(Closed) why do people put so much work into invitations?

posted 6 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
1736 posts
Bumble bee

The invite sets the tone for a wedding. If you are having a casual, laid-back affair – I think it’s completely reasonable to send invitations that set that tone. However, I think that a lot of people (myself included) not only used the invites to set the tone of the wedding…but also to speak to our personalities and what makes us unique as a couple. Lastly, it shows respect for our invited guests. I always feel special when I receive a wedding invitation – I love getting them in the mail!


Post # 4
2697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Do the Walmart route if you’re cool with it. I didnt’ find anything there I liked, so I designed my own on vistaprint but they were minimal–1 envelope, 1 insert, and the invite. I got compliments on them matching the venue, though

Post # 5
5273 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I feel that the invite helps set the tone for the wedding and gives insight as to who you are as a couple, and how you plan to celebrate your party – plus I wanted a cute memento. 🙂 

Post # 6
5075 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

who said it wasn’t good enough?  Do whatever you like.

Post # 7
33 posts
  • Wedding: October 2012

The invitation sets the tone for the wedding.  A guest is supposed to be able to get a feel for how formal the event is/what to wear from the invite.

It’s also personal preference.  If a fancy invitation doesn’t add any value for you, it’s probably not worth your time/money.

Post # 8
4193 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

I did, because it was fun. I’m a former graphic designer, and I loved every minute of designing our stationary pieces. We’re getting married at an industrial museum, so I had gears on a lot of the pieces (totally threw Mom off- “I thought invitations were supposed to have flowers on them”)

Post # 9
2580 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I printed my own invitations and placecards from sets from Michael’s. They were definitely easy, but we did want something that looked nice because I agree it sets the tone for the wedding. We just picked what we liked!

Post # 10
1917 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I agree with others that it sets the tone of your wedding.  I put a lot of effort into designing my invitations and paper goods, and was really pleased with the way that it came out.  If you want to get fill in invitations for your wedding, that’s totally fine. 

Post # 11
3569 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I don’t think because someone is putting time and effort into their invitations that means they are automatically thinking walmart isn’t good enough, they just have different taste and style. If that what you want to do for you wedding go right ahead.

I also suppose you could argue that most guest don’t care about linens,centerpeices, diy projects, table settings, however it adds personality and ambience to the day.  In the same way invitations set the tone. I like color, different textures, and the beautiful handwriting to set the formal tone of my wedding. So there is a lot of effort going into chossing paper, and materials, and picking a calligrapher I know some guest will appreciate it and like it even if it is eventually going to end up in the trash.

If you don’t see the use for all of that work and effort, or you just like the ones you find at walmart then go for it. No need to be judgemental about other people’s choices for their wedding.

Post # 12
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Most people just like to set the tone and class of their wedding through the invitation. I’ve received insanely intricate wedding invites and very plain but cute invites. They both set the tone: the intridcate invite led to a very large, traditional ceremony/reception, while the plain and cute invite led to a small, DIY wedding. It would be weird if you switched up the invites to the other wedding. Just depends on what you’re going for.

Post # 13
3770 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

I’m looking forward to making my own invitations as a reflection of the fun and quirky nature of both our wedding and our personalities!  It will be a lot of work but I totally want to make them special.  If people decide to throw them away in the end that’s fine, but I want to put the work and myself into them.

Post # 14
4676 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Personally I find the invitation sort of an introduction to the event (or as other ladys here said, sets the tone for the event).  I spent a lot of time on mine because I wanted to let my guests know a little bit about my event and a little bit about me.  Also, as a detail oriented person I am putting a lot of time into this event.  I want my invites to say that my wedding is going to be worth the drive, plane ride, hotel stay, ect.  

But no one is saying you have to spend a lot of time on invites, if it’s not your cup of tea, don’t.  

Post # 15
222 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

You definitely don’t have to go crazy designing invites. You can put as much or as little into them as you want, I think it’s a personal choice. Sets are for sure a good way to go and there are so many nice ones out there, too!

And I agree with @GroovyHippieChick.

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