Wedding invites are special and little memories that we can treasure long after the event. The invite is a first glimpse at what the wedding theme will look like and what the style of the wedding is likely to be – an opulent affair, a fun and quirky style or a destination theme and so on.
Because an invite says so much about you as a couple and about the wedding, it is important to give it proper thought and consideration. Selecting an invite which is quirky and fun, when you are a serious couple who wants a serious wedding would certainly confuse a lot of the guests. Staying true to the overall feel of your wedding is my top tip when thinking about the perfect wedding invite.
I would suggest the following process to come up with your ideal invite options,
- Decide on the overall theme of the wedding. You do not need to know things right down to the last detail, but a general theme and style would help
- Think about a colour scheme and theme for the overall wedding decor. If you can decide this theme already and use it for the wedding invite, I think it is fantastic and creates a sense of continuity with the wedding
- Get inputs for the most important elements from important decision makers for the wedding. I am thinking of couple, parents, elder relatives in the case of Indian weddings
- Shortlist the most important elements that are important for you. These could be the colour, style, layout and the language of the invite
- Write the final details down before you start your research for the wedding invite. It is very easy to get carried away and inspired by so many amazing styles out there
Writing down the final details really helps to maintain focus and get everyone to agree on the basics. This avoids so many issues after the designs have been finalised.
Back in the “old days”, one would visit specialist vendors of invitation cards who stocked samples, and you selected a style from that and that was it. Things are so much better now, and the possibilities are virtually limited by your own imagination!
I do suggest that if possible see an actual example of the wedding invite before you make a final decision. Sometimes pictures can be quite different from the real thing!
Before I share some of the inspirations that I think could be interesting themes for 2019, I do suggest thinking about an online only invite. This is a super environmental friendly option and while it may not have a wow factor, it is perhaps what wedding invites of the future will look like.
Indian wedding invites with small gifts
These wedding invites are on the luxurious side and involve a wedding invitation card and some small gift that is neatly packaged in the same box. The options for colour and gifts are endless and there are numerous specialist stores online that you can turn to to help you create a box that is very personalised.
Traditional Indian wedding invitations
Sometimes the classics are just the right choice. They offer a familiar style that everyone is so used to (at least the ones above 50 years) and have a sense of nostalgia about them. When in doubt, I would suggest that you opt for this style as it might be the safest option. You will also find plenty of vendors for these styles, so logistics might be easier.
Fun Indian wedding invitations
I like these rather off-beat and interesting styles because they can be quite cool and really bring out the couple’s personality. These are not styles for everyone, but if you like this style then I think you can get very creative with the layout and content. My suggestion would be to find some budget friendly printing services like Vistaprint where you can customise the designs and the layouts.
Extravagant Indian wedding invitations
If you have the budget and the inclination to create an invite that is unique and memorable, then this is the section for you. While some might argue that these invites are completely OTT, I say that if you can get something like this made, you should. A wedding is a memorable life event, and if you can make it that much more special for your guests by splurging on your invite then go for it!
Discussing your requirements with a specialists is the way to go for extravagant wedding invites. Specialists will first understand more about you, the event, the theme and then present you with ideas for the invite. These could range from how you first met to something that is very personal and unique about you like your family background or profession.
Invites for the utterly romantic at heart
Nothing quite matches a beautifully composed poem that is unique and very specific for your wedding. While you might be able to spend a ton of cash on making a materially extravagant invite, for the truly inspiring and intellectual invite, I would be inclined to get a poem composed.
Check out a beautiful poem written by Rachel Hill for us. It’ll be so cool to have a poem like this on a card that is personalised for the bride and groom! You can contact her (via email on rachel [at] startur [nospace] ntuition [dot] co [dot] uk) to ask for a poem written specially for you.
The dress code is colour, anything but white,– Rachel Hill
And you’re going to have to party long into the night.
Watch out for the glitter, confetti and rice,
A day full of joyfulness, you’ll be wanting a slice …!
I really enjoyed this post because there was so much to inspire me! I have to admit that I kept getting distracted by all the varieties of invites and the styles that are possible and it took me forever to finish this post. If you have details to share about your wedding invite or of an invite that you find particularly interesting then please do leave a comment!
Make sure you check out my previous post about Alternatives to Extravagant Indian Wedding Invitations for other styles I liked!
Pictures: Puneet Gupta invitations, Pinterest