Not only do they set the scene for your day but they also give your guests a clue about what to expect. Here’s everything you need to know to make sure your invitation is impossible to refuse.
Wedding Invitation Essentials
Firstly, let’s just take a moment to talk about timings and wordings for your wedding invitations. The traditional advice is to send invitations six to eight weeks before your wedding. However, there’s no harm in sending them earlier, particularly if guests might need to book time off work or arrange accommodation. So, send them when you want to (or when you just can’t wait anymore!)
When it comes to the wording of your invitations, there are endless variations now on the traditional format. If you’re planning a laidback, relaxed wedding then there’s no need to opt for the more formal styles of wording. Your stationery designer will be able to help you come up with something that’s perfect for a country-chic wedding.
Country-Chic Stationery Style
Wedding stationery designer Sarah Wants creates beautiful invitations that are inspired by her countryside surroundings. Her Cornwall studio produces collections that are full of rustic touches.
Sarah says that more and more couples want to include rustic and natural elements in their weddings. Her latest designs pick up on country-chic styling trends such as wooden textures, wild flowers, twigs and foliage.
For a softer look, your wedding invitations could include details such as wild roses and lace. Cottage gardens can also provide inspiration and invitations featuring rougher hessian textures are also perfect.
Colours and Fonts
“Country-chic wedding invitations look their best with natural colours and muted pastels,” says Sarah Wants. “Minty greens and duck egg blues work really well with pink and peach tones and creams and ivories are softer than harsh whites. Browns are greys are great choices for printed text; it just depends on your design which works best.”
When it comes to fonts, formal scripts or blocky, heavy typefaces are a no-no. Instead, opt for handwritten elements, modern calligraphy or even typewriter-style printing.
Finally, don’t forget that your wedding invitations are just one element of your wedding stationery. RSVP cards, menus, place cards, Order of the Day and even table plans can all be ordered to work with your theme and really bring your country-chic wedding to life.
Looking for real-life country-chic inspiration? Then you should really check out Leanne and Louis’ Handmade Wedding at Oxleaze Barn. It looks amazing!