A Save the Date card, or ‘STD’ as it is known in the wedding planning world, is an ideal way of letting your family and friends know that there is a wedding a foot and that you would love them to join you on your special day, and of course to reserve the day for merriment and joy. There are many ways in which you can convey this message, and important when it comes to etiquette.
The thing about Save the Date cards is that if you are opting to use them, then it will be the first item of wedding stationery the guests will receive. If you want to create an impression, then you may need to put some thought into the design, especially if you want the wedding invitations to follow suit. However, some brides and grooms opt to have their Save the Date cards stand out from the rest of the wedding stationery, and then opt to use folded cards, to postcards and magnet cards to act as reminders, some couples even send out bookmarks that are customised to their wedding theme. Let us find out more on Save the Date cards, how you can DIY them and much more.
The main reason why one should have a Save the Date card would be for two main reasons, one being the fact that they are hosting a destination wedding or that their wedding falls on a holiday season. If you want your friends and family to attend your special day, then you need to give them prior notice so that they make the necessary arrangements to be there to share the joy. When it comes to sending out your Save the Date cards, eight months would be considered polite, giving them time to take care of financial considerations and other such things.
When it comes to a DIY Save the Date, then you can take on much more. You could opt to use a word processor and do them yourself by selecting clip-art and putting together the save the date wording, which would usually include the names of the bride and groom, the date of the special day and of course the location. You could opt to illustrate it too, or even use fun typography. If you really want to keep it personal, then opt to have your DIY save the date as a photograph with no text whatsoever, and only featuring the wedding date and your name in banners in the photograph itself.
A wedding invitation is a number of things, but mostly, it represents the joyous union between the bride and the groom to be. For them, it is important how their first entree into the matrimony is presented. Your wedding invitations need to be well thought out, especially when you are opting for DIY wedding invitations. We have compiled some advice and well as tips to ensure that your vision comes to life. Everyone knows that words make the difference, so we are going to focus on how you convey your message in a beautiful way, which is perfect for your personalities.
The Basis of the Visual and Design Concept
It is always important to have a vision or even a visual or design concept for your wedding invitations. Sometimes, some of us opt to sketch it out before you go about looking for the one that best matches it, or we have them handmade, or we make them ourselves, the point of a DIY wedding invitations itself. Keep in mind that when deciding on the font for your wedding invites, that there are some predefined preferences in the industry, which carries an elegant look for your invites. These are usually curvy and stylish, where the typefaces are cursive or even serif. You rarely see san-serif fonts, and cartoon like fonts; unless that is the theme, you are going for. Choose your look carefully, try out a few samples, and put them side-by-side for an evaluation.
The Mood and Visual Aesthetics
There are various types of fonts, and are characterised by various factors such as the stroke weight, the width, slope which in turn refers to the types of scripts, serifs, which are divided into san-serif and serif, as well as cursive. You need to decide which font best suit the design you have in mind. If you were going for a modern look, san-serif would be apt, while if there were ornate or floral designs, then cursive would be the best choice. This also reflects the theme and mood, such as whether you are going for a romantic and warm look as opposed to something else.
Legibility and Readability of the Type Category
Being able to read the font clearly is very important when deciding on how best to convey your message in a beautiful manner, so make sure to try out the fonts you love and see whether the invitation wording and other information you are including are legible and readable.
Tips for Choosing a Font for Your Wedding Invite Design
- Try out different options of fonts and types and put them side-by-side to differentiate and assess
- Ensure that though the font looks beautiful, that it is also readable/legible
- Select the font sizing appropriately, depending on what you want to emphasize. Try out a few possibilities before you decide
- If you have chosen several fonts to be used on the same invite card, ensure that they blend or gel together.
- Ask for somebody else’s opinion too
Every wedding has to have a bouquet as an accessory for the bride, and over the years, bouquets have become such unique features that it has become an inspiration for many a thing. Therefore, in this instalment of DIY Wedding Invitations, we bring you Bouquet Inspired DIY Wedding Invitations.
If you already have a colour scheme selected, then all you will need to do is figure out the texture of the DIY invitation paper and the inspiration to decorate it in a way that blends well with your wedding theme. Now, if you are using DreamDay Invitations and their DIY wedding invitations kits, you have the ease of having your entire guest list printed as well as the invitation wording and such. When selecting your DIY invites, make sure you have some idea of the layout because it will be delivered to you so that they will be ready to have other wedding invitations and accessories attached to it. Now, onto the matter of what you can use to decorate these DIY wedding invitations, we have a few ideas in mind. Let us find out more about them, shall we?
Material Inspirations for Your DIY Wedding Invitations
Beaded bouquets are cute and dainty, and definitely different from any wedding bouquet you have seen. They can be considered a little sparse, but you can accessorise with more beads or accompanying materials. Like so, you can add beads or beaded strings, to blend well with your bouquet, ensuring that the colour scheme is the same. There is also the option of handmade wedding invitations from scratch, which involves adding beaded buckles with lace or ribbons. That is just one option you can take.
Another unique bouquet you can use is twigs as the main attraction. Add a rustic touch to your DIY wedding invitation with this accessory.
Brooches are lovely additions to weddings, but you can break the mould by opting for a bouquet of brooches and make it truly beautiful. Your DIY wedding invitation would be a brooch too, giving your invitees a wedding keepsake with your invite as well.
Fan Shaped Bouquet is something that is unheard of but entirely possible. So, shape your wedding bouquet in that manner and decorate your wedding invite to resemble a handheld antique fan as well.
Feathers are lovely to behold and the colours are truly spectacular. You can add a single feather or numerous ones to accessorise your DIY wedding invitation.
Buttons, similar to brooches can be ornate and beautiful. So find yourself admiring the beauty of your bouquet and your wedding invite when you opt for this accessory.
Wires are similar to twigs but can be shaped to your liking. Deck your bouquet with some lovely designs and use that as inspiration for your design on the DIY wedding invites.
Fruits and Vegetables are great additions to your decor and using them for your bouquet is quite creative. Use inspiration from the fruits and vegetables, from the colours or shapes and use it in the decor and design of truly unique wedding invites.
Fabric Bouquets as also great options, and are cost efficient. When making your fabric flowers, have a few more made for your DIY wedding invites, and use it as the highlights of the floral invitation and blend your wedding elements together.