One local stationery expert outlines her tips for choosing invitations and more.
Never before have weddings been set in such a digitized world. Having a wedding website is de rigueur, and much of the planning process is done by e-mail.
But one element of the 21st century wedding remains palpable: invitations. Some couples might save a few bucks with e-vites, but paper invitations are the norm. And the fact that guests seldom receive paper correspondence these days (aside from bills) makes a thoughtful invitation that much more special.
According to Kathleen Doherty, owner of It’s My Party (Boca Raton Bridal, 3591 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 561/447-6953, itsmypartybykd.com)—which provides invitations, favors, accessories and more—the invites should be chosen after the major elements (venue, florals and theme) so that they represent the tone of the event. They also should fall in line with the couple’s style.
“Are they traditional or more modern? Is their event black tie or more relaxed?” Doherty says. “This should be evident in their choice and indicate to guests what to expect.”
She suggests that invitations be sent two months before the wedding date, with an RSVP date set for one month before the big day.
Invitations range wildly in price, depending on paper weight, printing style and embellishments, but Doherty says there are many ways to save.
“Costs can be minimized by choosing offset printing instead of thermography or letterpress,” she says. “Simple things like adding a ribbon or a crystal or using multiple fonts can take something ordinary and make it beautiful.”