Pick Your Colors
You can narrow down a lot of factors from a design perspective if you pick your colors early on. If you are unsure which colors match the “theme” of your wedding, examine the colors of the bridesmaid dresses and décor. Base your wedding invitation off of these colors and you’ll be able to narrow down design choices as well as font colors, size and any extra adornments that you are considering. More importantly, make sure to keep readability in mind when you are choosing fonts and colors. You want your guests to not only be able to read your wedding invitations, but the rest of the materials as well. Some weddings opt for placeholders and programs to be distributed, and these usually are designed to match the theme of the wedding.
Don’t Take Up Too Much Space
While it’s true that you are excited and probably have a lot to say, choose your words wisely. Crowding your invitation with too many words will ruin your invites from a design perspective. You should leave enough space for all of your text and patterns to “breathe” and not cram between the margins. This will lend itself to the overall aesthetic and readability of the card. If you DO find yourself having a lot to say, don’t be afraid to increase the size of the invitation in order to accommodate your word choice. Traditional wedding invitation sizes have changed and there are many modern approaches that embrace bigger sizes and less conventional colors.
Nothing is worse than ruining the excitement of the invitation delivery day but noticing that there is a misspelling on your entire order. Make sure that you double and triple check the proofs before you “okay” them to go to print. Spending a little extra time to dot your I’s and cross your t’s will save you time and money in the long run. Many people won’t have the time to re-order their misprinted invitations and you don’t want to be stuck sending out invites that are inaccurate.
Address the Envelopes Early
If you can afford to hire a calligrapher to address your envelopes, by all means do so. As soon as you order your invitations, see if you can take the envelopes home with you to get a head start on filling all of them out. Traditionally, addresses are handwritten but unless you have impeccable handwriting its best to leave the addressing to a professional calligrapher with experience addressing wedding invitations.