One of my favorite wedding planning resources is Emily Post’s Etiquette: Manners for a New World. I’ve had the book for a few years, but I found it particularly helpful when I got engaged. There are tips for navigating all sorts of wedding situations, including an entire chapter on invitations and announcements.
According to Emily Post, there are two types of wedding invitations: formal and contemporary. Formal invitations are engraved on a cream or white paper. They’re written in the third person and use minimal punctuation and abbreviations. Formal invitations are classic; I can see why many brides choose them. But my wedding has a more contemporary feel. I’m getting married in a modern downtown event space rather than a church or a country club. I decided to go with contemporary invitations to fit that vibe.
I’m lucky that my matron of honor, Nicole, is a graphic designer who offered to create my invitations. She incorporated my wedding colors with a subtle watercolor background. Instead of a conservative typeface like script or Roman serif, she combined two modern fonts. I’m thrilled with the result.
To keep things simple, I opted for an invitation and an RSVP postcard. I skipped enclosures such as the directions card and the accommodations card. Instead, I directed guests to my wedding website for details. It was a cost-effective solution that fit my style and my budget.
Brides have a range of invitation options, from traditional to contemporary and digital. Think about the vibe of your wedding and choose invitations that will reflect it.
- Before you print your invitations, send the files to USPS Mailpiece Design for review. I got an e-mail response in less than 24 hours. The analyst gave me helpful recommendations, such as adjusting the address placement on my RSVP card so USPS automated equipment could read it easily.
- Check and double-check guest names, social titles and addresses. I didn’t anticipate many changes since I sent save-the-dates in November. Wrong! I discovered that some guests moved, or their relationship status changed.
- Weigh your printed invitations to see what type of postage they’ll need. Generally, you can get away with standard postage if your invitations are an ounce or less. But invitations could easily weigh more depending on the number of enclosures you have.
To learn more, read this post from Mpls.St.Paul Weddings editor Emily Howald Sefton. In it, she breaks down the anatomy of an invitation.