Written by Fran Hasslacher, owner of Aesthetics Interior Design
There is nothing like receiving a beautiful personalized wedding invitation in the mail. One of the most cherished gifts that I received from a guest at my wedding was a piece of artwork made from my wedding invitation. I have had it displayed in my home for over 28 years. Choosing your wedding invitation is an important part of your wedding planning, it will be the first indicator to your guests of what to expect from your wedding. I encourage brides to follow these three simple guidelines:

1.     Choose a style that fits the “theme”  or style of your wedding:

Using the color scheme of your wedding is a starting point but incorporating the wedding style is the key to a great invitation. If you are having an extravagant wedding you may want to choose an invitation that matches the chic occasion, think of choosing elegant stationary, rich embossing, lavish ribbon and damask.  Alternatively, if you are having a backyard wedding the style should be a simpler appearance- an image of summer stringed lights or a BBQ outline, faux chalkboard stationary or a touch of burlap to add rustic texture. If you are having a destination wedding, choose an invitation that will excite your guest for the journey to come- a postcard, airline or train ticket, message in a bottle or a passport to paradise are great options. You may also think to include information cards to guide your guests on their trip (i.e. map of the wedding location, the hotel information where you have blocked out rooms, tourist attractions, where the rehearsal dinner will be…etc).
2.      Pick the invitation that speaks to you:
When looking through the many invitation websites and books, narrow down at least 4 -5 styles that stand out at you, this will help in narrowing down the aesthetic of the style you choose. Simple but effective.

3.      Speak to an Invitation Expert:

The last thing you should consider when picking out an invitation is to consult with an invitation specialist. Choosing your invitation should be fun, not stressful. The specialist can take the pressure off of you by ordering you invitation samples; this will allow you to make a decision with tangible comparisons. They will also help you with proper invite etiquette, by choosing the correct vocabulary and keeping you within the right time frame when sending out your save-the-dates and wedding invites. Working with an expert will help guide you in the right direction while keeping your budget on track in your search for the perfect invitation.

I hope this helps simplify the process of choosing your perfect invite, let this process be an exciting and creative experience to express your perfect day!