Sunday, February 12, 2006
It used to be that wedding invitations were standard fair, with little variation.
But with technological innovations, soon-to-wed couples are able to personalize their invitations while choosing from hundreds of varieties and styles.
"There's no one set thing," said Fran DiBartolo, owner of Party Smart Steamboat. "It reflects their personality."
Invitations can be humorous, serious or anything couples want them to be, experts say.
But they should reflect the tone of the occasion. Formal invitations should reflect a formal affair. But for a casual wedding, nontraditional works fine, experts say.
These days, Party Smart is seeing a trend toward earth and natural tones in invitations.
With computerization, the betrothed can customize their invitations, including adding photographs.
At Party Smart, customers can choose from hundreds of styles.
Compared with choosing the gown and the venue, selecting invitations may seem easy. But it's one of the most important parts of wedding planning, DiBartolo said.
"It helps couples to get organized," DiBartolo said. "They need to know what the guest count is."
Couples also should choose their invitations months in advance so they have a good idea how many guests to expect, DiBartolo said.
"I would say they should choose their invitations at least 10 months in advance; they really need to finalize their list and get their stationery mailed at least six months in advance," she said.
Jodie Ovenden, co-owner of The Print Shop in Craig, also encourages customers to avoid waiting until the last minute to choose their invitations.
The Print Shop also has hundreds of invitations from which to choose. It offers wedding invitations in English and Spanish.
Increasingly popular is a postcard-style invitation. Traditionally, invitations are sent in two envelopes. But postcard style is meant to simplify the process.
Then there are couples who want all the extras, including ribbons and other touches.
Couples should remember to give out-of-town guests extra time to respond to invitations. And it never hurts to order a few extra invitations for keepsakes or last-minute guests.
By ordering invitations early, couples are doing themselves a favor, DiBartolo said.
"You have to face your budget and know what your guest count is," DiBartolo said.