One of the most important details of your wedding is your invitation set. This little piece of paper can set the tone for your entire wedding, and you want to make sure you choose something that matches your style as a couple. However, your invitation set goes far beyond just your invitations - you’ll need save the date announcements, place cards, thank you cards, and much more! Having them all match is an essential finishing touch for your wedding. Luckily, there are so many amazing invitation boutiques and printing companies out there that can help make sure your invites are absolutely perfect.
Before printing anything else, you will want to make sure you have invitations that you love. A wedding invitation has several important components that it should contain. You will need to include your names, the date and time of the event, and the location of the event. You can then add embellishments, like pictures or a quote, poem, or piece of scripture that you both enjoy.
Save the Date Announcements
Save the Date announcements are smaller than your invitations, and should be sent out well in advance of the invitations, so that your guests can make plans to attend your wedding at the correct time. They should include your names, as well as the date and general location of the wedding, so that guests can make travel plans. It is also a good idea to add the words, ‘formal invitation to follow’ at the bottom. Many couples include their engagement photos on their save the date announcements, but you can add whatever details you would like.
Thank You Cards
Thank You cards are another absolute must for any newlyweds. They can be simple and sweet, with just the words “thank you”, and some photos from your wedding. Order them at the same time you order your invitations and save the dates - then they will be in the same theme, and you will have them ready ahead of time so you won’t have to worry about them when you get back from the honeymoon.
All of your guests will have their own place cards at your reception, so they should be well-made and match your invitations. Adding a small thematic element from your invites (such as the same floral print, for example), can tie everything together.
If you have many people that weren’t able to travel to your wedding, you may want to invest in some wedding announcement cards. These can include a sweet photo from your big day, as well as a note announcing your marriage and saying that you missed their company.
When mailing out your invitations, you’ll likely find that writing out your address over and over can be very tiring and time-consuming. To speed up the process, you can have address labels printed in the same theme as your invites that you can attach to every envelope, or you can get a stamp with your address that you can use.
Templates and Kits
Although creating all of these paper goods for your wedding is a big task, luckily there are many templates and kits available for purchase that will help make it easier and speed up the process.