose a design and enlist the assistance of another company to produce the wedding invites for you. There are all kinds of wedding stationery to choose from to make your big day even more special and there are many benefits to choosing your own DIY wedding stationery.
Unique Outer Card Design
Above: Two examples of beautiful and personalized DIY cards by The Card Gallery of UK.
The outer card of your wedding invite can have any design you wish on it, whether it be your wedding rings, floral design or any other patterns you desire. You can even individualize them by putting the names of the bride and groom on them, so they really are one of a kind. You can design an outer card which goes with your big day and suits the personality of both the bride and groom. You will know that it has been created just for you and you won’t find a duplicate anywhere else.
Easy To Create
You can choose the design you want and get a company to do the hard work for you, so all you have to do is decide what you would like to be featured on the wedding invites. DIY wedding stationery takes the hassle and time out of creating wedding invites from scratch, so you can get the design you want without any fuss. The only thing you will have to do is write a message on the inside to make it more personal.
We all know that weddings are costly events and any cash you can save when preparing for the big day will always help you out. If you choose to pick out DIY wedding stationery, you can save yourself a lot of money than you would by creating it completely from scratch. If you are on a tight budget, buying some DIY wedding stationery will really help ensure you stretch your purse strings as far as they can go.
DIY wedding stationery will give you more options of designs to choose from, so you can find one which really suits you. You can make your DIY wedding invites as stylish as you would like and get one which is just right for you.
Make sure your big day is extra special by using DIY wedding stationery to get a design which suits you.
If you are planning a wedding in the autumn, a fall wedding, then a lovely way to convey this is to use fall wedding invitations to invite your guests.
Fall wedding invitations will have an autumnal feel to them through the use of colors such as orange, red, yellow and brown color displayed by the trees.
Your fall wedding will take a little planning but it will be well worth it. A fall themed wedding will need to be consistent with every idea involving the reception, stationery and so on having a consistent feel for your autumn wedding.
A clear blue sky and some beautiful birds can help you create a wonderful set of fall wedding invitations. You can either mix up all of the colors of autumn or you can use a single color as a theme for a number of events. (See also affordable wedding invitations and make your own wedding invitations)
There are many items of wedding stationery and wedding favors, invitations and so forth available which can perfectly depict the beautiful autumn season and its wondrous colors.
Your invites can be used at any kind of formal, modern or traditional ceremony. There are so many designs which you can apply to your wedding invitations, especially the shape of the leaves in autumn season which can be used for the invitations paper along with a ribbon of red, brown and orange colors.
Cheap fall wedding invitations
If you are creative then consider the idea of creating your own cheap fall wedding invitations.
Many online shopping portals will guide you step by step through the process of making your own invitations.
Using this method, you can make some savings on your wedding invitations and stationery especially if the list of your guests is a long one. You can either make everything from scratch or you can purchase invitations kits that allow you to put together everything from the stock of templates, fonts and designs.
The internet is a good place to check out with pre-designed blueprints and layouts. A simple search can provide you with a number of ideas regarding the layout, fonts and wording.
You can also write you own invitation wording or choose from some templates of wedding invitation wordings that you will find online and insert it into the layout after choosing the appropriate font.
After the completion of your final design, select the style of papers or card you want your invitations printed on and get some samples to see your own creation in the flesh. Printing samples can save you both time and money as you can modify anything you like and still get the final invitations on time.
Buying a kit can help you in adding more to your fall wedding invitations. You may also get some cards with your wedding invitation kit which you can use for save the date, RSVP or Thank You notes at a later time. Envelopes are also provided with the invitations kits on which you can easily print by yourself.
You can apply the same theme to the fall wedding rehearsal invitations by ordering some blank sheets, additional to the main stock. Everything can be perfectly themed from this point on as you can apply the same colorful design on your wedding favors, gowns, decorations and flowers.
Blank wedding invitations allow you to make your own wedding invitations for your big day.
Many couples, especially brides, dream of a perfect wedding and most importantly one which allows them to have their chosen theme and everything like wedding favors, stationery and so forth the way they want to.
