Sunday, January 21, 2007

Help for planning invitations

Invitations are one of those wedding expenses that many people want to circumvent. I myself decided to do my own invitations, but when I was first thinking about it I was very unsure of what I was doing. In order to help others make their decision, I'm posting links to some helpful sites that I found online.

Deciding what the invitatons should say: I found this was my first hangup, so I'm listing it first. It's really hard to decide to make your own invitations when you're afraid of not doing them right! Once you've got this part down, the rest is easy - trust me.

The most helpful site that I found for this was VerseIt.com. They have literally hundreds of verse suggestions for every scenario - couple inviting, bride's parents inviting, both parents inviting, etc. They also have verse suggestions for anything else you might need - reception inserts, bachelor and bachelorette party invitations, even response cards.

Planning the invitation: All wedding invitations aren't 8 1/2 by 5 1/2 cards with writing on them. You can plan them like that, but you can also plan a variety of photo invitations, handmade invitations, etc. You can design them on your own computer and print them out, or buy a kit.

There are a variety of choices available, and I encourage you to look around and see what you like best. For example, if you like scrapbooking and making crafts, you might enjoy making your invitations from a kit, which you can find at scrapbooking and hobby stores. If you want low-mess, low-hassle kits, office stores also sell kits that allow you to design and print your own invitations. Or you can do it the way I did: buy 110 lb. cardstock or heavy-duty photo paper, and create a completely custom invitation.

Minding the details: If you get a kit, you may get the other things you need in order to send the invitations, such as tissue, envelopes, response cards, and other insert cards. If you don't get these, though, you'll need to make or buy them yourself. Again, I recommend 110 lb. cardstock, a good printer, and a paper cutter to cut them apart so that they look professional. You'd be amazed at how good they can look!

That leaves just envelopes. Finding the double envelopes for wedding invitations can be difficult, but I found some very nice ones at LCI Paper online. They have both lined and unlined selections at very affordable prices. If you want something a little fancier than that, you can browse through their other products.

Sending the invitations: Believe it or not, there's a "right" way to do this. Two helpful pages answered all my questions on addressing and stuffing the envelopes.

I hope this helps! I will post pictures of my own invitations and inserts once I have finished them and sent them out, so that others who are holding a 1920s themed wedding can get some ideas.

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