Choosing the Right Invite for you!

Wedding Invitations…So many different designs, colours, shapes, sizes! How can one possibly choose?! Where do we actually start? Ahhhhhh!

Yes, I hear you. I’ve been there before!

Sure,  some may argue that an invitation is only a piece of card letting your family and friends know of your special day, however it’s just not any day…its your WEDDING day after all…and I know you want that something special. A wedding invitation is the first glimpse your guests will have of your upcoming day, so it’s no wonder you want to make a good impression.

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Here are my tips for those who are stuck on how to select the right invitation design for you:

  1. Think about your wedding theme– Do you already have a particular theme in mind? If so, think about how you can carry this theme across to your invitations. For example, if you’re having a beach themed wedding and have already chosen a gorgeous beach to hold your wedding ceremony at, why not use some “beach” elements (such as starfish, shells, buckets) in your invitations to let guests know what they’re in for.
  2. Think about you and your fiance’s favourite colours– Choosing a few fave colours of yours is an excellent way to begin when you’re not sure exactly what invitation you want. Once you’ve got a colour palette selected, then go out and research invitations with those colours. The most simple way is to perhaps google “Black wedding Invitations” for example and see what image results they bring.
  3. Choose invitation styles which reflect both you and your partner’s personalities/interests– Perhaps you both love jazz music or maybe you’re more into the rock scene …try to find invitations which reflect you and your partner’s personalities and interests. If you and your partner are known to be a bit of a wild and daring couple, choose some funky invitations which just scream YOU. You don’t have to go for dainty white invitations with doilies just because it’s a “wedding”. It’s your day after all, and you can choose how traditional or untraditional you want your event to be.
  4. Choose invitation styles that reflect the style and formality of your wedding– If you have decided on how formal (or informal) your wedding is going to be, this shouldn’t be too hard. A casual or small wedding can do with a simple invitation with less formal wording, while an extravagant black tie wedding would command that more formal sophisticated invitations are chosen.
  5. Think about your stationery budget– Set aside a portion of your wedding budget for your wedding invitations and other stationery items you are planning to order. Stationery typically comprises around 4-6% of a couples total wedding budget. Divide the total allocated stationery budget by your number of guests and you will find out how much you can spend on each invitation and then research designs what are within that price range.
  6. Think about postage costs– Postage costs are often forgotten when couples plan their stationery budgets, however they can quickly add up. Keep in mind that large and bulky invitations are more expensive to send, so factor that into your budget if you decide to choose such invitations.


These are the main factors to consider when you’re deciding on a design. Hope they have helped! Once you decide on your wedding invitations, it will be easy to co-ordinate the rest of your wedding stationery, including your RSVP cards, wishing well cards, order of service books, place cards and thank you cards.

If you have any other tips I haven’t included, please feel free to comment below to help other brides and grooms.


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