When you’re planning your marriage ceremony, you naturally want everything to fall into place perfectly on the day. However, this isn’t always the case, primarily because a lot goes into making that special day the most special it can be. If you want this day to be truly great, then you want to make sure all the planning starts off on the right foot. This all begins with creating well-organised and well-structured wedding invitations. If you are currently designing your cards, then make sure you read this quick, beginner’s guide on what not to do when creating your wedding invitations.
Don’t overload the card
The last thing you want to do is overload the card with too much information. Your guests won’t appreciate being inundated with unnecessary information. At the end of the day, you just want your cards to be clear and straight to the point. You should include the following at the very least:
- RSVP cut-off
- Parking arrangements
- Dietary needs
Anything on top of this is extra information that you can communicate to your guests in other ways. A lot of young couples often create a Facebook page or Instagram account as a way of communicating necessary information to their guests, which they didn’t include in the card for aesthetic reasons.
Don’t start designing them too late
When it comes to wedding invitations, “the sooner the better” is a solid adage to live by. The last thing you want to do is leave it all to the last minute and rush the cards. The cards probably won’t look that great and there’s a good chance that some of your friends won’t be able to make it. You could even send out ‘save the date’ cards if you’re concerned about some of your friends not being able to make it to the event.
Don’t go overboard with the colours
When designing your wedding invitations, a pet peeve of designers is couples wanting to overload their cards with excessive, vibrant colours. At the end of the day, your cards are meant to be clear and concise, communicating all the necessary information about your special day to your guests. Excessive colours and vibrant patterns can detract for your card, as opposed to augmenting or complementing your design.
Don’t blow your budget
It sounds silly in the sense that how much can a batch of wedding invitations possibly costs? Well, the answer might alarm you, because it turns out that marriage cards can be quite expensive, especially if you plan on having a big event with a huge guest list.
For most couples, the average price sits somewhere between $400 and $650 per couple. However, this can drastically vary, depending on the size of the event and the colourings you decide on. So, before you go locking in a specific design, make sure you discuss with the printing company how much the entire project will cost. Don’t blow your budget on your wedding invitations.
Don’t be pretentious
It’s rather common for newly-engaged couples to get a bit pretentious and snobby when it comes to organising their special day. The last thing you want to do is rub people the wrong way via your wedding invitations and deter them from even coming. As a result, try to steer clear of very pretentious phrases or obnoxious words in your cards. Keep it simple and straight to the point. Even if you want the event to be highly formal and traditional, using a more relaxed and colloquial tone will set a good precedent for the event and ensure that your guests are genuinely excited for your event.