Sarah Pace

A Complete Guide on Wedding Invitations

wedding invitations guide

Summary of this article:  Do you know this year’s hot wedding invitation card style leading by Bollywood star Shahid Kapoor? Would you like to know more complete guide about wedding invitations? Here will explain to you in details, including different wedding invitation designs, wedding invitation etiquette, wedding invitation wording and even digital invitation trend. What’s more, free wedding invitation templates of biggest stars are offered here. You’ll simplify yourself the process of selecting and sending your wedding invitations at no cost.


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Do you know Bollywood star Shahid Kapoor ? Have you ever seen above Hindi films where he plays a leading role in? As former eligible bachelor, Shahid Kapur, a well-known India actor, recently, left a trail of broken hearts as he married Delhi girl Mira Rajput, 21, on July 7.

Being this year’s big fat Bollywood wedding, his wedding with Mira Rajput may not have been as big and fat as Bollywood is used to, it has decoded the hottest trend in wedding seasons this year.

Click here to see more details about Shahid Kapoor wedding

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Among all the wedding trends leading by Shahid Kapoor wedding, the elegant off-white wedding invite has arouse much concern. People talked about Shahid Kapoor wedding invitation card with great relish not only for its good design but also the special wording. The wedding invite states that the ceremony will be held in a five-star hotel in Gurgaon. It bears the names of Mira's parents Bela and Vikramaditya Rajput alongside Shahid's mother Neelima Azeem, father Pankaj Kapur and his wife Supriya. In the wedding invitation card, the family also requested guests to not bring any gifts. Rather, the couple has requested all invitees to come and shower their blessings on them.

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From Shahid Kapoor wedding, we can know wedding invitation does much more than just announce the time, date, and venue—it also sets the stage of the most important event of one’s life. So, here come some questions: what’s an ideal wedding invitation card? What problems people will come across when receiving a wedding invite? And how to avoid the problems to choose a wedding invite style that sets the right tone and level of formality for the long-awaited ceremony and celebration?

All the above puzzles drives me to write this article, and I hope it will do some people a favor. This free guide will also offer some free wedding invitation templates similar to some biggest stars. To be both concrete and concise, below is the quick navigation for this long guide. For your better reading experience, you can be free to read a particular section of interest or read from start to finish.



Table of Contents / Quick Nav
Part 1:
Ideal Wedding Invitation Card
Part 2:
Different Wedding Invitation Card
Part 3:
Wedding Invitation Etiquette
1. For the Couple to-be1. Wedding Customs In Different Countries1. Why Should We Know the Wedding Invitation Etiquette?
2. For the Attending Guests2. Different Styles of Wedding Cards2. What Should We Know About Wedding Invitation Etiquette?
Part 4:
Wedding Invitation Wording
Part 5:
Modern Digital Invitation Trend
Part 6:
Celebrity’s Free Wedding Invitation Templates
1. Wedding Invitation Text1. What People Think About Digital Wedding Invitation?1. Select a Photo Editor to Design Your Wedding Invitation
2. Wedding Invitation Wording Samples2. Use Social Networking Tools to Post Wedding 2. Get Your Favorite Celebrity Wedding Invitation Templates Free


Part 1:
What’s the Ideal Wedding Invitation Card?

Nowadays, the increasingly elaborate selection of wedding invitations—from whimsical to traditional to contemporary—is enough to send any bride-to-be's head spinning. To find an ideal wedding invitation card is indispensable for it sets the whole wedding’s tone and theme. Then what is the ideal wedding invitation card? Everyone wants to know the answer. After do some research on website like yahoo.com, I summarize the result as below.


1-1 For the Couple to-be, An Ideal Wedding Invitation Should:

Suite wedding themes

Groom and Bride always have trouble selecting the perfect wedding invitation card for their wedding theme. When they see different invitation samples, they will soon fall in love with but are entangled that which to choose. So if you have already a good wedding theme in mind, then just be firm to select a wedding invitation card fit for your theme.

Own a creative wedding invitation design

Sometimes, the Groom and Bride may have no preference on their wedding theme or have not yet chosen a color scheme. Then instead of sticking with a wedding theme before, the couple can have different kinds of wedding invitation design choices available. So just keep an open mind about invitation design, show your own personality out!

