What makes an invitation formal, semi-formal, or casual?

posted 3 years ago in Paper
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
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Busy bee

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
mswallabyBee
2070 posts
Buzzing bee
  • 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. 

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 8 months ago by  Mrs. Wallaby.
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