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Before Purchasing Wedding Invitations

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The Big Questions (continued)

How Big is the Wedding?

The physical size of the invitation can make a statement too. If you're having a small wedding, 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 a larger, grander invitation.

Is the Wedding Formal or Informal?

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

Is the Wedding Modern or Traditional?

Is your personal style more modern, or do you tend to 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. Fonts and mixing fonts also changes the look of your stationery.

Is There a Wedding Theme?

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

What Time of the Year is the Wedding?

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

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