Announce the Big Day the Right Way

Your boyfriend proposed, and you said, “YES!” Now he’s your fiancé, and you’re neck deep in planning one of the most important events in your life, your wedding. Now it’s time to announce the big day.

Inviting guests to your wedding is among the most important tasks you’ll need to accomplish in the course of your wedding preparations, but it is also one of the most exacting. Everything on your announcement/invitation whether spelled-out or not determines everything from how your guests dress at your wedding to whether they give gifts, bridal registry cards, or nothing at all. Here are a few tips to help you get the right message out in the right way:

  1. Collaborate with him! Remember it’s not only your friends and family who will be interested in your wedding, so keep your fiancé involved. He can help answer the unanswerable as it arises in creating your announcement/invitation.
  2. Style is critical. Keeping a constant theme and color scheme throughout all aspects of your wedding will help produce the atmosphere you desire for your big day. This means that your announcement/invitation should echo the warmth and the love or the adventure and excitement or whatever feelings you want to enjoy on your special day. Whether traditional or contemporary, your announcement also needs to reflect the combined personalities of you and your fiancé.
  3. Photos. We’ve all seen the classic wedding invitations that have pictures and information in an envelope within an envelope. While old school, this is still an effective delivery method as plenty of room is available on the card to spell-out the necessary details your guests need to know. A newer, more trendy alternative is to send all of this information on 4” X 8” photo paper ala a post card! The neat thing is that either format can convey your style as well as the necessary information.
  4. Font. Just like the photos, the font says a lot about both your personality and how formal or not the guests can expect your wedding and reception to be. You may choose a fancy script font to suggest elegance and tradition, a standard font to suggest simplicity, or a more off-beat font to suggest adventure or light-heartedness. Whatever font you choose, however, make sure that it is legible. The more complicated the font, the larger it has to be for it to be decipherable, and that means headaches for your guests. But remember that this is your wedding, choose the font that best reflects you and your fiancé and don’t worry about it if your style doesn’t match up with the latest trends.
  5. DIY or PRO? While you may hope to save some money by doing it yourself, it does take a lot of time and effort to design, assemble, and address your invitations. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time if you’re a do-it-yourselfer. Your wedding and everything leading up to it should be enjoyable! If designing your announcement/invitations by yourself causes too much stress, grief and/or frustration, you may want to consider hiring a graphic designer that specializes in wedding invitations to do them for you.

Remember, the purpose for the announcement/invitation is to provide information for your guests. Be sure to include the following basic items:

  • Location.
  • Time and Date.
  • Parents of both the bride and the groom.

Some optional pieces of information you may want to include are: registry stores, travel arrangements, whether or not there will be a dance or some other activity, and whether or not guests should bring gifts.

In the end, the announcement is a way to let people know about your big day, so do it or have it done in a way that pleases you and your fiancé.

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