01 of 09
Start Out With Unique Wedding Invitation Wording
Wedding invitations are the first view your guests will have of the style and vibe of your wedding. Make sure your invites are as personal and unique as your wedding will be, with these 10 ways to personalize your wedding invitations.
Use Invitation Wording that Reflects You and Your Family
Just because most people use the "So-and-So's parents request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their kids" format, doesn't mean you have to! Consider:
Because you have shared in our... lives with love,
Invite you to share in the joy of our wedding day
Mr. and Mrs. John H. Myers
Joyfully invite you to
The marriage of their daughter
Carlos Antonio Hernandez
Dinner and merriment to follow
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02 of 09
Stand in the Place Where You Live
If the place where you live or are getting married is special to you, use it as inspiration for your wedding invitation. Ask your designer to use iconic architecture (the Eiffel Tower for a Parisian wedding,) known motifs (an apple for a NYC wedding) or your state flower or bird. You can even just ask your designer to evoke the mood of the location; one of my favorite invites used western-inspired fonts for a Montana wedding.
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03 of 09
Picture Yourself on Your Wedding Invitation
You can't get more personal than a picture of yourselves. And yet, a photograph probably wouldn't fit the formality or taste-level of most wedding invitations. Silhouettes are the perfect solution: modern and graphic yet charmingly old fashioned. They say "us" without being too literal.
"Sophie" wedding invitation by Abby Jean Press. This example uses pictures of the bride and groom as children, but they can use any profile picture of the two of you to create the invites.Continue to 4 of 9 below.
04 of 09
Poetic Wedding Invitations
Just one line of a favorite love poem at the top of a wedding invitation sets the stage for a romantic and personal affair. Consider separating the poetry from the rest of your invite text with a symbol, monogram, or insignia.
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05 of 09
Your Handwriting Speaks Volumes
Instead of using a computer font, handwrite the text of your invite and then scan it at high resolution. Your wedding invitations will be personal, relaxed and welcoming.
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06 of 09
Maps with Whimsical Touches
It's helpful to include a map with directions to the ceremony, reception, and any other wedding related events that might be happening that weekend. Why not make it more personal and whimsical? If they're nearby enough to be included on the same map, also include the spot where you got engaged, your favorite small restaurant, a cute place to watch the stars, and where to get the best ice cream cone in town. Your guests can have fun exploring your area through your eyes.
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07 of 09
Put Your Picture on the Stamp
Not everyone has the budget to have custom-designed wedding invitations. Consider choosing your favorite mass-market invitation, but add a personal element by using your picture to make custom postage stamps through Photostamps.com. Sure, it's more expensive than standard postage but it's an affordable way to add the personal.
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08 of 09
Be as Modern or Traditional as You Wanna Be
Tradition calls for a thick white wedding invitation engraved with black ink. Today, many couples are opting for color but still using traditional wording and formal style. I'm here to tell you that there are no hard and fast rules! Just try to match your wedding invitation to the style and formality of your wedding. Having a formal wedding? Go for the traditional engraved card, or take it a step even further and use elaborate hand calligraphy. But, if you're getting married in an urban... loft with your favorite band playing, there's no reason not to use color, pattern, and texture to evoke your event.
The invitation above was made by Etsy seller evapaul. Her store is no longer active, but consider these other Etsy sellers who combine tradition with new modern details:
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- A teal ombre invitation from CricketPrinting
- A lovebirds wedding invitation from JoyInspiration
- Grey and yellow invites with banner detail by asensiblehabit
09 of 09
How Are You Printing That?
There are tons of options available to you with printing your wedding invitations – offset, letterpress, engraved, thermography. You can even print on wood or acrylic. Each of these printing techniques will lend a different vibe to your invites so think carefully about your vision and what you want to achieve. Don't know what these terms mean? Check out this Guide to the Lingo of Wedding Invitations
Wooden invitation by Modern Press