Cost little but fine quality

When many guested invited, it’s very necessary to consider the price of wedding invitation card.

Usually, the couple will hope each invitation can be a keepsake for both guests and them. So, never go for the bottom dollar, low quality invitation. There should be some quality in the invitation while keeping it affordable.

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1-2 For the Attending Guests, an Ideal Wedding Invitation Should:

Keep less frilly and flashy

A frilly and flashy wedding invitation card will tend to make people dazzling and can’t catch important information effectively. Besides, the invitation should be a hint to how the wedding is going to be, not an exact representation. Keeping the guests in mystique will make the day more special.

Be legible

Obviously, it is important that the wedding invitation card should be legible, which helps the guests easily read the details about the wedding day. Sometimes, overly scripted typeface may look elegant and weddingy, but it is hard for guests to decipher.

Get the couple’s photo on

It’s not a bad idea to put a photo of the couple on the invitation, especially if there are large amounts of guests who do not know what the other half of the couple looks like. In other words, a photo of the couple can help leave a deep impression on guests.

Not be offensive, tacky, or dated

Instead of being offensive, tacky, or dated, a wedding invitation card should be contemporary, yet classy; elegant, yet personal. Besides, it’ll be the best that your personalities can be reflected flawlessly in the invitations so that all the relatives know what kind of people you are.

Have a sound or recorded message

The recipients of wedding invitations sometimes hope the invites can have sounds or a pre-recorded message, which can be a good reminder for them. Just simply presses a button on the card, they can hear the sounds or messages of the coming wedding ceremony. But one thing I have to mention, usually this kind of wedding invitation card will cost more.



Part 2:
Different Wedding Invitation Designs


2-1 Wedding Customs in Different Countries

Different countries have different wedding customs, some of which are interesting and distinctive. How much do you know about wedding customs in different countries? Whether their wedding invitations are different? How do they invite guest? Are wedding invitation cards the same in all of the countries, or are they different? If different, what aspects? Below I will introduce some typical wedding customs with distinctive wedding invitations.

Chinese Wedding Customs

Traditional Chinese weddings are always filled with red things to bring auspicious blessings and respects. The Chinese regard the color red as the symbol of happiness, success, luck, faith and growth. In traditional Chinese weddings, there are double Xi characters in red, red scarves, red flowers and the bride wears a red coat. The sound of musical instruments in the wedding is usually loud to express the voice of the people. The sound should be loud enough to let nature know, and it also demonstrates the importance of the marriage.

In traditional weddings, the bride usually has red dates, peanuts, longans and melon seeds. The meaning is evident in the Chinese pronunciation of these four foods, when they are said together, it sounds like “Have a baby soon”. In the wedding ceremony, the bride and groom should have three bows, First bow to the heaven and earth. Then bow to their parents. Finally bow to each other. And the last rite is going to the bridal chamber. This is the traditional Chinese wedding; some customs may change in nowadays modern society.


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Chinese people believe that red is a kind of lucky color;
wedding is a big day, so their wedding invitation cards are often red.


American Wedding Customs

Weddings in the United States differ in thousands of ways. There are church weddings with a great deal of fanfare; there are weddings on mountain-tops with guests barefooted; and there have been weddings on the ocean floor with oxygen tanks for the guests. But many weddings, no matter where or how they are performed, they all have certain traditional customs. Before a couple gets married, they become engaged. And then invitations are sent to those who live nearby, their close friends and their relatives who live far away.

When everything is ready, then comes the most exciting moment. The wedding itself usually lasts between 20 and 40 minutes. After the ceremony there is often a party, called a reception, which gives the wedding guests an opportunity to congratulate the newlyweds. The car in which the couple leaves the church is decorated with balloons, streamers and shaving cream. The words "Just Married" are painted on the trunk or back window. The bride and groom run to the car under a shower of rice thrown by the wedding guests. When the couple drives away from the church, friends often chase them in cars, honking and drawing attention to them. And then the couple goes on their honeymoon.


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American creative and individual wedding invitation cards,
but this invitation card has a short
and concise expression of the process for the wedding.


