Perfecting Your Wedding Invitations
1. Picking a Size
While you might think the first step is starting to think about how the invitation will look, it’s actually picking a shape and size that your card will be. Thes specifications will give you alot of information and make the design process a little more worry-free because you’ll have perameters to work with right from the start.
Most cards come in a handful of standard sizes. You should also think about postage here as well. Non-standard shapes or sizes (such as items mailed in square envelopes) can require extra postage.
2. Design a Visual Theme
What’s your style? Casual, formal, a little off the cuff?
Pick a visual theme for your wedding invitations. You’ll want to settle on a style that reflects your personality. You might spend a few days looking at options in galleries or already have a concept in mind.
Try to use a color theme that you will carry into the wedding itself. Design elements such as color, typography and other style flourishes can also be used for the actual event from table cards to signage. You can also create custom (and matching ) save the date cards, also thank you cards to send attendees after the big day.
Settling on a visual style and color(s) early on can save you a lot of time and rework in the long run.
If you aren’t sure where to start, there are standard wedding invitation templates online. A template is a quick way to jump start a design project.
If you aren’t going the template route, start collecting design elements or assets.
A little heads up with photos, many couples like to use a photo on the their invitations, with letter press photo quality images cannot be reproduced, you can choose to have photo produced with a digital printer, and the letter press printer can design in the digital print to the letter press card that will provide a window or picture frame to showcase the print.
What every you decide, collect assets that will be part of the wedding invitation design.
If you have custom elements to incorporate such as hand drawn lettering or illustrations, make sure they are high resolution images of these items for inclusion. we will require images to be line copy only and no gradients with minimum of 300 dpi or higher for letterpress printing.
3. Find the Perfect Typeface
The fonts on your wedding invitations can speak volumes. While scripts are a popular option for more traditional design, that’s not a stead fast rule.
How do I create a wedding invitation?
While you’re thinking of typefaces, this is the perfect time to think about the words going on the card. Pick a typeface that works with your actual letters. (Sometimes a great font doesn’t look the way you like with certain letter combinations).
Make sure to test typefaces with the following important information that will likely appear on your wedding invitation design:
- Name of people getting married
- Date, time and location
- Secondary text such as “you are invited, join us or reception details”.
4. Don’t Forget the RSVP
When designing the invitations, don’t forget to think about the RSVP. How do you want people to let you know if they are coming or not?
You can include a second RSVP card and envelope that can be returned to you, provide an email for RSVP’s or ask for a phone call.
There’s no right or wrong choice. Just remember to establish a way for wedding guests to let you know if they are coming.
Once your design is ready, send it to us and we will send you back a proof for approval.
Creating a custom wedding invitations can be a great way to show off your personality and flair for design. While a lot of people ask “how do I create a wedding invitation?” not that many couples actually do it themselves.
Creating a wedding invitation isn’t that hard if you have and eye for design and a fantastic letterpress printer to put the finishing touches on!