The great news for those who are unaccustomed to writing wedding cards as well as wedding invitations is that there are no hard and fast rules.
Strewn across the internet are sites and pages dedicated to explaining the etiquette for crafting one of these items, but the truth of the matter is that this is a creative process where the canvas is blank.
If this domain happened to be a one-size-fits-all event, then there would be no fun to have and every couple would receive an identical copy.
When a couple is about the tie the knot and you wish to send your congratulations, it can be difficult to pick the right words and present a card that fits that ideal aesthetic.
Here we will open a discussion on a few key fundamentals to follow, each one designed to make the process fun and easy.
Wedding cards do not need to include photographic images of the couple or interactive elements including musical tunes or glitter to make a song and dance about the item. Simple is good. Whether you opt for a modern floral aesthetic, a retro makeup from the 1940s or 50s, a tastefully elegant look or something a little more left of center with an art deco presentation, keep it simple.
By utilsing a border with the names in large bold font, provide a condensed but heartfelt message and ensure the design does not go above and beyond what you would expect to receive as an engaged couple. Font that is centered is ideal in these circumstances as well, illustrating a degree of formality and importance to recognise and respect the significance of the upcoming nuptials.
Customise Font For Your Own Purpose
In order to create a tone that suits for the wedding cards, it is worthwhile opting for a font that falls in sync with that intention. If you would like it to be light and funny, purely formal, for a close family member, a distant family member, a coworker or a couple who are overtly religious, then customise the font to suit for that occasion. Popular choices in this department include Didot, Mandevilla, Bodoni and ITC Avant Garde Gothic.
Ensure Card Is High Resolution
High resolution wedding cards help the creator and recipient in a number of ways, but most of all it is a way to create quality control when the printing process is at hand. Small resolution cards open a number of difficulties for printers and there is a greater chance that the final product will appear washed and rushed. The higher the resolution, the more pixels there are to work with and the better the item will appear in physical and digital copies respectively.
No matter which tone you are trying to strike, there is no example where wedding cards are not enhanced by some bright colour to make the item pop. This is not to say that bright yellows, reds and oranges are suitable, just that the choice should be definitive. A dark navy blue or even a beige can be distinctive under the right circumstances.
Final Thoughts: Don’t Overthink It
In 2018 there are a number of different ways you can approach wedding cards. In the digital age these are items that could be broadcast on social media channels to elicit a wider response, but remember this is a personal message being mailed from one party to the next. The best advice in this respect is not to overthink the process, examine some templates and examples online, speak with a local printing provider and see what suits your tastes and your budget. You have to source your own inspiration in these moments because no one can dictate to you what you prefer.