Japanese Wedding Customs

Japanese traditional wedding has four steps, Fancy Betrothal Gifts, Colorful Wedding Dress, Traditional Taoist Ceremony and Meaningful Wedding Banquet. Gifts include Cuttlefish, Seaweed , Folding Fan and Linen thread, the first two means good wishes for having more children and living a happy life, Folding Fan means the groom want to spend the whole life together with the bride. The last gift, linen thread means that business flourishes with plentiful earning. In terms of the wedding dress, the bride will change dress for three times in a wedding. For bridegroom, white folding fan, pleated skirt and white slippers are necessary. The most interesting segment is san-san-kudo; the bride and groom take three sips each from three flat sake cups, and are followed by their parents, bonding the families together.


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Japanese traditional style wedding invitation card, it looks like a book that writes about the story of the bride and groom. They want to invite others to share there story and give blessing to them. Besides, we can see the Sakura, national flower of Japan, embedded in the card, which is elegant and gorgeous.


British Wedding Customs

British wedding costume; the bride dressed in white, carrying white flowers. In short, white in Britain symbolizes purity of love. The first yarn of wearing custom in Britain can be traced back to the 10th century BC. In ancient Greece, the bride must wear the original flax yarn or fabric and a new corolla. By Roman times, people of different religious beliefs to wear a different color yarn to show the essential distinction. Since the Middle Ages, the nobles of the court worn corolla decorated with pearls, which became the foremost white yarn, later spreading to the Europe.

After the ceremony, people would like to congratulate the couple when they go out from the church, not by kissing and hugging and shaking hands, but they scattered to the colorful confetti. Debris scattering originated from the custom-scattering wheat. In 1491, Britain's King Henry VII traveled together with the queen to Bristol. On the way, a baker's wife yard from the window to scatter wheat, and shouted: "Welcome to you, Your Majesty! I wish you happiness and longevity. "This has become a legendary, 16 century, the practice has been widely circulated. Wheat is a symbol of good harvest and an affluent life, but also congratulates the newlyweds a long and happy life, quietly.


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Floral wedding invitation card is classic and elegant, which gives your guests something to look forward to your romantic wedding ceremony. If you will hold a noble and elegant wedding, this British elegant style wedding invitation card is quite fit you.


Indian Wedding Customs

Generally speaking, the wedding is held in a mandap that is supported by four poles. The bride arrives at the tent with her uncle’s escort while the groom was accompanied by the groomsman and a young girl. The girl’s task is shaking a metal pot filled with coins to make the groom keep himself in good condition.

A wedding consists of three parts. The first part is kanyadaan. The bride’s parents wash the couple’s feet with milk and water, means the blessing for their beginning of a new life. The second part is hastamelap. The bride's right hand is on the right hand of the bridegroom. After the priest finished reading the Bible, the couple’s shoulders will be wound with 24 circles of calico, which means they will be together to live the rest of life. Then, the bride’s brothers or cousins will lead the couple to walk around a pile of small burning flame several times ( different regions have their own rules ). In addition, the couple’s hands shoud carry some rice, oats and leaves, which is a symbol of wealth, health, prosperity and happiness.


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This is Indian traditional style wedding invitation card. Silk screen printing in color matching to the main card. Two magpies, a symbol of luck, and they echo for each other, which means good things happening. Here also has a meaning of religious belief, the magpie is holy for Hindus.

The last part is that the groom’s brothers will sprinkle the liquor and strew rose to the couple to dispel evil. After the ceremony, the bride will feed five pieces of Indian candy to the groom, which means her duty is to look after her husband and cook for her family, while the groom does the same thing to the bride, which means his duty is to support his wife and family. Finally, the couple’s relatives will give a red dot on their forehead and throw rice to them to wish them health and happiness.


2-2 Different Styles of Wedding Cards

Different countries have different wedding styles. From the traditional wedding to modern wedding, the forms of wedding have changed a lot. In addition, people prefer to hold wedding ceremony in outdoors rather than indoors. So there exist different styles of wedding invitation cards. Some are elegant, some are interesting and some are creative. Examples and pictures are as follows:


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The word “Xi” is the color of double happiness, representing joyous moments, auspiciousness, enthusiasm and prosperity. In China, “Xi” will be printed on the wedding invitation cards.


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A fun, vintage, ticket punchout wedding invite!
Punch out the month and date with a hole puncher!


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A cool, beautiful, fun, wedding invite, featuring a retro inspired beach scene completing with sailboat and umbrella, making this look like a vintage postcard! Great for a beach wedding too!