Good bridal or stationery stores should carry a range of blank invitations which you can choose to adapt yourself or use as is. If you use them as they are then you can easily afford a good supply of invitations which will work out at a discount rate and allow you to have all of your wedding stationery matching and consistent.
You might also consider getting some RSVP cards to match your invites and depending on how creative you are you might choose to just order your own card stock and envelopes and print your own invitations.
Extras you might consider include handmade paper, lined envelopes and charms…
If you have a limited budget for your wedding but you still want everything to be as elegant and colorful as possible then blank wedding invitations offer lots of possibilities to personalize your whole wedding planning. See also affordable wedding invitations and wedding planner book..
Blank wedding invitations kits
There are a number of blank wedding invitation kits available which you can find at any party or stationery store as well as online at bigger shopping portals such as Amazon and LoveToKnow.com.
Amazon for example have some really nice traditional ivory style invites which are suitable for printing with laser and inkjet printers. Most kits will have around 25 to 100 invites with mailing envelopes and inside envelopes with liners.
If you are experienced with publishing software and there is a good printer attached with your computer then it’s a matter of few minutes to print both the information and graphics on your wedding invitations.
There are many websites over the internet where you can find free templates which are specially designed for blank wedding invitations to make things simpler for you.
You can use any type of font you want to and there is no limitation in choosing one of the templates to make it easier for you.
Essentially you just have to point and click and choose your theme, font, designs and colors and you will come up with a personalized and unique design within minutes.
There are so many options available for a perfect creation of your invitations such as different shapes, sizes and most importantly, whole lot of colors.
Type of paper
The type of paper you choose will also have a significant impact too and there are loads of paper styles to choose from.
You can use a thin film to print your graphics and information on and then it can be added to a background of any color you like. There is no need to waste both time and money on professional printing when you can do everything yourself.
Many brides like to add many other attractions to their wedding invitations such as laces, dried flowers or ribbons to make them truly unique.
If you are planning a themed wedding then blank wedding invitations is the perfect option for you.
If you are looking to cut down the expenses of your wedding in some areas, then affordable wedding invitations will be on your wedding planning checklist no doubt.
You will be able to find a number of options in the form of affordable wedding invitations where quality and elegance is not the issue but low price or discount invitations are a must.
Making your own wedding stationery and invites is certainly something you should take a look at. There is no reason why your wedding invites can not be of good quality if you opt for the mid-range offerings from the leading suppliers such as Amelie and Letterpress. (See also wedding decorations on a budget and the value of a wedding planner book)
Wedding stationery kits are also a good choice, offering you the nice, elegant modern designs which you can print at home or have printed at a good print shop near your home.
For your dream wedding party you want everything to be just right and, even though you may be compelled to be budget conscious, there is no reason why your affordable wedding invitations should look cheap.
If you are ready to shop for some wedding invitations that fit your budget then make sure that you have enough time to look around and take a good look on the internet.
You should not sacrifice the quality of your invites while looking for cheap invitations because you definitely want to convey the right message to your guests. There are so many options available with a number of companies and printing houses which can easily be accessed online with easy to use platforms and software allowing you to design your own invitations.
To save yourself both time and money, make sure that you order well in time, and sufficient invitations, as there can always be some last minute people to invite who you may not have thought of first time around or perhaps you need some substitutes for those who are unable to attend.
There is a tradition of using pocket-fold wedding invitations where the requirement of embossing the words or pictures is taken off you with good savings. The simpler you will keep the design the less you will have to pay.
Invitations with fancier designs or themes will be heavier on your pocket as you will have to pay both for them alone as well as for sending them out. If you order your invitations with black ink only, it will cost you less than color ink so this is another area where you can make your invites truly affordable and some black and white wedding invitations can look great and classy.
Wedding invitation kit
There is another great option which you can use to save money and that is known as a wedding invitation kit. The papers in the kit are blank from the inside and you can simply use your printer at home to print the information for both wedding and reception on them.
There is also an RSVP card included in the kit which your guests can return which hopefully will assist you with your wedding planning to get the numbers just right.
Check out many of the online wedding stationery websites that you will find online and especially trusted sellers like Amazon. You will also find specialist wedding sites which may be doing discounts with last season’s designs and who are selling them off at a discount.