Brides with low budgets or with a shorter timelines between the engagement and the big happy day may choose to forgo sending out wedding announcements or save-the-dates. This may indeed be the best choice, but what it does is it puts the wedding invitation into a limbo of save-the-date invitation hodgepodge So in order to help navigate this limbo, let’s highlight the number one things a wedding invitation is most definitely not.
Number one: A wedding invitation is not a yearbook.
While your guests may love you dearly, they don’t need an entire photo collage to see how lovey-dovey cute you are. There isn’t a problem with having photos on your invitation (especially for our DIY brides), but how about we avoid a collage kin to the one dedicated prom in your high school yearbook? Try, instead, to limit yourself to three photos. Two for the ones you can’t decide between and one for your groom to pick.
Number two: A wedding invitation is not a Bride’s modeling portfolio.
Sometimes when selecting a photo to go with your invitation, there is a tendency to focus only on the bride. Sure, it may be true that the bride is often the one who cares the most about how they look, not groom is going to appreciate it if he looks like a goof in a photo that will be distributed to everyone he cares for most. So when selecting a photo choose it based on what photo is best of both of you and shows how beautiful you are as a couple
Number three: A wedding invitation is not a college party flyer.
Unless your wedding theme specifically calls for it, thought bubbles, underlined texts, arrows, squiggly fonts, and abbreviated text, just do not belong on a wedding invitation. A wedding is not the kind of event that you want to tag B.Y.O.B at the bottom of your invite. Also, and possibly more importantly, a wedding invitation cannot survive on regular printer paper. It doesn’t matter how colorful it is, unless it is card-stock or something nicer, your wedding invitation will fall in league with advertisements for costumes at the temporary Halloween shop or discounts on car insurance.
I am sure there are some cases where these no-no’s may work, but they are a definite danger zone.