You want your wedding invitations to be perfect. Everyone does.
But you don’t want to blow your entire budget on those fancy ones.
And you aren’t necessarily sure that you can pull off a DIY version that looks polished enough.
As the first touch point between your guests and your big day, wedding invitations are an extremely important part of your planning process.
You can’t screw this up.
And as luck would have it, we found enough excellent articles on the subject to dedicate the entire first half of this week’s roundup to covering everything you need to know about putting together stunning wedding invitations in 2019.
1. Get to Know Your Paper
“Whether you’re meeting a stationery pro in person or browsing invitations online, you might find yourself overwhelmed by all the wedding invitation paper choices available to you—and you might not know how different they can be! Then there’s the printing techniques—embossed, foil-pressed, letterpressed—so many choices surrounding the card that will announce your big day.”
Rather than letting yourself get overwhelmed with options right from the start, we recommend checking out this article from our friends at WeddingWire. They break down 10 popular combinations of paper and printing that each make an excellent starting point for your wedding invitations.
2. Then There’s the Foil Option
Before you let yourself commit to a certain type of paper invitations, make sure that you also check out this article highlighting to benefits of using foil invitations.
If a bright, shiny gold look that jumps off the page is what you are looking for, this is the perfect option for your big day.
3. Digging Down Into the Details
“Wedding invitations are one of my absolute favorite wedding details, and if you ask me, I think they might be the most important wedding detail too! Not only do they serve the very important purpose of informing your guests, but they (and your Save The Date if you send them) are the very first thing that people will see when it comes to your wedding, and therefore set the tone for many other aspects of your wedding.”
Another fantastic place to learn more about wedding invitations is this piece from Every Last Detail that covers seven basic things you will want to know. This one is going to push you towards having your invitations custom made, and we certainly don’t disagree with that idea.
4. But What’s Trendy in 2019?
We’ve covered a lot of the wedding invitation basics at this point, but you’ll also want to consider the popular trends. This article from 100 Layer Cake breaks down some of the most popular wedding invitations and color palettes for 2019.
5. Or Ignore Tendy and Do Something You Love
Not everyone wants their big day to fit with the stylish trends of the year. Many people actually prefer to avoid trends and embrace a particular theme.
That is exactly what Chad and Jared did with their “High West Distillery Wedding” that was recently featured on Rustic Wedding Chic.
Even if you don’t borrow their invitation ideas directly, don’t be afraid to let their bold look push you outside the comfort zone of today’s trendy invitations.
6. Another Way to Avoid Having a Trendy Wedding
“If you’re looking to create an event that’s luxurious, chic, and timeless, then a classic wedding theme is the way to go. Forget the latest wedding decor trends — this style is all about using elements that will stand the test of time, from soft color palettes to monogrammed stationery, formal attire, and lots of bubbly, natch. We’re here to help you ace this elegant aesthetic with our handy guide, which breaks down everything you need to know about classic wedding style from start to finish.”
We love trendy weddings. We also love theme weddings. Heck, we love ALL weddings. But there is something special about the classic theme weddings.
This article from our friends at WeddingWire highlights eight of the most essential elements that you’ll want to incorporate into your classic wedding.
7. Don’t Forget Fido!
Leaving your pets out of your wedding planning can be difficult for animal lovers. If you are planning on leaving those furry members of your family at home on the big day, this article from The Knot suggests seven different ways that you can work them into the day in other ways.
We actually had a “puppy surprise” during one of our ceremonies this year, so getting your pets involved is something that we are always going to be 100% on board with.
8. Saying Yes to Multiple Dresses
Some brides are lucky enough to find the perfect dress. Those ladies don’t even have to make a decision. It’s completely obvious to them. Zero effort.
Other brides…well…that’s a different story.
If you are heading towards becoming one of the latter types of brides, this helpful article from The Wedding Playbook will give you some assistance in making that big decision.
9 Discount Cakes for Days
“Wedding cakes are often carefully crafted and jaw-droppingly beautiful, covered in intricate details like piped-on lace and delicate sugar flowers. The level of artistry and craftsmanship that goes into your average wedding cake is downright incredible…which might be why this edible artwork can be so expensive. These days, the average wedding cake in the United States costs between $300 and $700!”
We’ve seen some beautiful wedding cakes over the years, and the best looking ones never come cheap. However, this feature from Wedding Bee offers up some excellent tips for trimming down the cost of a wedding cake.
10. Then There are the Cupcakes
Wedding Bee also did a feature on wedding cupcakes this week that you won’t want to miss no matter what route you are going for your sweets. They cover everything from flavors to quantities with plenty of excellent advice stuffed between the gorgeous pictures.
We’ve hosted some amazing cupcake artists over the years, so don’t hesitate to reach out and ask for recommendations if this is a direction you are considering.
With so much space dedicated to invitations and sweets, this was a very focused week for the roundup. Make sure that you sign up for our email list below to get even more great wedding content in your inbox next weekend!