You’ve probably seen more articles than you can handle about how to personalize your wedding. You’ve seen everything you can do at a ceremony, all you can incorporate into your reception, every bit of décor options known to man. What you don’t see as much of are ways to personalize your wedding invitations. Just because it isn’t front of mind when putting your wedding together doesn’t mean you should send out bland invitations.
Keep These in Mind
Don’t Do Too Much
There’s a fine line between artful and just busy. Think about walking into someone’s house and seeing every square inch covered with art, furniture, small children and whatever else they’ve stuffed into their home. It doesn’t feel cozy — it feels cramped. The same goes for your wedding invites. Let your creativity roam but do remember that less is still more in this case.
If you can get sick antler wedding rings at a reasonable price, there’s no reason to overspend on your wedding invites. Yes, you want them to look cool, and maybe you even want to commission some custom art for them.
Just know that whatever you spend on them, basically everyone is going to throw them away eventually. This is solely for you and your enjoyment once the last guest has tossed their invite. Once you realize that, set your metric for spending accordingly. If you’re fine with throwing money at custom invites and having one on your mantel forever, more power to you. Just don’t feel the need to overspend to impress your guests.
Send Invites at the Correct Time
There are plenty of invites for you to send out. In fact, your life is just sending out invitations for the foreseeable future, so hope you’re good at licking envelopes. There’s certainly an art to invitation sending and knowing which invites go out when. At some point, you may want to just grab a men’s titanium wedding band and text your friends to have them come over for an impromptu wedding, but we promise the work will be worth the payoff.
Ways to Personalize Your Wedding Invitations
Ever wanted to feel like a medieval king? Well, if you didn’t already, here’s your chance. Custom wax seals are a sick way to personalize your wedding invitation for several reasons.
One, there’s basically no manlier way to seal a wedding invite than wax with your crest or whatever design you like on it. Two, you will never have to lick an envelope, and that part is great. Yes, you can just get the envelopes where you peel off the tape and reveal the sticky side, but that’s not nearly as cool. Three, it just looks awesome. This one sells itself.
So, fun fact — you can create custom stamps. The United States Postal Service allows you to turn your favorite photos into stamps. Now, you’ll have to use a USPS-approved vendor, of course, but that’s no big deal. Honestly, it’s unclear to us why we aren’t all using custom stamps for the three times a year we need to mail something. Just be sure you know when to send it!
Incorporate Your Wedding Flowers
Get them pressed and add them into the invite. Draw them yourself and have them as a fun pop of color on the letter. Whatever you do, the world is your oyster. This is especially true if you’re using unique flowers that are special to you or regionally significant.
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Not artistic? No worries! There’s a gaggle of freelancers out there who will draw whatever you like. Custom art isn’t as expensive as you might think (though it can also be more expensive than you ever imagined), so shop around, talk to an artist and get their thoughts on what you should do.
Get Creative with the Physical Invite
Who says it has to be a generic letter? Technically, no one, but a paper invite is quite common. We’ve seen some really neat options like custom tea towels, handmade maps, 45 RPM records and all sorts of fun knickknacks. Now, you’ll want to remember you’re working with the constraints of the postal system, so don’t go too overboard on price or fragility. Still, there’s a ton of room for creativity here.
Get Creative with the Copy
There’s nothing wrong with the traditional formal address of wedding invitations. If that’s your vibe, have at it. However, if that feels a little stuffy to you, rewrite the style as necessary. Go more casual, have fun with it, write it all in a giant acrostic if you like.
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We’ve seen every shade of white under the sun on a wedding invitation. If you like that, problem solved. If you want to do something else, though, go bold! You can have so much fun with your wedding invitations if you lean into your wedding’s color scheme and opt out of the traditional white wedding invitation.
Let your creativity run wild, but still remember you actually have to convey the relevant information efficiently. As long as you can balance the two, you’re good to go!