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The Big Questions about Wedding Invitations Etiquette Answered

A wedding invitation can be extended in a number of different ways--by word of mouth, telephone, email or traditional written invitation. Typically, wedding invitation etiquette requires that you make sure that guests know the who, what, when, and where of the event. In addition, your wedding invitations convey the formality and tone of your event through the weight and design of the wedding stationery and font style-naturally, the more formal your wedding, the more formal the invitation.

If you're looking for wedding invitation ideas and guidelines for the proper etiquette for wedding invitations, Wedding Paper Divas has assembled an abundance of useful information for you. A variety of topics covering everything from wedding invitation etiquette to wedding invitation ideas are all here for you. We answer all or your etiquette for wedding invitations questions and more.

With numerous options for wedding stationery, you really have a lot of control over how much you spend and what you spend on. Options include but are not limited to high-end, custom designed, sets complete with every enclosure you can think of and costing upwards of $25.00 a piece, to homemade invitations for just a few dollars. And even for these choices, you have various choices for enclosures, paper types and stock, printing, ink types and colors, embellishments, envelopes, and on and on. But for most couples, wedding invitations will range from $5.00 to $10.00 for a single set which includes the invitation, a response card, and the envelopes. When determining the budget for wedding stationery, you should first have an idea of the impression you hope to make. You can figure this out by asking yourself some key questions./

How Large is the Wedding?

The actual physical size of the wedding or bridal shower invitation can make a statement too. If you're having a small ceremony, you might want to consider using smaller, hand written, or calligraphed invitations to set the tone for an intimate evening. A bigger, more extravagant wedding might be better represented with larger, grander stationery.

Is the Ceremony and Reception Formal or Informal?

If the occasion is a formal affair, you probably should not go too wild with colors and embellishments. Traditional wedding invitations are printed in black ink on white, ecru, or ivory cardstock to match the bride's wedding dress. And although you don't have to stick to those exact standards, classic is the way to go for most formal occasions, and you don't want to confuse your guests by asking them to attend in black tie with an invitation printed on polka dotted paper.

Is the Celebration Modern or Traditional?

Is your personal style more modern, or do you prefer the traditional? Contemporary styling includes things like square instead of rectangular invitations, rounded corners, or having the text aligned left or right instead of center. Contemporary fonts and mixing fonts also changes the look of your wedding stationery.

Is There a Theme for the Wedding?

Wedding invitations and stationery are a great place to incorporate your theme. If you're holding a beach wedding, choose a seashell motif to be printed on everything from save-the-date to thank-you notes. Choosing a special font to complement the theme is subtle, but effective. Another simple idea is to reiterate the color theme in your invitations.

What Season is the Wedding?

For seasonal invitations, choose deeper colors for winter weddings, and save the pastels for spring and summer parties.

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