If you’ve recently gotten engaged, you have a lot of work to do. From picking out the perfect dress to renting your reception hall, you have a busy few months ahead.
One of the most important elements of your wedding is the invitation. Instead of going the traditional route and having your invitations printed, make them more personal and creative.
Here are five great ideas for the modern wedding invite:
1. DVDs Instead of having your wedding invitations printed on paper, send a DVD to everyone on your guest list. You can have DVDs duplicated for a great price and can load them with anything that you choose. From videos to graphics; pictures to music, the content of your DVDs will be limited only by your imagination. If you have photos or videos of yourselves as a couple, include these on your discs. You can include the date, time and place of your wedding and reception at the end of the disc.
2. eVites You may think that it’s impersonal, but virtually everyone has an email address. There are dozens of sites that will allow you to create a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind evite for all of your friends and family. Some sites allow you to create collages, slide shows and even photo books. Smilebox.com and evite.com are just two such sites that you can use to create amazing electronic invitations.
3. Maps Every couple has favorite destinations around town. Look for maps of your city that you can purchase or print from your computer. Spend an afternoon circling a handful of your well-loved destinations and adding little blurbs explaining just why you love these places so much. One of the destinations that you circle should be your wedding venue. Instead of a blurb about the venue, add the date and time of your wedding.
4. Vintage Postcards We all know that what’s old is new again, and what better reason to channel “something old” than your wedding? Vintage postcards are absolutely beautiful, and they can be a cost-effective way of inviting loved ones to your wedding. You can find vintage postcards on eBay, Etsy or even your local flea market. Look for a theme that you love and stick to it. You may want to find vintage postcards featuring Paris, for example, or those with a love theme. Write the date and time of your wedding on the back and pop them in the mail.
5. Homemade Scrapbooking is a popular pastime and card-making is quickly gaining ground. If you love to work with paper products, why not make your own wedding invites? If you scrapbook, there’s little doubt that you already have all of the materials that you’ll need. If you aren’t the crafty sort, you may have a friend or family member who would be willing to lend their talents to your cause; don’t be afraid to ask.
You don’t have to head to the print shop or party store to order your invitations. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to weddings. Get creative, scour the web for inspiration and come up with wedding invitations that are as unique as you are.
Ken Osteen likes to attend special events, such as weddings, and make memorabilia for the bride and groom. As you can see here, you can have memories saved on a DVD to share with your family and friends.