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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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Your wedding invitation checklist

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You have endless options to choose from when creating your wedding invitation. While you can be creative with words and make a remarkable invitation that allows your guests a sneak peek into what to expect, it is also necessary that it conveys all the essential information about your wedding. After all, this card is their go-to reference for everything related to the wedding; and you have to do it right.

To make things easy, we have created this checklist to help you make sure you haven’t left out any necessary details that your guests may seek.

Focus on the Four W’s

The basic idea of any invitation is to answer the four questions – Who, What, When and Where. Before you set off choosing stationery or making an impact with words, ensure that you explicitly answer all four of these questions, and the major portion of your invitation checklist is already covered!

Who: It is a good idea to start your invitation with the names of who is hosting the wedding (either your names or your parents names). Include the last names of both bride and groom in the card, so the guests clearly know whose wedding they’ve been invited to.

What: Next, inform them that the event is a “wedding,” using your choice of words.

When: To answer this question, cite the day, date and time of the event. You should either use a.m / p.m or in the morning / evening, to avoid any possible confusion.

Where: Provide the complete address of the location, including name of venue and street address, so your guests have no trouble locating it even when they are from out-of-town. You can add a location map as an insert, but since this can get lost it is ideal to have the address in the body of the invitation itself. If both the wedding and the reception are at the same venue, you can use a single invitation. Else, a separate card for each event, which clearly lists the specific venue address would be the sensible approach.

Guide to the Type of Ceremony

Specifying this will allow your guests to know whether they are to attend a formal ceremony in a house of worship, or an informal one. Leave no scope for confusion on whether they are invited to the wedding ceremony, or only to the reception. It also helps if you indicate whether it is a black-tie event or a casual ceremony, so they can dress appropriately.

Reply Request

It is a good idea to encourage your guests to confirm attendance, by clearly asking them on your invitation card. For this, include an R.S.V.P line on the lower left corner of the card, with the correspondence address, email or phone number cited clearly. Specify the month and date by which they should respond, so you have time to plan the rest of the arrangements.

Once you’ve accounted for all these details in your wedding invitation, enjoy selecting fancy stationery and spurning words to create a charming invitation. Best for Bride is your one-stop destination for the perfect selection of invitation cards to help you with this. Visit us to find invitation cards, and everything else you need for your wedding.

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Tips to consider when choosing a wedding invitation

Choosing to have a wedding invitation can cause fear similar to selecting the right wedding dress. This is because the first feeling will last a lifetime, and invitations tend to bring out the ideal theme and tone of the wedding. It will also become an unforgettable experience for your mother-in-law. Some of the tips to consider when making a wedding invitation include:

Determine your colors

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It is crucial to consider the colors for your wedding too. One might desire to incorporate a motif and colors in their wedding invitation and carry both of them to the remaining wedding paper which includes either ceremony programs, menu cards or escort cards. This forms a more unifying appearance. Contrary to choosing a formal white, cream or ivory card paired with gold or black font, you could consider having a brighter look comprising of metallic or colorful font, liners, envelopes and paper stock. However, it is essential to consider readability when selecting the colors.

Make invitations legible

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It is good to consider the text equally as the patterns and colors. This is because the information in the card is the reason for sending it to guests. You can choose to seek help from a stationer in your locality. However, avoid dark ink on dark backgrounds and light ink on light backgrounds. Pastels and yellow are usually difficult to read. Therefore, if you decide to go with them, it is crucial to ensure the background contrasts well for the letters to remain visible or incorporate the colors into the design instead of the text. Additionally, beware of text that is difficult to read such as an extreme scripted typeface.

Avoid overcrowding the wedding card

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Write down only the important points on your wedding invitation card. This includes the RSVP information, dress code (optional), and the names of the couple, the hosts, location and time of the event. The attempt to squeeze a lot of information onto the card can make it difficult to read hence not elegant. Leave out details concerning post-wedding activities for your website or have them printed on separate enclosed cards as well as directions to your wedding location. The place that you got registered should not belong anywhere on a person’s suite. The wedding website is the only acceptable place to write any information regarding registry.

Have your dates right

The RSVP information should be included on the bottom right corner of the card or a separate enclosure. It is also important to ensure that the deadline does not extend to more than three or four weeks after the invitations have been given to the guests.

It is advisable for an individual to purchase a sample of the invitation before deciding to make an order. This allows you to see the quality of the invitation card before making a large order. Viewing the product makes the whole difference.

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Your invitations set the tone for your wedding?

“Your invitations set the tone for your wedding”, is perhaps the most common and redundant phrase you will hear while you and your betrothed scrupulously plan that once in a lifetime milestone celebration. Your invitations are a reflection of your personalities and a visual representation of your love. Thus, they not only provide your guests with the first glimpse of this special day but they also set the expectations. A word of advice, don’t delay or skimp out on the most important preview of this spectacular day.

