Your Wedding Invitations Guide

Now that you are engaged, congratulations! As you begin organizing details, take some time to find a style of wedding invitation that is right for you.  Here is a guide to helping you begin the selection process as well as understanding how to properly address and insert the correct wording.

Style

First, determine whether you plan to have a casual or formal event and keep your setting in mind.  Will your wedding take place indoors or outdoors, in the evening or early afternoon? Are you planning a destination wedding, or something at your local church? Each of these factors can play a part when deciding which invitation to choose. A formal wedding invitation is better suited for an indoor wedding in the evening hours where a sit-down dinner will be served.  A casual invitation is better suited for an early afternoon wedding on the beach. It is essential that the formality and style of your selection corresponds with your atmosphere.

Colors

Have you already selected the colors of your bridesmaid’s dresses and floral arrangements? If you have a shade in mind, wedding invitations are a perfect avenue for introducing your color theme.

Addressing

Before you order your wedding invitations, pre-plan who will be included on your guest list.  Always order additional invitations in the event you need to extend a last-minute invite. Address your envelopes to clearly reflect who you plan to include.  If you are hoping for a family along with their children, address your envelopes to the “Family of….” If you only intend to invite the couple, address the invitation to “Mr. and Mrs.…” For the singleton who is engaged, be sure to include their fiancé. In this instance, or in the instance of a single person who you want to bring a guest, write “Mr. or Ms.….and Guest” While most single adults are allowed to bring a date to weddings, if you are keeping your numbers low and only want to invite him or her, be sure you only address the invitation to the name of the person you plan to include. Here are more tips on how to keep your guest list small.   Here is a guide to knowing when you should allow a “plus-one.” Make sure you include response cards and envelopes with postage to keep your RSVP list in order.

Wording

This part should take most of your attention and time. It is essential to include the name of the bride and groom, the exact wedding location and time, parent’s name if they are taking part in wedding payment and planning, and any other pertinent information your guests will need to know. Avoid adding registry information or logistics. If you want to include anything additional such as these items, add them to a card or small note within the envelope. Feel free to add a poem, or something unique to make your invitation special, but remember to keep it simple with few words. Too much information in a small space can be overwhelming. Here are some invitation mistakes to avoid. If you are planning a reception following your ceremony include a note stating “Reception to follow” so all guest can plan ahead. Optional elements to include in your envelope are, reception details, directions, registry information, and anything else.  Wedding website details can be added to your invitation or as an optional add-in.

Choosing Bridesmaids Dresses – What you Should Know for Your Wedding Party

As if shopping for your own wedding gown isn’t exciting enough, you also get the joy of selecting the bridesmaid’s dresses. You may already have some ideas in mind, but here are a few things to contemplate that will also make them smile.

Cost

How much do you think your bridesmaids would be comfortable spending?  Make a selection that is considerate of their wallet and their closet. If they are purchasing a brand new dress, pick one that will also look good for a night out on the town. A dress well suited for other occasions may help your wedding party be more pleased with their investment.

Renting a dress is always an option.  This is a new trend, and a great alternative to forking over a lot of cash on a brand-new designer dress.  Rent the Runway has thousands of options, including accessories, that you can wear at a fraction of the cost.

Color

If you have already chosen your wedding colors, you will want to select bridesmaid’s dresses that compliment your theme as well as their skin tone.  While one color looks dazzling on one, it may not compliment another.  So, try to stick with a safe hues that will help your wedding party look their best.  Options to consider are: turquoise, deep red, hot pink, and emerald green.  But, let your girls be your guide.  If they seem obviously stressed about a particular hue, consider their feelings and steer in another direction when possible.

Style

Now is good time to remember that your bridesmaids don’t have to wear the exact same dress!  If you think that finding a color that suits each one of your bridesmaids is difficult… try finding a style that flatters every figure.  Perhaps, if you are lucky, you have a line-up of women with the same body type. But, chances are, this is not the case. Your safest option is to select a dress you love, then explore other styles are in the same line and color.

If it is a must to have your girls in the same gown, consider an A-line.  This style shows off an hour glass curve with a smooth silhouette. A-lines are also amazing at hiding any curves that do not want to be exposed.

 

The more involved your wedding party is in selecting their dresses, the happier everyone will be.  They want to look their best too, and they know what colors and styles will flatter them best.  The most important thing they will wear by your side at the alter is a smile!