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10 interesting invitation ideas for vintage wedding themes

Nostalgia is the strongest vibe at a well-executed vintage-inspired wedding! The past is a beautiful place, because it is what our fondest memories are made of. Celebrating the past, as you step into a new chapter in your future, is a wonderful feeling. This is why vintage themes are still so popular.

Borrowing ideas and inspiration from the past decades is easy, as all we have to do is turn the pages of our memories. There will be many things that stand out powerfully, and these are what should feature in our wedding plans, as these are the elements we hold dear to our hearts.

Everything at a wedding starts with the invitations. These little information notes offer a sneak peek into what guests can expect at a wedding. Hence, your vintage wedding should also showcase the most striking elements from the vintage era that have influenced your wedding planning, or base it around the style that you have chosen.

Here are some fantastic ideas for vintage theme wedding invitations, and we are sure that the bride who loves nostalgia will be smitten by most of them. Come, take a look!

1.Lace invitations

One thing that most vintage brides love is lace. Lace is a beautiful and delicate work of art, that has evolved over the various decades into various styles. Nevertheless, it is one element that has always been a favorite. Treated as a sign of royalty in the previous centuries, this pretty element has even inspired many weddings with its finesse and whimsical details. Lace can also combine with elements like beads, rhinestones and pearls to take on a sparkling and more festive look. Hence, this is a perfect factor to use on your wedding day, and why not start with your wedding invitation itself. Just like fabric, lace designs on paper are equally bewitching. Depending on your preferences, you can even choose the specific type of design to match the rest of the lace you will be using at your wedding. Whether you prefer the rustic Battenburg style lace, pearls and lace work or the designs on doilies, we have invitations that are just right for any of your tastes.

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Featured here is a romantic vintage lace invitation taken from our vintage collection at Best for Bride.  Laser cut paper has been embellished with tiny sparkling details and lavish doses of shimmer to create a spellbinding beauty that your guests will certainly love. Other equally attractive options include a beautifully textured Battenberg lace invitation and the elegant pearls and lace invite.

2.Vintage monogram invitations

Monograms are a trending favorite, and this is the perfect design element for a vintage wedding invitation. Although monograms are usually considered contemporary, vintage monograms can be created without much difficulty with ornate calligraphy. The main reason we love the idea of vintage monograms as the defining element of an invitation, is that it can add a beautiful, personal touch without much complication. The same monogram design can also be used as the embellishment in your wedding décor. This is the easiest way to add an integrating element to wedding scene. Another factor to remember is that monogram invitations are the perfect way to make your invitation uniquely yours, as it is uncommon for two couples to share or choose the same design for their initials.

This vintage monogram invitation from the Best for Bride wedding stationery collection is an elegant and attractive choice for any vintage style wedding. Fashioned in the classic black and white combination, it features a translucent overlay with the monogram print lying over the actual invitation message. The two pieces of paper are tied together with a beautiful black satin ribbon, that adds the finishing touches to this beautiful invitation card.  You can find out all the details regarding this invitation as well as place your order for this design at this link.

3.Wispy floral detail invitation cards

Hand drawn florals were a beautiful attraction in the last century, and flowers done in pretty watercolor style with a touch of shimmer were always a favorite with the masses. This popular style was often seen on Christmas, birthday and aniversary cards, and reminds us of the paintings that adorned many homes in the last few decades. Although this form of art may have given way for newer, modern styles, the design continues to inspire and has an unbeatable vintage vibe. Simple yet beautiful, watercolor floral details on a white invitation card make a perfect addition for every vintage-inspired wedding, and we are sure this will be a pleasant choice for the bride who loves nostalgia, and the guests at her classic wedding.

This card from the Best for Bride Bat Mitzvah collection contains colorful flowers in a soft range of pastels adding a lovely touch to all four edges of the card. Further charm comes into the picture, through the addition of glowing rainbow foil frames and a sprinkling of shimmer all along the sides. Although the card is flat and full color printed, it has a touch of class and will be liked by many couples. Perfect for a garden wedding, or even an indoor wedding where the décor contains many floral elements, this printed invitation is paired with plain white envelopes. To find out more about ordering this invitation and customizing the details for your wedding day, check out this link.

4.Art deco wedding invitation

Art deco was the prominent decoration style that flourished in the 1920’s and 1930’s. The style is characterized by precise and perfect bold geometric shapes and designs. The patterns and colors used in this style are indulgent and rich. The luxurious details were done in bright and very stylish colors like gold, silver and bold shades like black, navy and red. This style heralded a whole design movement, and it appeals to one and all, because of it’s rigid lines and structures that are complex but attractive. Brides who love structured and organized designs with a flair of details that look interesting from various angles will love the charm of art deco invitations.

