March 3, 2020

Choosing Invitations For Your Big Day!

Chic Events interviewed the detail-oriented Alison Cur from the Invitation Place on everything you need to know for choosing invitations on your wedding day! Here are some FAQs:

Do wedding invites have to match the wedding colours?

Invitations are like a small opening in a window looking out onto your wedding day.  They allow your guests a glimpse of what to expect. Your invitations should reflect the formality of your event.  If you are getting married in a downtown hotel and it's a black-tie reception, your invitations should be tailored or exquisitely detailed, timeless with attention to detail paramount.  Whereas if you were having a country club wedding, you may want something softer with texture and or colour.  Think about the feeling you want your guests to experience when they receive your invitations and then carefully work with your stationery designer to create and select colours, materials, design and print that reflect your vision.

What is a save the date cards for weddings? And how far in advance should they be sent?

Save the Date cards announce your wedding day and ask invitees to reserve your day/week etc.  They are especially important if you are having a destination wedding or your wedding day falls on a holiday or long weekend.  Save the date cards can be sent out as early as 1 year in advance of your wedding day.

What are your thoughts on working with a stationary vendor vs. Ordering invitations online?

Nothing compares to the personal attention and customer service you will receive with a custom designer.  In addition to invitations there are also many wedding day print items that need attention and it's nice to have continuity without running around the city trying to mix and match. A stationery designer will also help you with etiquette and assembly.  Selecting your materials in person is also highly recommended.  There are so many options it's nice to sit down and explore.  One size does not fit all!

Is it possible to have an invitation that feels modern and fun, yet formal?

Yes of course!  Font selection and graphic design can play a big role.  Choosing classic papers and print methods combined with modern elements will tie it all together. For instance, a classic white cotton letterpress invitation looks amazing with a deep coloured envelope or unexpected liner.

What’s the trend for 2019?

Vellum and wax seals are really having their moment in the sun!  It's a trend I can get behind. I love how timeless they feel and I think the options are inspiring on how to use these elements.

When should I look into having items like menus, place cards, table numbers printed?

I suggest starting to discuss these elements at the time you book your invitations. Once you have made decisions around decor, you can begin finalizing design. Obviously, the items are printed closer to the wedding day, maybe a month or so out, but your stationer should be ready to go with materials in advance and design time on the calendar. Being well prepared makes for a seamless and stress-free experience!

One tip for brides:

Find the one thing about your wedding that inspires you the most and then use that item as inspiration and a jumping off point for your stationery! Work with a professional stationer well in advance 6-8 months or longer and ENJOY!

Chic Events by Sonia