The big day is approaching and you need to choose wedding invitations that make an impact on your guests. When friends and families receive your invitation in the mail, you want them to smile upon opening the envelope. A great invitation will stand out in their minds and prompt them to save the date. Guests will get excited about the event as the perfect wedding invitations should inspire such feelings.

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When designing your wedding invitations, define your wedding style. The invitation is the first glimpse of your wedding-to-be that guests will see. In addition to listing the location and time of the wedding, the invitation should give off subtle hints as to the formality of the event. If your event is formal and elegant, so should be your wedding invitations.

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 incorporating your colors into a motif on your wedding invitations and then streamline both of the shades through the rest of the wedding paper. This will create a cohesive appeal. A great example of a formal wedding invitation typically comes in ivory, cream, or white card stock and paired with black or gold font. However, this is your special day, so choose what you want.

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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One of the most important aspects about your invitations should be legibility. You want to make sure your guests can read the writing. Consider this when choosing a font in contrasts with colors and patterns. For instance, avoid light ink on light backgrounds and vice versa. Your text should pop off the paper when guests are reading. Be careful when choosing overly scripted typefaces.

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 not crowd the card by only listing top priority points on the wedding invitation. These points include the time, place, hosts, names of the bride and groom, and RSVP details. If you want, you can also include the dress code for the ceremony, but you do not have to. When you try to put too much information on the invitation, it can get hard to read and look chaotic.

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.

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