The invitation featured here is an example of very beautiful art deco work, and it belongs to our vintage invitation collection at Best for Bride. The lovely design is in black and white, but the colors can be changed to match your preferences. Notice how the simple repeated design is distinctly enchanting. It is not too cluttered, but the repetitive motifs add extra charm to it. You can place your order for this invitation by visiting this page on our wedding invitations website.

5.Vintage country style invitation

One of the best things about the vintage years was how life was slow and full of color and music. Unlike today’s hectic life, where nobody has the time or energy to enjoy the small pleasures of life, the yesteryears were jovial, exciting and filled with small joys. People leisurely noticed the chirping of birds, as they walked through gardens with blooms, enjoying and marveling everything that nature had to offer. Not many people have the luxury to enjoy the spellbinding beauty of the countryside today, like they could in the past. However, it is a facet that will always be associated with the fondest memories of the past. An invitation card that captures the essence of the joys and music of the vintage eras, will be a beautiful addition to your wedding.

A nature-related silhouette that features songbirds and butterflies amidst a lush scenery of flowers on branches, all beautiful countryside icons, makes this invitation a wonderful sight to behold. The silhouettes are embellished with beautiful prints and patterns that make it all the more attractive. The surface is textured on both sides. The little details and the designed edging makes this invitation a beautiful work of art. We are sure that your guests will almost feel that wisp of fresh country air brushing across them the minute they open the envelope to reveal these pretty details. Find out how you can order this online-exclusive card by visiting this link to our online store.

6.Rich red rose details on invitations

When we think of the past, don’t we always find roses richly populating the scenery? Roses are an iconic symbol of the past, and though they are still as popular as ever, they are more closely associated with bygone eras and romances from the past. So, weddings inspired by rose-studded details are vintage, and these beautiful flowers are a wonderful inspirational element for a range of celebrations. To make it really classic and striking, roses have to be in colors like peach, salmon and pink, and accented with just the right amount of blacks and greens to look like they belong to another time. The best way to achieve the effect is to have a card that has the wordings ornately arranged in a border or colored rosey details.

In this invitation card, we love the way the lettering is embedded in a rich and colorful salmon colored flourish of roses. Further enhancing the romantic feel of this card is the translucent folder that this is tucked into.This overlay may be customized with a monogrammed detail, that further ties to the vintage theme, and makes the card a mesmerizing beauty. The cover is equally attractive with pretty roses studding the side, and providing a sneak peek into what the card contains. We think this is the perfect card for a rose garden wedding. Find more about ordering this card at this link.

7.Cork wedding invitation for the perfect distressed look

With time and age, some things grow more beautiful. There are certain things that bring along a succession of memories and just one look at these will immediately set the mood for a vintage wedding. This is why it is sheer genius to add that unusual touch of whimsical details to your wedding with beautiful cork invitations. Cork has forever been associated with aged wines, lovely vineyards and many more stories and memories from an age we can hardly remember now.

Here is a cork invitation card that is entirely different from anything we’ve seen before. Aside from the material that is used for the purpose, this card is equally attractive for the reason that the typography is unique and very nostalgic. The scroll style lettering and the distressed coloring that is so uncommon in wedding invitations makes this card a work of art that is instantly captivating. It is also a card that will work well at a vineyard wedding or be loved by wine connoisseurs. If you like this invitation card and would love to use it at your wedding, check out this link to find out all you need to place your order for it.

Vintage weddings are a wonderful style of weddings, and one that not just the present generation, but the previous generations also love. While we cannot return to the fun and energetic times of the past, we can at least recreate the beauty of that time through a wedding centered around that theme. And, setting the stage for the celebration are invitation cards that feature one of these essential elements,  like the ones we discussed today.

This is only a sample of the hundreds of invitations you can choose from, in our extensive collection of wedding invitations and other wedding stationery at Best for Bride. There is enough for every theme and color, style and budget. So, head over to our invitation suite when you have time to spare, and you can start with the task of choosing your wedding invitations today. For more wedding tips, advice and any other wedding needs continue visiting us at Best for Bride—your unique destination for everything bridal.

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10 wedding invitation mistakes to avoid

Your wedding invitation is a very important aspect of your wedding.  The invitation often offers your guests the first peek at what is in store on your big day. More importantly, it provides crucial information, like the date, venue and time. This allows guests to plan their availability and schedule your special day into their calendars. So, it is only necessary that you choose your wedding invitation with due care, and avoid any mistake in it.

Today, we will look at the most common mistakes that couples make when planning their wedding invitation. This will allow you to avoid the same, and do it right. So, here goes.

