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Save the Date vs. Formal Wedding Invitation

An engagement, followed by wedding planning, is such an exciting time in life. A date is picked, a deposit on your dream venue is put down, and the guest list is organized. Now, it’s time to let all your friends and family know about the upcoming special occasion! This is where it can get tricky. Do you send out a save the date? Do you skip that and go straight for the formal wedding invitation? How do you politely do both? Follow along with our blog to discover the answers to all your burning wedding invitation questions!

Save the Date

Summed up, save the date cards should only include the bare minimum information. You don’t want to overwhelm your guests. Short and sweet is the route you want to take when it comes to your wording and designs. Simply give information on the date, time, and place. This is a necessity if your guest is going to need to make travel arrangements or take time off work. Let them know if they can bring a plus one and if children are welcomed. Don’t cram information that isn’t going to help your guest decide if they can make it or not. You don’t want to prompt for an RSVP at this point either; allow them time to make an accurate decision. We also suggest leaving out your registry information. The best time to send this information is once you have it all sorted out.

Formal Wedding Invitation

A formal wedding invitation is designed to be more personal. Many formal invitations have an RSVP portion that allows the bride and groom to interact with the guest. A separate card may ask guests to include a song they would like to hear, a drink they want to be included, or simply the name of their plus one! Your formal wedding invitation is also a good opportunity to add your registry information, along with any other requests you may have for your guests.

What’s the Difference?

Now, you may be wondering, “What’s the difference?” Well… a few things! You always want the save the date card to come before the invitation. They are encouraged if you have a date far in the future, a destination wedding, or specific guidelines you’d like to be followed. This means that if you’re having an adult-only wedding, no plus ones, or out-of-pocket expenses are expected, a save the date card is a great way to deliver this information. It is a courtesy to your guests that is not necessary, but always appreciated. A formal wedding invitation is something that is going to be more detailed. Allow your creativity to take over so that the invitation is unique, just like you! The color of your wedding can be debuted on your invitation as well as the decided theme. You can also interact with your guests! Now is the time for expected responses. This is your chance to request an RSVP and include your registry!

Conclusion

During this joyful time, the last thing you want to stress about is how to invite your guests. At the end of the day, you should choose whatever is easiest and most fun for you! Are you not feeling too sure about your designs? Head on over to the Forever Friends website to explore custom wedding print options!

4 Wedding Stationery Ideas

Wedding invitations are one of the most essential parts of planning a wedding because they set the tone of what guests are to expect on the wedding day. The invitation can be as creative as the couple wants it to be, which can make the process of making a wedding card fun and enjoyable!

As the wedding day approaches, there comes some questions. Will it be formal or casual? Will it be during the day or at night? Is there a theme for what they should wear? A wedding invitation says it all, especially when it comes to a theme. From mixed metals to beautiful, nature stationery, we have created a list of wedding stationery ideas to inspire you!

Mixed Metals

Metallics have become a popular trend to mix into wedding invitations and stationery designs. The combination of metallic colors like gold, silver, and copper is one of the top wedding invitation trends for 2019. Another new twist on metallics is rose gold! Rose gold can shine against a solid background. As the picture above suggests, the metallic hues are best placed over a white or light colored background for a subtle and chic stationery idea!

Watercolor

A watercolor wedding invitation can include a painting of the wedding venue or imagery that reflects the wedding’s destination, the wedding’s theme, or the couple. The personalized image can be displayed on the insert card or the outside of the envelope where guests can enjoy a beautiful watercolor illustration!

We recommend light pale hues to compliment your watercolor painting, with gold-foil lining on the outside of your card.

Greenery/Nature

For weddings that have a more natural look, consider leaves and greenery rather than your typical colored blooms. Couples can choose from a range of leaf silhouettes from thin and narrow leaves to large and bold palms. There are dozens of designs that incorporate leaves and greenery, including the one’s shown above.

Palms and leaves can best be seen on a white background. To add something a little different, go for a bright green envelope to stand out amongst the rest of the cards!

Interlocking Monograms

Monograms are a classic wedding detail that can be created in a variety of ways. A monogram can interlock a couple’s initials, so as to symbolize the love between each other (aww!).  The font style can be cursive, bold, or both depending on how traditional the couple wants it to be.

If you have a classic wedding style, then interlocking monograms are perfect! The writing on the card can be big or small, and include the information regarding names, places, and date of the wedding. For the monogram portion on this card, we recommend your choice of color on a solid white or ivory for a classic touch!

Conclusion

The perfect way to express your creativity as a couple is through a beautifully-made wedding invitation. We listed just a few of the many creative ideas out there to get you started on your wedding invitation journey. For fine stationery and printing services, call on Forever Friends to design a wedding invitation for your special day!

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