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Know what colors your wedding is themed around. This should not be a problem for brides but if the groom is taking on the task of ordering the invitations, he should definitely collaborate with the bride or the maid-of-honor to ensure no mistakes are made. It would be a travesty if the wedding colors are pink and mint green and the invitations are ordered as lime green and coral.
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Think about the shape and size of your invitations in comparison with the style of wedding you are having. Formal weddings typically use a rectangular card for a more traditional look. However, if your wedding more on the playful side, think about going circular, scalloped, or even a square wedding invitation. Keep in mind, the bigger the envelope the more costly the postage.
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Word your invitations eloquently with listing whoever is hosting your wedding first. Traditionally, this would be the parents of the bride. Make sure to spell everything out, including the date and time of the event. You can even give your wedding invitations a traditional feel by adding a request line after the host's name.
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Make sure to never list gift registry information on your wedding invitations. This bit of info should only ever be listed on your wedding website. It is not respectable to put these sort of details on your invites under any circumstance.
Start preparing your wedding invitations early. You do not want to wait until the last minute and risk people receiving their notification of your nuptials too late. Ideally, your invitations should be ordered five month before your wedding and sent to guests about six to eight weeks before the event.