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The perfect guide to making the best wedding invitation card

Updated on February 19, 2014

Planning the perfect wedding is all about making the right choices. Of course the selection needs to be done after a lot of consideration as the wedding industry has a host of options for aspects like theme, decoration, attire, venue, food and much more. So after you’ve chosen your life partner, the next thing to choose is the perfect wedding card. Well that shouldn’t be so hard,as all you have to do is follow up with a dozen of card vendors, flip through a huge pile of samples, proofread the write up ‘n’ number of times and voila you have the perfect wedding card for you.

Relax, once you know the basics of making the perfect card for your D-day, selection becomes a simple process –

Theme -

Theme based weddings have become a common practice in India and couples like to explore with options from royal wedding to fairyland theme. Most of the time taking a look at the different wedding invitations in the market will give you a clear idea of the theme you can fix for your wedding. Hence, keep an open mind when selecting an invitation, especially if you haven’t decided on the theme and colour scheme yet. Make sure the wedding card expresses your style explicitly. The invitation should give hints to the type of event you are organising.

Price –

Invitation designs can be availed in a range of prices that suit every pocket size. The cost is mostly decided on factors like the quality of paper, the design, complication of the design etc. It is a good idea to get quotes from different vendors and compare them. You can also go online to see the prices offered by e-vendors for similar designs. This will help you bag a reasonable deal for the kind of card you want.

The colour play –

Make sure to incorporate your wedding colours in the card as well. The same colour scheme and design should be on all your cards like engagement, sangeet, cocktails, wedding ceremony and reception so that it gets a cohesive look. White with black or gold fonts is a classic choice that many couples go for, many are stepping out of the stereotype and experimenting with a more vibrant palette. They put to use bright colours like pink, red, lavender, royal blue etc. with metallic fonts, paper stock, envelopes and liners. However, keep readability in mind when choosing your font colours.

Envelopes –

One of the most neglected aspects is the envelope of the invitation. Without an effective packaging the impression you want to make on your guests is lukewarm. Try to contrast the envelope with the card, for example if your card is heavily embellished, then choose a simple envelope. You can also select dual colour envelopes or traditional Indian colours likemaroon, green or gold. Write out the names of the invitees to add a personal touch or hire calligraphers to write them out in style.

Play with shapes and sizes –

Traditionally wedding invitations are created in standard 4.5-inch-by-6.25-inch rectangular cards. However, these days couples prefer to opt for playful and modern size and shapes like the pinwheel, hand fan, circular cards, square invitations, paisley cut etc. Keep in mind that steering away from the usual will have an impact on the cost.

Customization –

Planning to make bespoke cards is the best way to attract your guests and create curiosity for the event. Try and include an element of the wedding in your card. For example if you are planning for a mela theme then select a card that is in the shape of the pinwheel or giant wheel. The more you imagine, the more you’ll enjoy the process. If it’s a royal wedding theme then select the royal hand fan style or maybe you can opt for an invitation box (if your budget permits).

Wordings –

A wedding card should ideally contain details of the event in simple language so as not to create confusion. Hindu wedding cards also include verses from scriptures or shlokas. In case of an inter-caste or inter-faith marriage opt for casual language in the card. Don’t crowd the card with too much information. You can have details of different functions listed on separate leaflets in the card. By having details of different functions on separate leaflets you can easily categorise the guests you want for each event. For example if you only want to invite a certain group of people to the cocktail party then you can include the cocktail leaflet in their invitation set and exclude the same from the others.

Proofreading –

Insist on getting a sample of the card you have finalised. Then go over it again and again. Proofreading is a tedious process and minor details can skip your eyes in the first look. Hence, don’t just have your family and your partner read it, also ask friends or even colleagues to check it for spelling or silly grammatical errors. Even a small error caught by your guests can put you in an embarrassing position.

Start early -

If you want to avoid the hotchpotch of card selection, finalizing, sampling and proof reading all in a short time frame, then start early. Honestly, all this work cannot be squeezed in a week. Also, you need to give your guests a decent time frame to turn in the RSVPs. So you need to ideally start around 7-8 months before your wedding. Take your time to finalise the theme, card, colour scheme and design. Patiently proofread the sample and order your vendor to print the lot maximum six to five months before your wedding. In case you are planning for a destination wedding then send out the invites a little before 5-6 months of the event.

Order Extra –

Even if you’ve made a fair list of the guests you need to invite to the event, there are chances you could have missed out a few. Hence, it is always a good idea to print a few extra. In the course of inviting if you recollect some guests you’ve missed these extras will come in handy. Also, it is an expensive affair to go back and print a few more.

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      Nilesh Parekh 3 years ago from India

      Thanks. :)

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      Wedding Planner 3 years ago

      Good write ups.