I’m probably one of the most bias people on earth in regards to this subject. Should you send out your wedding invitations via the internet? NO! I know it may sound like a good idea, but it can cause more trouble than it’s worth. Just listen to what my etiquette bible (Emily Post’s Etiquette, 18th Edition) has to say on the subject…
They sound so practical, thrifty and green–and they are. If those were the only criteria for sending electronic wedding invitations, they’d be used by more couples. If you’re intriqued by the concept, consider these points:
- Do all your guests use email and check it regularly? This may be the case for your younger guests, but not for yout Great-Aunt Sadie. Some services also require Internet access to view and respond to the invitation. You may end up having to print some invitations and mail them, which could cut down on the convenience factor.
- Will it get delivered? While posted snail mail has been known to go astray, emails can fall victim to misspelled addresses and spam blockers.
- Is it personal and special enough? A wedding invitation is one of the most personal invitations issued, and an electronic version may not convey that sentiment. Its ephemeral nature doesn’t give it keepsake status.
- Will it make responding easier or more timely? Not necessarily. The good guest will respond right away, no matter how the invitation is issued. Butt for the rest of the world, unless you set up reminders (and don’t set them for two days before the wedding!) once the email notice falls below the screen, it may be out of sight, out of mind. Follow-up phone calls are likely.
One of my favorite wedding trends is including an illustration of the bride and groom on the invitations. It really doesn’t get more personalized than that! Check out these adorable invitations featuring the happy couples!
Designed by: Valentina from CUTandPASTE
Designed by: Anna from Rifle Paper Co.
Designed by: Kathleen
As some of you may know, back in the day, invitations were generally engraved in black ink on white paper…
Found on: Crane & Co.
Oh, the times they are a changin’! The color spectrum on invitations has expanded exponentially. Not to mention that I used to think that you had to stick to 2, maybe 3, colors for your wedding, but these exquisite invitations have proved me wrong!
Found on: Hitched
Invitations by: Printable Girl
Found on: OneWed
Found on: Anthologie Press
Found on: Magpie Paper Works
Created by: Lauren at The Creative Parasol
Found on: BerinMade
Designed by: Katie Fischer Design
Created by: Night Owl Paper Goods
A lot of couples are going back to nature with their wedding invitations. Incorporating an earthy element has become a fashionable trend. Check out these fabulous wedding invitations I found on Oh So Beautiful Paper.
Created and Photographed By: Christine and Ian
I get asked this question all the time… Do I have to invite my co-workers to my wedding. Thanks to the Emily Post blog, Etiquette Daily, we have our answer:
Q: How do you handle co-workers on a job who anticipate receiving an invitation to attend your wedding when they are only offered to attend your bridal shower? If you have coworkers attend a bridal shower, should they also be invited to the wedding?
A: If an office group gives a shower for a bride-to-be, it does not mean at all that she must then invite everyone to the wedding. The office shower takes the place of any other wedding celebration for co-workers who want to celebrate such a happy event. The only office co-workers who you might invite to your wedding would be those who are also personal friends outside the work place.
It’s not something that a lot of couples choose, but die cut invitations can definitely set your invites appart from all others. It’s that special touch that can make good invitations great invitations!
Check out these examples that I found on Invitation Crush.
Created by: Honey Bee Invites
Created by: Dauphine Press
Created by: Smitten on Paper
And I had to share this super cute invite suite I found on Spark.
I am in love with these Palm Springs inspired wedding invitations designed by Arley-Rose and Morgan of Ladyfingers Letterpress. Not only are the colors beautiful together…
…but the die cut layers give this invitation set a fantastic desert landscape feel.
Often overlooked, blind debossing could be one of my favorite letterpress techniques. The process is the same as your standard letterpress printing minus the use of ink. The result is a delicate design that can be seen and of course felt. Here are a few beautiful examples…
Created by: Michael from Czar Press
Created by: Sarah Rusin Graphic Design
Created by: Kate Holgate
Created by: Megan of Ruby the Fox
Created by: Tara from Ink + Wit
Created by: Sarah at Parrott Design Studio
Created by: Jackie at 42 Pressed
Created by: Parrott Design Studio
Designed and printed by: Ali Crouch of Lowercase a Design Studio
This dilemma seems to come up a lot (even at our wedding). Thanks to the Emily Post blog, Etiquette Daily, we have our answer…
Q: What is the proper seating at the church and reception for a wedding with one set of parents divorced? The groom’s parents are a couple and the bride’s parents are divorces, both with other partners.
A: When parents are divorced, the mother of the bride or groom most usually is seated in the front row or pew either alone or with her spouse or a companion of her choice. Members of her immediate family are seated behind her, and the father is seated three or so rows back with his spouse, alone, or with a companion of his choice. At the reception, divorced parents are not seated at the same table. Rather each “hosts” his or her own table of friends/relatives. Divorced parents should not be treated as a couple, including in photographs. It is fine for the bride to have a picture taken with her father alone, and her father and stepmother, if he is remarried; and another with her mother alone, and her mother and stepfather, if she is remarried. But, if the bride feels that she would like to have a photograph with both of her birth parents together for sentimental reasons, this is also perfectly acceptable.
Photo by: Brand Photodesign
Each year I see a major trend in wedding colors. You can see for yourself in the My Creations tab on my site. Here are a handful of my favorite trending color combos…