#1 Placing your order late

Wedding invitations should go out early, so your guests are informed on time and can send their RSVP’s early. You need the RSVP count early, in order to get on with the rest of your wedding arrangements. Since the RSVP’s are necessary to know how many guests will be attending, it is directly linked to finalizing your venue, planning the seating arrangements, quantity of food to be ordered, party favors etc. If you delay ordering your invitation, you automatically delay the time when it is sent out, and with it all the rest of the wedding plans are also delayed. So, once you decide to get married, let the wedding invitation be on your top list of priorities. Set aside time to sort out the design, plan the overall look, draft the words to go with it, choose stationery and place your order. After that, it will still be a couple of days before you receive it. So, factor in all these aspects into your planning time line, and make sure you place your order as early as is possible, so there is no delay in the rest of your wedding plans.

#2 Making it too cluttered

Many couples make the mistake of going overboard with the design and wordings for their invitations. This can clutter  up the invitation, and the little details may not even be noticed. You can always use color, but do it in a manner that it is easy on the eye. Similarly, distribute the message in such a way that it fits neatly, and there is still plenty of empty space, so it doesn’t look stuffy. If you pack your invitation with information on every page, it can be overwhelming and your guests may not find it appealing at all. If there are too many details, it is best to divide it into sections and fit it neatly into separate pages. This will make it a lot easier to take in. Also pay attention to the font. Choose one that is not only easy to read, but is neat and matches the tone of the invitation. If you must have a long invitation message, consider stationery that is longer than it is wide, so it looks evenly distributed and streamlined.

#3 Adding too many details and colors

Similar to adding too much information in your message, too many details and colors can also take away the charm of your wedding invitation. It is true that your wedding invitation offers a sneak peek into what is in store for your wedding, but it is essential that you do it tastefully to create the right effect. If your wedding color palette includes several colors, don’t include all of them in the invite. Balance it out by mixing neutrals with the brightest colors in your palette. Similarly, forego the finer details like intricate designs that will be used at your wedding, or technically complicated stuff that can cost a lot, but may not turn out so dramatic on paper. What matters most is that your wedding invitation contains all the essential details that your guests must know. For the rest, less is more!

#4 Not proofreading your copy properly before printing it

There is plenty of chance for the words on your invite to go wrong. From the names of the couple, to grammatical errors, to important information like the date or time of wedding, everything has to be checked and cross-checked. So,  have it checked several times, and no mistakes are overlooked. Be attentive when you do your checking, and don’t hesitate to ask your family or friends to check for typos. A single typo can end up as an eyesore that you can do nothing about, once it is printed. The most good looking invitations can also fail if there are grammar or spelling mistakes in it.  So, do all you can to avoid it. Take your time when drafting the invitations. Look at the various options available and try each one out till you find the right choice. Don’t do a hurried edit, take your time to read through and make sure everything is alright. We suggest checking every word individually. It is also a good idea to leave the invitation untouched for a day or two after you draft it. When you then return to it, it will be easier to spot errors that you missed in the first check and correct them promptly.

#5 Adding the registry information in the card

It is a breach of wedding invitation etiquette to include your registry information on the card. It will not only look as though you are fishing for gifts, it is simply not the right place to do it. The intention of the invitation card, like the name suggests, is to invite a guest to your wedding. So, focus on that. Whether you want gifts or not, don’t make any mention of it on your wedding invitation. Some couples add a “No Gifts please” statement to their wedding invitations. Even this can be inappropriate. When a guest is invited to a wedding, they know they are usually expected to get the couple a gift. Nowadays, the common practice is to provide this information on the wedding website, which is a must-have for every wedding. So, they’ll either look for this information there, or else ask someone in the wedding party and find out. You can always include your wedding website URL in your wedding invitation. This should be sufficient for your guests to find your wedding registry, and choose a gift from the list.

#6 Doing a sloppy job of addressing the envelopes

Two common mistakes are to address the envelopes in a rush so it looks shabby, and using sticky labels to address the envelope. Addressing the envelopes should be a priority, as it is the first thing that your guests look at when they receive the invitation. Do it well, and you create a good first impression. If you do this yourself, make sure you do not do too many invitations in one go. Give yourself enough time to do it in batches. Also, your handwriting should be good, legible, and using a very good pen. The worst thing that can happen is your ink running out while you address an envelope. So, make sure that you have a spare pen in hand, all the time. Using sticky labels may seem practical, but it can ruin the appearance of your invitation. Also, it looks very impersonal and your guests would appreciate it more if you wrote or printed on the envelope directly. Consider hiring the services of a calligrapher or having the cards printed by the same stationer who prints the invitation cards. The latter will save you plenty of time and effort, will be neat and look professional.

