Buying Your Wedding Invitations Part 1

One of the biggest wedding decisions you will have to make is what kind of invitations to buy. Your wedding invitations will set the mood for your wedding ceremony and reception. If you are planning a formal, black tie event, you might choose an invitation that is plain white or ivory with black ink. If you are having a themed wedding, try incorporating that theme into your invitations. For example, if you are having a beach-themed wedding, select an invitation with shells, a lighthouse, or a couple walking along the beach. Don’t forget to integrate your wedding colors into your invitations as well. By selecting a colored ink or an invitation that contains accents in your wedding colors, your guests will know your colors and be able to dress appropriately.

Ideally, you should begin shopping for your invitations as soon as you know the date, time and location of your wedding. The American Wedding offers quality invitations and accessories at prices significantly lower than what you are likely to find at your local stationery shop or printer. We also offer samples of most of our invitations and enclosure cards, as well as many of our accessory items like napkins, cake bags, matches, place cards and bookmarks. As you can tell, we’re a little biased. No matter where you shop, or who you choose to buy your invitations from, be sure to request samples of both paper quality and any applicable colors before placing your order. You want to make sure the invitations and accessories are a good quality and will compliment your wedding colors.

Once you have decided where to purchase your invitations, you should prepare your guest list so that you will know how many invitations to order. You will need one invitation per couple and one invitation per single guest. Remember, children ages sixteen and over should be sent a separate invitation. We always advise that you order at least 25 more invitations, envelopes and accessory cards in case of last-minute guest additions, mistakes and keepsakes.

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