Finding Wedding Invitations that Fit

  • Does it fit your taste
  • Does it fit your expectation
  • Does it fit your budget

Those are just three basic questions you can ask yourself when it comes to picking out a wedding invitation. While the first two may seem like they are the same, they're not.

Your Tastes

They differ from my tastes, but that isn't a problem. At one point that could have very easily been different. A little more than a decade ago there weren't many options for the bride to be when it came to picking out an invitation. NO personalization, at least not in the same way as we are afforded today and the price tended to be high when you wanted that look that was you.

Today you can find wedding invitations that cover a broad range of tastes. Further more they can,

Your Expectations

When you sit down and begin planning what you want for your wedding a thought or two will certainly be given to the type of wedding invitation you would like to have. For many of us we have put more than just a few thoughts into the subject. And no matter what you want there is a good chance you will find it. It just depends on what you're after. To make things easier it helps to identify what you want. Here are a few questions you can ask yourself when it comes to invitations.

  1. What would I like? You need to go with your (to avoid a cliché I won't say gut) feeling. Your first thoughts, or the ones that are most dominate will definitely point you in the right direction.
  2. How much are you willing to spend per invitation. To figure this out you will need to know, or have at least a rough estimate of how many people will be attending your wedding. If you will be inviting ten people/couples you can usually afford to spend a little more on an invitation. But if you will be hosting a large wedding, over fifty guests, you can see how that changes things.
  3. What is important and what would be nice. These are two aspect of shopping for a wedding invitation that play a big role in what we end up picking out in the end. Wedding 123 has a nice page that gives you some ideas of the varied levels of important different couples might place on picking out a card for their big day. When you sit down and begin looking through your options make sure that you focus on what is important to you. If nice also fits into the package that is a bonus.

It can be difficult meeting all of the little criteria we tend to set on basic things like paper products but when it comes to celebrating a wedding we tend to ere on the side of too much rather than too little. One reason we place such high expectations on everything is because it is, for the majority of us, something that we see ourselves doing once. And because of that we become compulsive protectionists. Which is easy to do. But it is just as important to remember that if we set our expectations too high we'll never be able to meet them.

Your Budget

Purchasing wedding invitations can be a large investment. And for some couples may be among the top three expenses after food & entertainment and reception venue. An average (per piece price) for invitations can easily exceed $2.00 (an average postcard cost around $1.00). And prices can easily sore above that depending on what you want.

If you decide to send complete sets, every detail matches, with elegant laser cut paper and other luxury options they can skyrocket. Each one costing most than a small gift. Depending on how much importance you have placed on them this may be what you want. While other couples have taken pains to save, rather placing the money into other aspects of a wedding. Or choosing to enjoy a more romantic honeymoon.

One way this can be done is by simplifying the whole package. When we think of postcards we tend to think of simple slips of paper sent while on vacation to such recipients as our great-Aunt Gertrude. The message is simple. "Having fun, weather is nice." Well wedding postcards are a little different. True it is a single slip of paper. But they are customizable, they are in other words tailored to your tastes. And they can just as easily be sent tucked inside a nice envelope as without. And once you have slipped it in an envelope is it still a postcard?

Double Sided Invitation

Many of the invitations sold today are just that. A single slip of high-quality paper. The postcards found here are printed on 120 lb. paper. Just take a look at the site we linked to before. Or you can find some good examples on here.

But can't the same be said for a postcard?

It can in fact. And many of the options found on this site can easily double as a beautiful and most importantly affordable, wedding invitation. In fact many of the artists who have created these postcard templates designed them with that in mind. You can easily modify one of the pieces here to fit the look and feel you're going for.

Or these pages are just as well suited for a beautiful invitation.

There are currently close to 40,000 pages for you to look through. And if you can't find what you're looking for on one of those, there is a good chance you won't be able to find it. Hopefully you see the benefit of sending out a postcard for your invitation needs.