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The Biggest Wedding Invitations Do’s and Don’ts I See as a Wedding Invitation Designer

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A wedding stationery designer with a love of coordinating envelopes, watercolor envelope liners, wax seals and classic letterpress!

Designing timeless stationery in Findlay, Ohio for romantic couples.


I might be biased as a wedding invitation designer, but I believe that wedding invitations are one of the most important things to consider for your big day. They set the tone for your wedding, help your guests plan accordingly, and show off your personal style. Not to mention, they serve as precious keepsakes for you and your guests for years to come. With so many options and details to consider, it can be easy to get overwhelmed.  As someone who’s been crafting custom wedding invitations for years, I’ve seen it all – from the splendidly opulent to the charmingly minimalistic. Today, I’m going to spill some secrets on the absolute do’s and don’ts for your wedding invitations!

First, Let’s Start With the Do’s:

While I’m a big believer that there are no “rules” when it comes to your wedding invitations (or wedding day), here are a few things I love to see couples prioritize.

Personalize Your Invitations

Your big day is uniquely yours, and your invitation should reflect that. Whether it’s the color scheme, a special motif that means something to both of you, or even a whimsical illustration of you two, go for it! The invite sets the mood for the wedding and gives your guests a glimpse of what’s to come.

Provide Clear Information

Your wedding invitation should include all the necessary information for your guests, such as the ceremony and reception locations, dress code, and any additional events or activities. Make sure the information is clear and easy to read, and consider using a separate information card if you have a lot of details to share. I go into more detail about what to include on your wedding invitations here.

Include RSVP Cards

It’s not just a formality; it’s practical. I know that it’s become trendier to opt for online RSVP’s, but your more technologically challenged guests will appreciate the sentiment. Plus, there’s something delightfully old-school about receiving an RSVP card in the mail. A little extra advice? Instead of numbering your RSVP cards, I’ve been printing the guests name on the RSVP envelope instead! That way no RSVP’s ever get lost.

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Proofread… Then Proofread Again

Trust me – typos sneak by more than you think if you don’t proofread. I always tell my couples to make sure they proofread every detail, and then proofread again before your wedding invitations go to print! Check for spelling errors, incorrect dates or times, and missing information. Have a trusted friend or family member read over them as well to catch any mistakes you may have missed. You can never be too careful!

Next, Here are the Don’ts When it Comes to Your Wedding Invitations:

Here are three of the biggest “don’ts” I see made when couples first start to shop for their wedding invitations.

Overcrowd the Card 

When it comes to wedding invitations, it’s crucial to strike the right balance. You want to convey all the necessary information without overwhelming your guests. To achieve this, opt for a simple and clean design, avoiding the temptation to use too many fonts, colors, or graphics. Embrace white space to create an elegant and timeless aesthetic. If you wish to include a timeline or additional details, consider adding extra pieces to your wedding invitation suite rather than cramming everything onto a single card. This way, you can ensure a cohesive and delightful experience for your invitees.

wedding invitations do's and dont's - have a details card instead of overcrowding the card

Neglect the Details 

When it comes to your wedding invitations, paying attention to the small details can truly make a monumental difference. Consider using luxurious, high-quality paper that not only adds a touch of elegance but also exudes a sense of sophistication. Explore various printing techniques that can beautifully showcase your chosen design, whether it’s a subtle embossed texture or a stunning foil accent. By investing in these thoughtful details, your wedding invitations will become an exquisite keepsake that sets the tone for your special day and leaves a lasting impression on your guests.

Rely Only on Digital Invites 

Digital is great, especially for reminders or informal events. But for your wedding? The tactile experience of opening an envelope, feeling the card, and experiencing the design firsthand is irreplaceable. While e-vites can complement your physical invites, especially for tech-savvy friends, they shouldn’t replace them entirely.

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Wedding Invitations Do’s and Don’ts

Wedding invitations are an exciting part of your wedding planning process and by following these dos and don’ts, you can create beautiful and functional invitations that will impress your guests and set the tone for your big day. If you’re looking for a custom wedding invitation designer who can help you create beautiful and unique invitations that reflect your style and vision, I would love to connect with you. Schedule a complimentary consultation here!