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Choosing Your Perfect Wedding Stationery

Choosing Your  Perfect Wedding Stationery
August 3, 2016

Similar to choosing the perfect wedding dress, choosing your wedding stationery can cause  a little anxiety. The first impression your guests have of your wedding is formed by the wedding invitation they receive. Your invitation should reflect the couples personalities and also the style and formality of the event you're planning. Today, with so many different styles, colors and textures to choose from, finding the right stationery may take some time. There are several considerations that can help you in your search. Keeping these considerations in mind will help you the find the perfect stationery that will be beautiful, unique and a wonderful way to invite your cherished loved ones to share your special day. 


Traditionally, formal wedding invitations were always on ecru, ivory or white card stock (depending the color of the bride's dress) and engraved with black or dark-grey ink. This is still the most popular choice for a formal wedding. But today, there is a large variety of invitations available to suit your style, the level of formality, your desire and budget. 


Color Scheme

Invitations are available in almost every color you can think of these days so matching your stationery to your wedding colors is not only possible, but a great idea. You can also match colors to the theme of your wedding by choosing bright vibrant colors for a summer wedding or seasonal colors for a spring, fall or winter wedding. 


Theme vs Scheme

Many brides stuggle with creating the perfect theme for their wedding. In my experience brides begin with a them in mind, but once they start seeing samples of wedding inviations and finding one they "love",  they  quickly change their minds. It's imporant to keep an open mind about invitations, especially if you haven't locked into a theme or color scheme.  Often times  viewing the product samples makes all the difference between liking an invitation and ordering an invitation. My best advice when it comes to planning a wedding is to stick with a color theme, rather than a design theme. 


Inivations can get expensive. It is also sometimes difficult to weigh a fair price against the level of quality and detail. I recommend that brides shop the prices of vendors on wedding e-market places to ensure they are receiving a good deal.  Often vendors offer free shipping and upgrades. It is important to consider each aspect of a price to get the most for your dollar. 

Invitation Design

Beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder, especially with brides. What one bride loves another hates. Some brides go the traditional route, with classic invitations,  featuring white cotton card stock, with black, gold or silver lettering setting a classic and elegant look. Other brides may prefer metallics, pocket invitations with satin ribbons and rhinestones. 



I also recommend staying away from adding photos of the couple on wedding invitations. Photos of the couple or a landscahpe are more appropriate on a Save the Date or Engagement announcment. If you have your heart set on incorporating a favorite photo you might want to consider using it on a wedding program, table menu or  wedding favor. A beautiful picture of the couple on a wine label or centerpiece makes a lasting impression on your guests. 

Final thoughts

My final recommendation when it comes to ordering invitations is to always purchase a sample before ordering. This gives you the opportunity to physically see and feel the quality of the invitation before placing your order. You should also request a proof before ordering to ensure it is written exactly the way you want it. Most vendors charge a small fee for a proof but it is worth it. Remember, once they arrive in the mail, what you see is what you get. 

To ease your stress, remember these tips:

  • Do a little research before contacting vendors.

  • Know roughly what you want

  • Keep an open mind in order to get the best results

  • Mostly, have fun with the process and you will be able to create something beautiful as a keepsake of your special day. 


As a Carlson Craft dealer, I offer my brides big discounts on their wedding stationery.

I invite you to visit my Online Store and contact me  for more details

Christina Mathews - 336-705-3239

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