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With unique designs printed on luxe paper,
all wedding invitations are available with several matching accessories.


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Wine charmers wedding invitation card, it’s funny, but do not loss elegance.


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The winery wedding invitation card enables guests a chance to close to nature. Enjoy the charming landscape and share happiness with the bride and groom.



Part 3:
Wedding Invitation Etiquette


3-1 Why Should We Know the Wedding Invitation Etiquette?

Nowadays, although the lifestyles are much different than they have been, there are still etiquette guidelines about wedding invitation we should keep in mind. Knowing the proper wedding invitation etiquette not only allows us to avoid some questions that come up with today's new life styles but also saves some hurt feelings. Besides, learning the wedding etiquette can help us relax more about our choice of wedding invitation wording. What’s more, wedding invitation etiquette is so important that your invites can look nice and your guests can know who paid for the wedding and what is proper to wear, etc.


3-2 What Should We Know About Wedding Invitation Etiquette?

When it comes to wedding invitation card, there are always so many styles available for just about any personality to choose. For modern couples to-be, they have seemingly unlimited options, from luxe letterpress invites to fun and quirky wedding invitation designs. But although the wedding invitation designs have changed and varied a lot, one thing remains the same: the wedding invitation etiquette. Many of the same rules still are applied today as they have for generations before, from when to send out wedding invitations to which information should be included.

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When to send out wedding invitations?

Traditionally, invitations go out six to eight weeks before the wedding -- that gives guests plenty of time to clear their schedules and make travel arrangements if they don't live in town. If it's a destination wedding, give guests more time and send them out three months ahead of time. Most couples also send out save-the-date cards which go out at six to eight months.

When to make the deadline for RSVPs?

Make your RSVP date two to three weeks before your wedding date -- this will allow enough time for you to get a final head count to the caterer (one week before) and to finalize your seating chart. If some guests still haven't responded by your deadline, give them a quick call and ask for their RSVPs (still via mail) so you have all their information.

What should be included in wedding invitation card?

Wedding invitations are the first indicator to wedding guests of what your wedding will be like, so you should let them be in line with your wedding theme and most important. First, you must keep in mind three Ws, the most essential elements of an invitation. All invites, whether formal, casual or traditional or non-traditional should include the following:
Who - Include the full names of the bride and groom. For a formal invitation, include the full names of the hosts, too.
When - Clearly list the time, date, month and year of the wedding.
Where - Formal wedding invitations usually just include the name of the church or building, while less formal or casual wedding invitations might also include the street address.
The three Ws are the key details of your wedding included in wedding invitation card. However, guests will appreciate more additional information to be included in your invitation suite. A few more details you may consider as following:
Attire - Should guests wear black-tie, garden party attire or will the wedding be themed? Don’t leave them guessing—tell them what to wear to a wedding!
Map - Whether you’re getting married in your hometown or you’re heading to a destination, out-of-town guests will appreciate a map and clear directions to any venues.
Accommodation Details - If you’ve reserved a block of rooms at a local hotel, give your guests plenty of time to reserve in advance.
Activities - Will there be dancing? A casual rehearsal dinner? A rollicking after-party? Let your guests know so they can plan appropriately.
Get RSVPs - Traditionally, RSVP is only used on reception or combination wedding/reception invitations—not on wedding-only invitations. It’s generally placed on the lower left of the invitation.
When it comes to wedding etiquette, one of the most important points is the wedding invitation wording. After knowing the basic wedding etiquette about invitations, other than that, in the next part I will explain carefully the wedding invitation text.


Part 4:
Wedding Invitation Wording


4-1 Wedding Invitation Text

Maybe now you’ve finally picked out your own perfect wedding invitation design and you want to figure out how to make the wedding invitation wordings sound like perfection, too. Well don't feel stressful, because here is the specific guide will help you out with that. Wedding invitation wording can be broken up into two parts. The first part is the beginning few lines, which announces that where the marriage takes place and who invite you to this wedding ceremony. While, part two is the rest of the logistical information.

Now onto part 1 - Word those first few lines of your wedding invitations. Here the wedding invitation quotes may seem like a daunting or painful task, but it's actually pretty straight forward. These few lines basically just announce who is inviting you to the wedding. Usually this part of the wording is based around who is hosting (or paying for) the wedding, but you don't have to follow this tradition if you don't want to. It's your wedding invitation, so feel free to get creative and make it your own.

