By Nathalie Pepper. Invitation Card Types. Published at Friday, June 01st, 2018 - 08:15:40 AM.
Have a Pro Address Your Envelopes: When you order your invitations, see if you can take the envelopes home immediately (or as soon as possible). That way, if you're having someone other than your stationer (say, a calligrapher) print the return addresses on your envelopes (most stationers print the return addresses for little or no charge; it's often even included in the suite's price), they can get a head start. While you don't have to hire a calligrapher to address your envelopes, we highly recommend it—it looks beautiful and makes an elegant first impression. Traditionally, addresses are handwritten, so unless you have impeccable handwriting, it's best to leave the envelopes to a pro.
Start Early: Your save-the-dates should go out six to eight months before the wedding. It can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks—or longer, depending how fancy you go—to print them. While your save-the-dates don't have to match your invites, ordering everything from one stationer can save you money and make the invitation process easier on you. So start scouting stationers 9 to 11 months before the wedding. Aim to order your invitations about four to five months out so they're ready to mail six to eight weeks before the wedding. If you're having a destination wedding or marrying over the holidays, send out your invites even earlier (10 to 12 weeks before the wedding).
Play With the Shape and Size: A 4.5-inch-by-6.25-inch rectangular card is the traditional size and shape for wedding invitations. But couples are channeling more playful or modern vibes with circular, scalloped and square invitations. Don't forget to consider that veering away from the standard envelope size can increase the postage—bulky or extra-large invites may cost more to send.
The Card Makes Me Want To Attend The Event! The way a card looks on the outside is equally as important as what’s written on the inside. There are so many creative and funky ways to prepare your engagement invite before presenting it to the whole wide world. Today, people have gone beyond a simple card, which merely communicates the basic information that needs to be passed on to guests. Engagement invitations these days can be awesome, instead of plain and boring. These invites showcase the masterpiece of the works of art and design, which have been used to build them up. They can be sober, or zany; they can be simple or look like collected drops of solidified pearlescent rainbows; or as pop-out cards, with an accompanying song that plays as they are opened.
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