Post # 1
We’re in the process of ordering invitations, I’m not sure what makes an invite formal, semi-formal, or casual. I’ve only recently found out about how invites should match the formality of the wedding, and after Googling all 3 types of invitations, they all look the same except for some casual designs. Our wedding will be semi-formal, so besides the type/weight of the paper, what should I be looking for?
Post # 2
I think a lot of it is in the type/weight of the paper. Design can also make it appear more casual or formal.
Post # 3
I think it also has to do with the way it’s addressed, i.e. “Mr & Mrs . John Smith request the pleasure of your presence at the wedding of their daughter …” versus some of the ones that are modern now that say: “John and Jane invite you to join them on their wedding day…”
Most places will let you customize all that wording, so it really depends on the style of your wedding.
Post # 4
There aer several things that point towards formality level> Heavy weight paper is more formal than lower weight. white/cream background with only one color text is more formal than using lots of color or lots of pattern/design. Sticking to a font or two is more formal than using several fonts. Langauge can be formal/causal. More formal invitations also often have more pieces.
Post # 5
I think formal invitations look more simple. if there is a lot going on, a lot of colour, etc they look more casual to me.
Post # 6
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
Oh don’t worry too much about it! Just pick out a design that you love, and go with it. There are so, so many different options out there that I don’t think there’s a clear line between casual and formal invitations. I *guarantee* you that no one is going to grumble, “those invitations were too formal!” Or, “those invitations were too casual!” when they get yours in the mail.