Have a look at part 2 - Part two is easy. Remember the 5 W's from elementary school - who, what, why, when, and where? If part two of your wedding invitation can answer these five basic questions you are pretty much good to go. Besides, there will be something that you should take into consideration when it comes to wedding invitation wordings, things like:

* If the Bride's or Groom's parents are deceased

* If the Bride's or Groom's parents are divorced

* If it is a second (or third or fourth) marriage

* If the wedding is being held in a Church or at a Home or other non-church location

To save your time, below are some wedding invitation wording samples according to different situations, you can take them reference, both formal wedding invitation wording and informal wedding invitation wording are included.(Would you like to customize your unique wedding invitation wording easily and quickly? Then read the next part to know more. Below I will introduce you modern digital invitation trend with a user-friendly wedding invitation maker).


BOTH PARENTS HOSTING
FORMAL WEDDING INVITATION WORDING
(STANDARD):

Mr. & Mrs. Henry Nakagawa and Mr. & Mrs. Sean Gallagher
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their children
Alyssa Chiemi Nakagawa
&
Stephen Michael Gallagher
Saturday, the eleventh of October
two thousand and fifteen
four o'clock in the afternoon
Saltwater Farm Vineyard
349 Williams Avenue
Stonington, Connecticut
Reception to follow
CASUAL WEDDING INVITATION WORDING (STANDARD):
Mr. & Mrs. Henry Nakagawa and
Mr. & Mrs. Sean Gallagher
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their children
Alyssa Chiemi Nakagawa
&
Stephen Michael Gallagher
October 11, 2015
4:00 pm
Saltwater Farm Vineyard
349 Williams Avenue
Stonington, Connecticut
Reception to follow
FORMAL WEDDING INVITATION WORDING (4 SETS OF PARENTS):
Mr. & Mrs. Alex Ryan
Mr. & Mrs. Henry Nakagawa
Mr. & Mrs. Tyler Murphy
Mr. & Mrs. Sean Gallagher
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of
Alyssa Chiemi Nakagawa
&
Stephen Michael Gallagher
Saturday, the eleventh of October
two thousand and fifteen
four o'clock in the afternoon
Saltwater Farm Vineyard
349 Williams Avenue
Stonington, Connecticut
Reception to follow
CASUAL WEDDING INVITATION WORDING (4 SETS OF PARENTS):
Mr. & Mrs. Alex Ryan
Mr. & Mrs. Henry Nakagawa
Mr. & Mrs. Tyler Murphy
Mr. & Mrs. Sean Gallagher
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of
Alyssa Chiemi Nakagawa
&
Stephen Michael Gallagher
October 11, 2015
4:00 pm
Saltwater Farm Vineyard
349 Williams Avenue
Stonington, Connecticut
Reception to follow

BRIDE'S PARENTS HOSTING
FORMAL WEDDING INVITATION WORDING
(STANDARD):

Mr. & Mrs. Henry Nakagawa
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Alyssa Chiemi Nakagawa
to
Stephen Michael Gallagher
Saturday, the eleventh of October
two thousand and fifteen
four o'clock in the afternoon
Saltwater Farm Vineyard
349 Williams Avenue
Stonington, Connecticut
Reception to follow
CASUAL WEDDING INVITATION WORDING (STANDARD):
Mr. & Mrs. Henry Nakagawa
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Alyssa Chiemi Nakagawa
to
Stephen Michael Gallagher
October 11, 2015
4:00 pm
Saltwater Farm Vineyard
349 Williams Avenue
Stonington, Connecticut
Reception to follow
FORMAL WEDDING INVITATION WORDING (2 SETS OF PARENTS):
Mr. & Mrs. Alex Ryan and
Mr. & Mrs. Henry Nakagawa
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Alyssa Chiemi Nakagawa
to
Stephen Michael Gallagher
son of Mr. & Mrs. Sean Gallagher
Saturday, the eleventh of October
two thousand and fifteen
four o'clock in the afternoon
Saltwater Farm Vineyard
349 Williams Avenue
Stonington, Connecticut
Reception to follow
CASUAL WEDDING INVITATION WORDING (2 SETS OF PARENTS):
Mr. & Mrs. Alex Ryan and
Mr. & Mrs. Henry Nakagawa
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Alyssa Chiemi Nakagawa
to
Stephen Michael Gallagher
son of Mr. & Mrs. Sean Gallagher
October 11, 2015
4:00 pm
Saltwater Farm Vineyard
349 Williams Avenue
Stonington, Connecticut
Reception to follow
GROOM'S PARENTS HOSTING
FORMAL WEDDING INVITATION WORDING
(STANDARD):

