My wedding is in 6 months and I have begun sending my invitations.
My wedding invitations and nuptial website were gifted by my bestfriend/MoH whose brother in law owns a high-end wedding design studio (invitations, sites, merch, also they gave us art direction and other guidances / vendor refrences for the visual aspect of my wedding) love love love my monogrammed invitation and site, they perfectly suit my wedding theme (all-white wedding in a colonial manor).
What happened is that on the first 15 I sent (out of 100 targeted guests), I got 1 RSVP, and 14 refusals (!!!) most were from my parents' guests, my dad said because the invitation is too fancy, he made an invite with Microsoft Word using the most basic looking frames and fonts, print it on computer paper then sent it to his alternate guest lists, and they all RSVPed!!
Now I wonder if I should continue using the invitation which my MoH and her BiL paintakingly produce for me to use for free! The last thing I want is to effend them esp. after the TREMENDOUS help of a service which I otherwise won't be able to afford. In the other hand, I'm terrified that I would have too few guests on my wedding.