Invitations set tone, style for wedding


— One of the most important aspects of your wedding arrives in the mailbox. That's how guests first learn of your big day and what the mood will be.

Wedding invitations can run the gamut from traditionally formal to "anything goes," said Barb Feyka owner of Steamboat Specialties.

"It's all across the board," she said. "It depends on how you want to set the tone."

Invitations should reflect the atmosphere of the wedding. A black-tie occasion should be reflected with a formal invitation while a backyard event can be expressed with a flowery or non-traditional invitation, she said. However, couples can find their own unique styles within those guidelines.

"People try to make it personal," she said.

Feyka offers a Web site for couples to peruse hundreds of invitations that they can alter and order without ever having to come to the store. Couples also can choose to alter fonts and other touches on their order via the Internet at

The Print Shop in Craig offers couples a number of books printed in English and Spanish to choose the perfect invite. The store will print napkins and emblazon other items to match. Jodie Ovenden of the store said postcard invitations have become popular as a way for couples to save on postage. Usually couples coordinate invitations with the colors chosen for their wedding day, she said.

"We have all the stuff that the big cities do," Ovenden said. "Some invitations are serious; others are funny. You can print them to say whatever you want."

Brittany Lenker of Jackson's Office Supply in Craig said some like invitations printed in bright colors. However, "there is no right or wrong."

"It's whatever you like," Lenker said.

The store offers books for couples to choose and order invitations. It also offers paper of varying weights for the do-it-yourself couples who want to create invitations on a printer at home.

"We have a lot of fancy paper," she said.

Lenker estimated invitations may cost about $1 each, but those costs could rise significantly with added touches.

Invitations with multiple layers and ribbons increase the pricing, Feyka agreed. Response cards and envelopes printed with the return address can increase those costs, she said.

But including a return address on the invitations and ordering a couple extra is never a bad idea, Feyka said.

"There's always someone you remember at the last minute," she said. "It's nice to have a few extra invitations to put in your scrapbooks."

Feyka said it's a courtesy to give out-of-town guests longer notice but generally wedding invitations should be sent about six to eight weeks in advance. Some couples also chose to create pre-wedding invitations or "save the date" cards, especially if they are expecting lots of traveling guests.

Every couple can find invitations that will highlight their special day, no matter the budget, Feyka said.

"You can find price ranges for any kind of invitation," she said. "You can find everything that is being done."


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