Mr. & Mrs. Sean Gallagher
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of
Alyssa Chiemi Nakagawa
to their son
Stephen Michael Gallagher
Saturday, the fourteenth of September
two thousand and fifteen
four o'clock in the afternoon
Saltwater Farm Vineyard
349 Williams Avenue
Stonington, Connecticut
Reception to follow
CASUAL WEDDING INVITATION WORDING (STANDARD):
Mr. & Mrs. Sean Gallagher
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of
Alyssa Chiemi Nakagawa
to their son
Stephen Michael Gallagher
September 14, 2015
4:00 pm
Saltwater Farm Vineyard
349 Williams Avenue
Stonington, Connecticut
Reception to follow
FORMAL WEDDING INVITATION WORDING (2 SETS OF PARENTS):
Mr. & Mrs. Edwin Reyes
and
Mr. & Mrs. Sean Gallagher
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of
Alyssa Chiemi Nakagawa
to their son
Stephen Michael Gallagher
Saturday, the fourteenth of September
two thousand and fifteen
four o'clock in the afternoon
Saltwater Farm Vineyard
349 Williams Avenue
Stonington, Connecticut
Reception to follow
CASUAL WEDDING INVITATION WORDING (2 SETS OF PARENTS):
Mr. & Mrs. Edwin Reyes
and
Mr. & Mrs. Sean Gallagher
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of
Alyssa Chiemi Nakagawa
to their son
Stephen Michael Gallagher
September 14, 2015
4:00 pm
Saltwater Farm Vineyard
349 Williams Avenue
Stonington, Connecticut
Reception to follow
COUPLE WITH PARENTS HOSTING
FORMAL WEDDING INVITATION WORDING
(STANDARD):

Together with their parents
Alyssa Chiemi Nakagawa
and
Stephen Michael Gallagher
request the pleasure of your company
at the celebration of their union
Saturday, the fourteenth of September
two thousand and fifteen
four o'clock in the afternoon
Saltwater Farm Vineyard
349 Williams Avenue
Stonington, Connecticut
Reception to follow
CASUAL WEDDING INVITATION WORDING (STANDARD):
Together with their parents
Alyssa Chiemi Nakagawa
and
Stephen Michael Gallagher
request the pleasure of your company
at the celebration of their union
September 14, 2015
4:00 pm
Saltwater Farm Vineyard
349 Williams Avenue
Stonington, Connecticut
Reception to follow
FORMAL WEDDING INVITATION WORDING:
Together with
Mr. & Mrs. Henry Nakagawa and
Mr. & Mrs. Sean Gallagher
Alyssa Chiemi Nakagawa
&
Stephen Michael Gallagher
request the pleasure of your company
at the celebration of their union
Saturday, the fourteenth of September
two thousand and fifteen
four o'clock in the afternoon
Saltwater Farm Vineyard
349 Williams Avenue
Stonington, Connecticut
Reception to follow
CASUAL WEDDING INVITATION WORDING:
Together with
Mr. & Mrs. Henry Nakagawa and
Mr. & Mrs. Sean Gallagher
Alyssa Chiemi Nakagawa
&
Stephen Michael Gallagher
request the pleasure of your company
at the celebration of their union
September 14, 2015
4:00 pm
349 Williams Avenue
Stonington, Connecticut
Reception to follow
COUPLE HOSTING
FORMAL WEDDING INVITATION WORDING
(STANDARD):

Alyssa Chiemi Nakagawa
and
Stephen Michael Gallagher
request the pleasure of your company
at the celebration of their union
Saturday, the fourteenth of September
two thousand and fifteen
four o'clock in the afternoon
Saltwater Farm Vineyard
349 Williams Avenue
Stonington, Connecticut
Reception to follow
CASUAL WEDDING INVITATION WORDING (STANDARD):
Alyssa Chiemi Nakagawa
and
Stephen Michael Gallagher
request the pleasure of your company
at the celebration of their union
September 14, 2015
4:00 pm
Saltwater Farm Vineyard
349 Williams Avenue
Stonington, Connecticut
Reception to follow


