There are many types of wedding invitations that can be used when inviting people to you wedding. The choices can be overwhelming but when keeping with the theme of the wedding, the choices can be dwindled down significantly for you. If having a small wedding, the invitation cards don't need to be extremely elaborate. If the wedding is a large, grand affair, they will probably need to be a bit more formal.
Formal wedding invitations will generally include many items like the wedding invitation, an envelope within the mailing envelope and an RSVP card so guests can respond. Online retailers will generally have both types to select from.
Once you have decided on the tone of the cards, there are many different types to choose from. Engraved or embossed will be stamped so that a mould is embedded. These are considered one of the most formal. If you want them to be a bit less formal, you may want to consider thermographed. This will raise the lettering, making it still appear very elegant. If you're looking for something even more casual, you can create your own with a home computer. These can be very personal.
Whatever type you decide on, the wordings, verses and sayings are very important. Generally, the wordings will be from the parent's standpoint. Something such as, “Mr. and Mrs. Robert Brown request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter, Elizabeth Brown with Mr. Drake Mitchell. " The formality of the sayings will continue throughout. If the wedding is going to be a bit more casual, the verses can be as simple as “Robert and Elizabeth are going to be married on June 30th and would love for you to come celebrate with them!"
Most of the guests will send gifts right away, as well as bringing gifts to the ceremony. If any gifts are received beforehand, it's still appropriate to send a wedding thank you card right away. The thank you cards should be sent within two weeks of receiving the gift. Many couples think that a phone call is okay, and it may be but people do appreciate a note as one reminder of the events leading up to, and including, the wedding. For gifts that are received at the actual wedding itself, it's imperative that everyone receives a thank you note.
Personalized invitations, cards and thank you notes should all be kept within the same theme to provide continuity for all wedding stationery. Online retailers are available to provide advice and ideas for whatever the couple is looking for.
About the Authors: Sarah Porter and Patti Paz are authors of several articles including Custom Wedding Invitations Cards , Unique Wedding Invitations , Printed Wedding Cards and more.