The Truth About How Much Your Wedding Invitation and Reception Should Match

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Imagine this.

You’re planning your wedding and it’s time to search for invitations. You’re not done planning your actual wedding, though. Everyone says invitations are important because they are the first thing your guests see.

How can you pick them before you’ve finalized your wedding details? And now you’re confused, and worried about doing this important thing wrong.

But you may not need to imagine.

You may be searching for invitations before you have completely nailed down your wedding day details.

And if you are confused about how much your wedding invitation should match your ceremony and reception, don’t worry. I’ve got the answer for you.

Most likely you’ve found a venue, narrowed down bridesmaid dresses (if you have those) and chosen flowers.

Plus, you have a good sense of what kind of wedding you want, whether that be elegant or casual, rustic or carnival.

Well, then good news! Frankly, that’s all you need.

Getting this far means that you have your wedding colors, mood and theme. That’s the essence of your wedding to capture on your wedding invitation, specifically:

Wedding Colors

Often you’ll have 3 to 5 colors you are using on your wedding day in dresses, flowers and décor. Choose 2 to 3 of them to feature on your invitations. When selecting them think about which of the colors best represent your wedding and its mood.

Wedding Mood

You can capture your mood in your colors, the invitation design, the wedding wording and even the fonts.

When I work with a couple on a design in our handmade wedding stationery shop, I always want to know the mood first. It helps me think through fonts, how to present the wedding details in the wording, and even how much of a color to use.

Wedding Theme

If you have a wedding theme, such as vintage or beach, it’s great to show that on your invitation.

It’s part of what you’re inviting your guests to. After all, you’re not just inviting them to your wedding. You’re inviting them to your vision of what your wedding will be.

Ok, now it’s your turn. What colors, mood and theme will you capture on your invitations? And let me know how you are choosing invitations in the comments below.

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