Part 5:
Modern Digital Invitation Trend


Nowadays, the use of personal electronics and social media is rapidly increasing with smart phones, tablets and laptops, all streaming to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ (maybe) and MySpace (maybe just a few old aunts and uncles). It is uncommon these days to find many people, from young to old, that are not been actively participating in a social network. Under these circumstances, digital or electronic wedding invitations seems to become the new trend for couple-to-be. It has aroused much concern to people in different status. Ok, let's explore the digital invitation in details.


5-1 What People Think About Digital Wedding Invitation?

There are pro's and con's to everything so let's take a look at both.


Pro's:

Lisa Gorjestani of Details Event Planning—planner to big names like Halle Berry, Amy Smart and Ali Landry—said she totally agrees. “Nearly half of my clients this year (2013) have turned to Paperless Post for their save-the-dates," she said. "I'm certain the trend will continue and couples will use this service for their wedding invitations." She pointed to the wide availability of styles, the efficiency, the tools for managing guest lists, and of course the cost savings—as the reasons behind the trend.

Fritz-Krockow — who works for a tech startup in San Francisco — stood by her decision. “The under-40 tech-savvy crowd loved the digital invite. They said it was the easiest wedding invite they had to deal with. Plus, I had my RSVP list done in three weeks.”


Con's:

Sterling Engagements' Alexandra Rembac-Goldberg said, “I happen to love the element of paper woven into a wedding or an event. It's the first impression you make with your guests and it establishes the style and aesthetic for the day from the very beginning." She conceded that digital invitation might be appropriate for a more tech-savvy couple and a more technology-driven group of guests. But it can sometimes be challenging for the older generation or less tech-savvy crowd, and it’s important to know what works for not only the couple but the general consensus of their guests.

Beverly Hills-based event planner Mindy Weiss echoed concerns for older guests. “I have never done an email invite for a client and I do about 60 weddings a year," she said. "A lot of older generations are not on email or not computer-savvy and a lot of the electronic invitations get stuck in spam. So, you have a lot of different obstacles.”

“I don’t think email is a place for a wedding invite," said Brooklyn, N.Y. wedding planner Tammy Golson. "A rehearsal (dinner) or shower is OK, but paper is important for a wedding. It shows the seriousness you put into the wedding and that you’re treating the occasion with respect.”


Conclusion:

As to this point, personally, I think digital wedding invitation is an A-OK option. The reasons are as follow. Firstly, you will save time and money. Invitation and postage costs can always be outrageous and the time it takes to hand-write addresses are extreme without help.

Secondly, all those things you used to photocopy and insert in traditional invitations (maps, hotel information) can be included, even by providing links, it’s more environmentally friendly. Last but not least, you can be as creative as you want instead of just picking an invitation style and color of ink. With a simple and useful photo editor online, you can have personalized and elegant wedding invitation designs quickly (To see the free wedding invitation templates of celebrity made by a fun photo editor, you can read the next part. Click here to get free printable wedding invitation templates.) Of course, if you want to keep the traditional style, the digital invitation can also change into printable and tangible one. Just as a writer, Alcala said, “Although we'd definitely prefer to go the more tech-savvy, eco-friendly route with digital wedding invites, we're sending hard invites to appease old-school family members,” “We figured that, since this is (hopefully) a one-time event, it might be nice for our moms, dads, uncles and aunts to have a tangible keepsake to frame or scrapbook...I think it’s a great way to meet in the middle; this way you can save both trees and unnecessary arguments.”

Ultimately, it is your decision on what type of wedding invitation card you want to choose. With the dawning of the internet era, and with the ease and quickness of sending messages electronically, it’s only a matter of time for digital invitation to become popular and all accepted.

5-2 Use Social Networking Tools to Post Wedding

Chic paperless or digital wedding invitations are a draw to tech-savvy 20 and 30-something couples who find the electronic process streamlined, cost-efficient and eco-friendly. Besides, today, newlyweds prefer to use social networking tools such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc. to post their wedding online.