Having worked as a seasoned bridal consultant for 4 years and a wedding invitation shop manager for 2 years in my past life, I have quite a bit of insight into the planning process. Aside from the romantic notions, there are some very practical reasons why your invitations should be at the top of your wedding planning checklist. For the next 6-12 months your invitations will serve as your guide for almost every aspect of your wedding planning. I suggest getting your invitations 4-6 months before the wedding date. Turnaround and production time generally takes 1-2 months and you want to make sure your guests have plenty of time to make arrangements in their schedule for your special day. If you are having a destination wedding, send out your invites or a save-the-date card 1 year prior to your wedding day.

What is more important, however, is that by creating a custom invitation with a professional designer, you can nail down the look, theme, and colour scheme for your wedding. This “wedding scheme” is like an inspiration board of all your ideas, which will be required for almost every aspect of your planning. For example, many cake artists will ask you for the invitation as the inspiration for a cake. How will you coordinate your bridesmaids’ dresses? Nowadays brides are stepping away from the conformities of a single colour and choosing to do an ombré effect with their bridesmaids wearing various transitional colours. What about your bridal gown accessories? Will your shoes match your bridesmaids’ dresses or your bouquet? Or perhaps you want to match your groom’s accessories to your own, and the bridesmaids’ accessories to the groomsmen? And don’t forget the colour of your bouquet(s) and flower decorations. Decisions, decisions! All of these elements make up the look and feel of your wedding. All of these should reflect you and the groom on that special day.

Enter your multifaceted fairy-godmother bridal guru. Yes I am boasting, but ask any of my brides and they will confirm that their planning became a lot simpler after contacting me for invitations. I will become your personal wedding planning advisor. Once we sit down with your ideas, I will help you conceptualize your bridal vision. The invitations will become your mini inspiration board and will serve as a guide and help you make decisions in all the other items on your checklist. I am here to make your life a lot simpler and the process enjoyable.

Here are some helpful hints from White Dove about invitations, but if you are a bit overwhelmed with all the above aforementioned, please do take a breather, maybe grab a latte?

Here goes…

  1. Guest Sift: The first decision you should make before looking at invitation styles is the guest list. Sift, sift, sift. An easy way to make sure you don’t forget anyone is to separate the guests into categories, such as: bride’s friends, groom’s friends, bride’s family and their friends, groom’s family and their friends, mutual friends, and others. Write each category at the top of a sheet of paper and brainstorm. Take the appropriate papers to your family as well as your fiancé’s family to see if anyone was left off. When a number of all invited guests is reached, divide this number by two and add 25-50. The remaining number should be the amount of invitations you order, with the extra going towards potential extra guests or lost mail.
  1. Create a timeline and sense of urgency: Technically, invitations should be mailed 8-10 weeks (2 – 2.5 months) prior to a wedding. However, more than that is too early as many will put off RSVP’ing and then forget altogether. You should have your final headcount 1-1.5 months before the wedding. The sooner you receive your final guest attendance count by RSVP, the easier it will be to finalize your quantities and menu items (in case of food sensitivities or allergies) with your caterer, seating arrangements (seating charts), and rentals. Also, depending on your invitation choices, you may need as much as two months more for design and printing time, so be sure not to cut it too close. Ordering your invites early can save you money for rush fees and expedited shipping.

It’s a simple equation:

order invitations early = receive replies early = save money and your nerves

  1. Count Carefully: Be sure to count mailing addresses and not invited guests! Remember, many guests are invited as couples or as a family. If you have 100 total invited guests, you may only need 65 invitations. Add approximately 10 to 15 extras for last minute guest-list additions.
  1. Creative reply cards and website: Reply postcards are a really popular and great way to save money by avoiding the envelope. They can be well designed with a vintage emblem to look like an old postcard. You can also leave a blank space for your guests to reply with a note. Another idea I pitch to clients is that they can create their own wedding website for free and use it to communicate with their gusts as well as set up virtual RSVP. For the older generation of less tech-savvy guests like grandparents and foreign family members who speak a different language, you can purchase the physical reply cards. This will substantially lower your overall cost!
  1. Avoid using address labels if possible: You really don’t want your wedding invitations to look like a mass mailed corporate office mailer. My best suggestion is to hand write them yourself or get your family and bridal party involved! It’s a great way to spend some quality time…just tell them it’s a little party with lots of food and goodies (wink, wink) and then casually have each person address 10 envelopes for you. 10 people addressing 10 envelopes = 100 envelopes. Easy breezy and you had a fun time doing it! Who doesn’t love to see a hand-addressed envelope waiting for them in their mailbox? It’s that extra personal touch. Just an FYI, when you order with White Dove Invitations, we will always provide an additional 10 envelopes with your order for free just in case.
  1. Be neurotic about postage and mailing:Make sure that your invitations have the correct postage. Go to the Post Office to send them out and get them weighed. Ensure the ink and handwriting is clear and legible so that your good tidings arrive to their intended destinations. Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3…Mail one invitation to yourself as a test to ensure that you used proper postage. It’ll also be a keepsake with a postmark from your local post-office.

Hope these tips are helpful! Just remember, you only have one opportunity to make a first impression, so make it count.

Xo xo,

Alexandra

Invitation artisan for White Dove Invitations