Your words, the quality of paper stock and the font you choose will al reflect the spirit of your special day, so before you set off on the paper trail make sure you are clear about the way you want to present yourself and your wedding to you guests.

The invitations typically need to be sent out at least two months before your wedding, so you should give yourself at least six months before the wedding date to start shopping around.

If choosing the design and style of your invites is taking more time than you originally though, an electronic save-the-date notice sent via email or your social media network is a great way of getting the news out before you send the actual hard copies.


Remember to think broadly, as you may want your menus, seating plans,

place settings, thank you cards and ceremony booklets to match your invites.



Invitations: Scrapbook Secrets. Picture: Rob Duncan


In terms of choosing your invitation style, think about any colours or themes you have chosen for your wedding and try and incorporate them into your invites. If you are planning an extravagant wedding, your invitations should match in its formality and lavishness.

An informal wedding can be signaled with a simpler invitation, perhaps with come colourful hand-drawn artwork, fun fonts and a joke or pun.

If you are still not sure where to begin, there is a great range of professional invitation companies who would only be too happy to working with you to create the perfect range of stationery and they will be able to come up with some individual design ideas and practical techniques suited to your needs.

If you decide to create your own invitations, stationery shops are stocked with a dazzling array of papers embellishments and envelopes. The invites you can create are limited only by your imagination and many stores can show you examples or help you to pick the best supplies to create your invitations.


Wedding Invitations. Picture: Whirligig Designs


What you write on your invites is entirely up to you, but keeping it simple is often the best way to go. You might also consider including a small map if you think your location might be tricky for your guests to find.


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