Ordering Memorable Wedding Invitations

A good wedding invitation can set the right tone for your big day even before it begins. Look right below for the best deals on custom, premium wedding invitations!

Your wedding invitation is your guests’ first peek into your wedding day, so you want to make it shine. Not sure where to begin? We’ve got everything you need to know about this important piece of your stationery right here. Start with shape & size. A 4.5-inch-by-6.25-inch rectangular card is the traditional size and shape for wedding invitations. But couples are channeling more playful or modern vibes with circular, scalloped and square invitations. Don’t forget to consider that veering away from the standard envelope size can increase the postage-bulky or extra-large invites may cost more to send.

Along with listing the location and time of day, the invitation-and, more specifically, its style-hints to the formality of your wedding. You should have an idea of the type of event you’re throwing-classic and elegant, casual and relaxed, or glam and modern-before you start shopping for stationery, so you can choose an invitation style that hits the same note. Then browse stationers’ websites and others couples’ wedding invitations to gather inspiration so you can give your stationer an idea of what you like.

Think about your wedding colors too. You may want to incorporate your hues and a motif into your wedding invitations-and then carry them throughout the rest of your wedding paper for a cohesive look. While ivory, cream or white card stock paired with a black or gold font is the classic choice for formal wedding invitations, you can also brighten your invites with colorful or metallic fonts, paper stock, envelopes and liners. Just keep readability in mind when choosing your colors.

Learn the rules to wording your invitation. Traditionally, whoever is hosting is listed first on the invitation. Customarily, you should spell everything out, including the time of the ceremony. On classic wedding invitations, there’s always a request line after the host’s name-something like “so and so request the honor of your presence.” The wording can change as the hosting situation does, so make sure to double-check you’ve added everyone who should be included.

Before your invitation order is printed, your stationer will send you a proof (either a hard copy or an email attachment of the invite mock-up). Don’t just have your partner and mom read it over. Ask your English major friend or a grammar-savvy bridesmaid to check the proof before you okay it. You’d be surprised at the things you may miss (pay special attention to details like date and time and spelling). Borrow a tip from copy editors and read the proof word for word from right to left so you don’t accidentally gloss over any mistakes.