#7 Ordering the wrong number

When you have a guest list in hand, you should be able to make an educated guest of how many invitations you will need. Remember that you do not need one invitation per person invited to the wedding, as many of them will be couples or families who can be covered with a single invite. The best way to sort this out is to edit your guest list, so all those who are covered under the same invitation come together on it. Once you have an idea of how many invitations will be required, you can add an extra 25%, just to be on the safe side. This will cover up for the last minute additions you may have missed, and also leave you with enough copies as keepsakes for your wedding treasure box. Read more about setting this up here, on this previous post. Ordering a few extras will also save you the trouble of going back and buying more cards, if you end up having lesser cards than you actually need. A fresh order can have you spending a for

#8 Not using a separate card for the reception

If the wedding ceremony and reception are at different venues, it is a good idea to use separate cards to clearly mention both the venue addresses and times, so there is no confusion. This is even more important if you haven’t invited everyone on the guest list to both functions. In which case, having two separate invitations for both functions is the best way to handle it. Just make sure that you separate both sets and address them correctly, so there is no confusion about who will receive which card. We also suggest that you add directions to the venue on either card, so it is easy for the guests to find their way to the venue on the day. Read more about what essential information has to be contained in an invitation card at our previous post here.

#9 Not using the required amount of postage stamps

When you mail your wedding invitations, you will have to send them with the correct postage stamps so they reach where they ought to. We often make the mistake of assuming that a certain number of stamps would be sufficient. If you put more stamps than the actual weight calls for, it will be fine. But if the number is lesser, it will lead to the card being returned and simply causing unnecessary delays. Don’t assume that the invitation will be just like normal postage. An invitation card will usually have several pieces of paper inside, and each of these can quickly add up, requiring you to pay higher postal charges. All you have to do to avoid this problem, is to take a sample to the post office, have it weighed and buy sufficient quantity of stamps to cover all your invitations. Also, don’t forget that you may need more stamps for cards that have to travel further.

Tip: Invitation cards of standard size and weight normally cost less, while bulky invitations cost a fortune in postage charges. So, remember this when you are considering odd shapes and unusual looking cards that may not fit into a regular letter box. You may be better off avoiding more inserts than is absolutely required, as each piece can contribute to added postal charges.

#10 Sending the invitation card too late

Just like ordering the card late can cause a lot of inconvenience, sending it out late can do the same. Your guests should be informed of your wedding plans well in advance, so they can mark their calendars and make their plans by setting aside any other engagements. You should send it at least two months before the wedding date, so there is enough time for it to reach the recipient, time for them to return the RSVP and plan their activities on the day. Place your order early, address the cards soon after you have them printed and send them out in the post immediately afterwards. This way everything will progress smoothly and without confusion.

This covers all the likely mistakes you can make where your wedding invitations are concerned. So, stay one step ahead of the game and avoid all these problems. At Best for Bride we have a dizzying array of invitations including the ones in this article. There are amazing offers too, so you get the best deal for your money. Check out our website here today, to choose your special wedding invitation card and place your order right away.

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Cost-cutting tips for your wedding invitations

Your wedding invitations offer the first sneak peek into your wedding, and it is a reflection of your taste and personality. Hence, you should make sure you choose well.

Wedding invitations involve a lot of stationery, and this can quickly add up to quite an amount of money. There are DIY kits, which allow you to customize and create your own signature style invitations. However, you may not have the time to do it all. So, here are some tips to help you get the best for the money you spend, when choosing your wedding invitations.

Start early and find great deals

As with everything related to weddings, the sooner you start, the more chances you have at finding better offers. If you do not rush your wedding invitation supplier, you are more likely to get a good deal. Also, you will have time to search around and compare vendor prices, and choose the best on offer.

Opt for thermography, instead of engraving and embossing

Engraving and embossing are traditional styles of invitation printing. They are classic, but very pricey. If you cannot afford the huge price tag accompanying them, look at thermography instead. The print looks similar to embossing, but is much cheaper. The benefits do not end here. It can also be done much faster, and the look isn’t very different from the engraved one. Both feel the same to the touch, and the difference can be felt, only when you rub the front and back of the letters at the same time. Well, do you think your guests will bother to go into such details!

Check for package deals and buy in bulk

Most vendors can print all wedding stationery. This includes wedding invitations, rehearsal dinner invites, menu cards, place cards, programs and thank-you cards. Look at vendors who do this, and ask for a discount if you order all your printing from them. Since you will anyway be investing money for all this paper, you might as well do it at one place and get a better deal.

Pay attention to postage charges

Wedding invitations go through the mail, and this means you have to pay for postal stamps. The size of your invitation will determine the postage charges. So, do your research before you choose your invitations, and stick to an envelope size that will help you stay within budget.

Skimp on the extra bits

Each piece of paper that goes into your wedding invite comes at an additional cost. So, consider what is necessary and what isn’t. Avoid inset papers and extra decoration, and choose a simple, but elegant design that conveys all the necessary information. Draft your invite so it is comprehensive but uses less space. With a little planning, you can make your invitation an impressive bombshell of information, but within minimum space.

Check out this link on Best for bride for the various invitation options we have on offer. You can find plenty of inspiration, options for customizing your wedding invitations to match the wedding theme, and also contact us for placing your orders, here.