Wedding Invitations for Every Type of Wedding: Introduction

It’s likely one of the first things you decide about your wedding, before the guests, before the wedding invitations, before anything. After you’ve figured out the date, you’ll want to firmly decide whether you’re going formal, semi-formal, casual, or somewhere in between. But the fact is, you probably already know.

Just close your eyes and picture your perfect wedding – is it on a beach, and you’re wearing a simple flowing dress? Maybe it’s at a cathedral, and you’ve gone for the long train and lace veil. Either way, how you dress will lead how your guests are attired. But there’s another way you can give your guests an idea of what your wedding will be like, and that’s through your wedding invitations!

In the coming weeks, this series of articles will address the main nine types of weddings: very formal, formal, semi-formal, informal, military, double wedding, candlelight ceremony, outdoor and garden and at-home. With a little ingenuity, you can fashion your wedding invitations to reflect the type of wedding you’re having, whether it’s black tie or backyard.

While you may or may not choose to add an enclosure card stating the preferred mode of dress, with your wedding invitations alone you should be able to get a decent idea across of the type of wedding you’re holding. The location listed should give your guests a nudge in the right direction. If you’re getting married at a grand hotel, people will probably ease up on the khaki; similarly, if you’re having a beach wedding, you probably won’t need to worry about guests showing up in top hats and tails. Word of mouth is great for this, too, if you’re having a traditional church wedding where the rules may not be as readily apparent.