Planning a wedding is one of the most exciting things a couple can do together. There's so much to consider, discuss and get giddy about, from venues to dates, clothing to centerpieces. And we're going to talk about the beauty of the wedding invitation, which is a really important part of the process—it gives everyone the chance to not only save the date, but also join you in your excitement.
But do you go for a modern or traditional design? Here we'll talk you through the benefits of each one, so you can make an educated decision as to what will suit you, your partner and your wedding...
Many couples like to opt for a traditional invitation. This works especially well if it reflects the prospective ceremony—for example, if it's a church wedding with a really traditional feel. These types of invitations are normally white and features include embossed borders, lace-like detailing, embellishments such as pearls and gems, a touch of gold foil, and more.
These effects are usually subtle and understated. This allows for the wording to really stand out. It often flows in a scripted font and matches the tone of the rest of the invite. The same goes for the wording itself—this type of invitation is generally formal and cordial, following traditions from years gone by. Traditional invites can also be made by the couple if they have the time.
Though a wedding is a traditional affair, these days you come across a wide range of modern, quirky and unique ceremonies and parties. For the most part, a more modern invitation will therefore suit the couple and the event more so than a traditional creation. This type of invite is more varied. You could have one that plays with typography, one that represents a favourite hobby, or one that is centred around vellum and a split pin for a tactile option.
There's also a real penchant at the moment for illustrated designs. You can get packs made up like this, with an added personalised touch, at specialist sites such as Photobox. Companies such as these modernize the whole process, as well as the design of the invites themselves; payment online, uploading pictures and scanning the web for inspiration would have been impossible a decade or two ago. Photographs embedded into the creation can be a really lovely extra to a modern aesthetic.
Whether you choose a traditional or modern invitation, make sure it creates a cohesive theme for your whole wedding, because that ties everything together beautifully. It also gives your guests an idea on the overall look of the wedding, which can ultimately help them in choosing an outfit or suitable present. It can reveal a lot about you as a couple.
A wedding day can potentially be the biggest day of a person's life, so it's important to make it as special and memorable as can be.