Invitations are the first impression people will get of your wedding and so people (we know) do go “all out” in making sure their card is beautiful and possibly unique. BUT do also keep in mind that almost everyone will throw this card out once the wedding is over….and this is no lie, trust me, I don’t know anyone who keeps wedding cards…..
Decisions, choices, variety, there are actually a lot of options when it comes to invitations. Doing-it-yourself ones are also special, but you may need ‘helpers’ who can cut-paste as well, otherwise 150 cards = A LOT OF TIME! Unless you have all the time in the world!
1. Selecting the theme. Some people choose their wedding card and end up changing the theme, which is perfectly fine. Unless you are the GODZILLA bride who wants everything to be perfect! If you are wearing red, then a wedding card with minimal red looks better than something in full red. Once again complementing colours are our preferred selections and we love symbols and religious markings on the card. We have seen cards that were like BOOKS and as highly extravagant as it was…..we threw it out once the date had passed….so consider whether $5 per card is worthwhile when you have 150 guests who are likely to toss it OR whether you don’t care about the money and rather a unique WOW card. And the groom’s side may want to have a different card which is also a “norm” in the Aussie culture…….the final choice is yours!
2. Devise your guest list.This is often a heated topic with both sides of the family usually extending the list when you would rather a smaller one. Best way to resolve such conflicts is to sit together and discuss the options and suggestions by one another. Set the figure amount such as the hall capacity and how many people you would like to have. We attended a wedding which must have had at LEAST 1000 guests and let me tell you that it was just SO noisy and hard to see the bride-groom rituals…..it may have been what they wanted, but our recommendation is 250 people at maximum is a GREAT number. I know being Indian, that is hard when you have to invite aunties of an aunty and uncle of a brother etc. This is your wedding and how intimate or public you create the affair is the decision the groom-bride and their immediate families.
3. Post or hand deliver? Now through personal experience, I had people angry at me for not ‘HAND DELIVERING’ the card to their house…..it seems such a trivial thing for people to be worked up about, but those people also don’t understand (yet) how much a wedding involves and how tired you get from family meetings, arguments, work, finding outfits and the list is almost endless. Now, if people live nearby, I don’t see the problem, but in places which would require you to drive day on end just to give cards out is a bit silly to me. Once again, the choice is up to you and your immediate family and whether you distribute by post or hand deliver – the purpose is the same!
Stay tuned for images of some selected cards we would recommend, but until then….Cheerio!