Recently, new research even suggests that activities on the popular social networking site are connected to whether those relationships last. Catalina Toma, an assistant professor of communication arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the first researcher to track dating couples over time in order to examine the link between how they present themselves on Facebook as a couple and the longevity of their relationships. One of the conclusions is that the couple who Facebooks together, stays together.

So in conclusion, digital wedding invitations will become the fabric of wedding for years to come! Although they will not replace the traditional wedding invitation, digital wedding invitations are more cost effective, more time efficient and more environmentally friendly. Just go crazy with your digital wedding invitation be as creative as you would. After the help of photo editor software, for example, Photo Collage Maker, you can customize your own one and then share them on your social media accounts (To see the artwork done by Photo Collage Maker, read the next part).



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6-1 Select a Photo Editor to Design Your Wedding Invitation

Photo editor software can help you to create unique and creative cards. It not only comes with pre-loaded templates and images but also allows you to add and edit photos. Besides, you can add text and choose its size, font and color. You can add all sorts of special effects at will. Besides, once you have created your dream wedding invitation card, you can print it in as many copies as you wish and send it to a special someone or a large group of friends. Some programs allow you to create envelopes as well. You can even keep the card in electronic format if you wish.

As for me, although there are so many photo editors online, I prefer to use AmoyShare Photo Collage Maker. With it, I can not only typically get hundreds of readymade templates for all sorts of occasions, but also customize my own ones. Along with the built-in free wedding invitation templates, there is a free design feature as well. An art gallery with various graphic and photo images is also included. Moreover, text entering and editing features are available.

All in all, AmoyShare Photo Collage Maker cannot give you everything, but basically, you will be able to make very touching cards with creative touch and artistic appeal.

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Use Photo Collage Maker to design your wedding invitation card can be a fun and hassle-free process. You're free to make your cards as simple or as extravagant as you like to suit your recipients. With a few clicks of your mouse, you can have a professional-looking card in minutes; you will no need to spend much money on buying elegant wedding invites. To see is to believe, below are comparison between the great celebrity’s wedding invitation designs and the free printable wedding invitation templates made by AmoyShare Photo Collage Maker. Similar and fantastic, isn’t it? You can explore your options below and get the wedding invitation for totally free. What you need to do is to submit your e-mail address to us; we will send you the template project packages for you!


1, Bollywood heartthrob, Shahid Kapoor and his fiancée, Mira Rajput’s wedding invite finally revealed it all. The invitation card of this gorgeous clearly showed their wedding date, which was July 7, 2015. The card was designed by Delhi-based designer, Ravish Kapoor, keeping in mind the brief given to him by Shahid himself, which was, ‘simple yet elegant’.

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2, Former "Bachelorette" couple Desiree Heartsock and Chris Siegfried turned to Minted for the wedding invitation suite and menus.

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3, NBA guard Rafer Alston married Ashley Walker at Disney's Wedding Pavilion. Their invitations fit the fairytale theme with a pink bow and diamond jewels at the top.

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4, Wedding invitation designed by Rifle Paper Co. The former reality star married William Tell at a winery in Santa Barbara on September 13, 2014.

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5, Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett chose whimsical rehearsal dinner invitations by Paper Olive. The purple themed cards had a diagonal striped background, setting the tone for a playful night at Dave and Busters.

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6, Ashlee Simpson & Evan Ross "If we take a cue from their lavish engagement party and her one-of-a-kind ring, we’re thinking Ashlee Simpson’s wedding to Evan Ross will be a vintage affair," says Amber. "This design perfectly illustrates the Modern Vintage trend, featuring classic shapes and patterns reinvented."

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7, Haylie Duff & Matt Rosenberg "This design from the new Marchesa collection (available exclusively at Wedding Paper Divas) is simply chic like the actress, singer and blogger, Haylie Duff," says Amber. "It’s sweet and feminine, but the dark undertones will also appeal to her entrepreneur fiancé, Matt Rosenberg. Whether it’s an outdoor summer wedding or an intimate wintertime affair, this design is perfect for any season."

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8, The wedding card had pink and gold roses printed on it, which symbolised their immortal love for each other. Wrapped in a gold bow, the card had Soha and Kunal’s name written on it, in a heart-shaped wreath. The wedding date of the two love birds was also written in the same wreath. The couple took the wedding vows on January 25, 2015.

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