FONT FRIDAY: THE ABSOLUTE BEST SERIF FONTS FOR YOUR WEDDING INVITATIONS

Classic and legible...serif fonts are often the sidepiece to script or decorative fonts but most are pretty enough to carry your entire invitation suite on it's own. Use a super oversized Didot in all capitals for a chic fashionable look. Try mixing Garamond in all capitals, all lowercase, italic and bold on each line of your invitation for a casual but still sophisticated result. Copperplate looks amazing when all the lines are justified creating a super minimal modern effect. I could literally go on for days...

Best wedding fonts

ENGRAVERS  |  COPPERPLATE  |  DIDOT  |  GARAMOND  |  TRAJAN PRO

Cheers!

Catherine

FONT FRIDAY: THE ABSOLUTE BEST SCRIPT FONTS FOR YOUR WEDDING INVITATION

Welcome to the very first Font Friday! I live for typography and all things type so I've decided to share all of my favorite fonts and font combinations for your wedding or branding projects! This week I'm showing off my go to script typefaces for your wedding.

WEDDING INVITATION HACKS

Planning a wedding can be overwhelming even if you are the most organized party planning Type A bride. There's so many tiny details to consider and unexpected obstacles that it's easy to get lost in the planning and decide eloping is way easier, well it probably is but it's not nearly as fun. So in order to help keep the stress level down, where your invitations are concerned, I'm going to be doing a mini series called WEDDING INVITATION HACKS...so let's kick it off with the part of your suite that is ALL business...the reply card.

You think receiving replies will be easy and it can be if you set yourself up for success. Here are 3 tips to make it go as smooth as possible:

1. Ask your guests to respond at least 3 weeks prior to the wedding date. Caterers ask for your headcount 1-2 weeks in advance and you will have to track down people who don't respond, even if you think you won't. But you're thinking everybody is dying to celebrate your big day and you have an incredibly respectful and well mannered circle so of course they will all send it back by the requested date. WRONG. Give yourself the 1-2 week cushion to track down any one who hasn't responded.

2. Number your reply cards in light pencil on the back or if you are really over the top, do it in invisible ink. Why? Look at this:

I bet your super excited the __________ is coming to almost all of your events but _________ forgot to fill in their name. Think this won't happen? WRONG! And even more common, your guest fills in their name and you can't read it. Insert sad face emoticon here. If you have numbered your reply cards to you correspond with your guest list, crisis averted!

3. Do not, I repeat DO NOT give the guest the option to fill in "Number Attending _______."

True story: A woman invites her boss to her wedding, the invitation is addressed to Mr. and Mrs. John Smith (names have be changed to protect the innocent) and when Mr. Smith fills in the number attending it says "11"....Uh, what? Is Mr. Smith implying that he is 1 and his wife is 1, like tally marks? Or is he bringing 11 people? Bride politely asks her boss what his intention was after several days of careful consideration and Mr. Smith in fact meant he was bringing 11 people: his wife, their grown children and spouses. Now the bride is forced into an uncomfortable conversation with her BOSS, who was inevitably mortified.

Want to be stuck in this position? I didn't think so, don't give anyone the option of telling you how many people they would like to bring to your $250 a head wedding. The simplest of options is a choosing Attending/Declines or Accepts/Declines but you can get more creative with your options...more on that in the future.

Hopefully these 3 tip will be all you need to navigate your reply card easily! And if not this is why God invented bridesmaids and Pinot Grigio.

Cheers!

Catherine

 

TOP 10 MOST ASKED WEDDING INVITATION QUESTIONS

There is most definitely a certain set of questions I get asked regularly about invitation etiquette and the like so I've put the answers right on the website but let's go over so we are all in the know. You'll probably be surprised by some of them and to be honest I am too even after all this time. So let's get into it!

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1. HOW MANY INVITATIONS DO I NEED?

Easy answer: count your guest list.

Reality: I've learned this is much easier said then done. The biggest mistake you can make is counting one invite per person! You think this doesn't happen and people end up ordering (and paying for) twice as many invites as they actually need...think again. Count households not individuals! I repeat COUNT HOUSEHOLDS NOT INDIVIDUALS.

And guess what. Parents and grooms (and yes, brides too) add and subtract from the list until the moment the invitations are being addressed. The best advice I can give is create a deadline for all those involved in the planning process and then put it under lock and key or you could find yourself in a sticky situation with too many or too little invitations. Remember printing 10 or 20 extra suites is costly and definitely stress you don't need.


2. DO I HAVE TO INVITE MY GUESTS WITH A GUEST?

Yes and No.

If your guest has a significant other they live with or have been dating for some time, yes you do. In that case you should address the invitation to both of them. Avoid using "and Guest" at all costs. It is thoughtful to invite a friend with a guest regardless of their relationship status if they won't know anyone else at the wedding but not required.

If they are single no you don't. If you are feeling generous or have the means to afford additional guests then by all means feel free but you are not obligated to do so.


3. HOW DO I ACKNOWLEDGE A DECEASED PARENT ON OUR INVITATION?

You don't. That hurts, I know...having first hand experience here it was said to me "Your wedding invitation is sent from the host as an invitation to a joyous celebration and you deserve that. When your guests read your invitation you want them to think about it as such and not think about how sad it is that someone isn't going to be there." And that is very true, isn't it? So instead you should find ways of honoring special loved ones who have passed like using their favorite flower in your bouquet, a meaningful song or reading during the ceremony, listing a special note in your program about them and what they mean to you or with a donation to a charity they supported as a wedding favor. They will be present in your heart and mind that day and that is the most important thing.


4. WHITE INVITATIONS OR IVORY?

White? Ivory? How about color! But if we are only choosing white or ivory the response I hear most often is "Well my dress is ____" so let's do that. But here's the thing...when a bride says my dress is white because that's what the designer swatch says doesn't mean it's actually white white. Most finer fabrics like satin can not be made bright white so the designer will list their lightest shade as white even though it isn't...so my suggestion is always NATURAL WHITE. It's not a bright white but not ivory or ecru either.


5. HOW DO I ADDRESS DOUBLE WEDDING ENVELOPES?

First of all...do you need double wedding envelopes...no, and if you are looking to save some of your cost do it here. Double envelopes were a standard in years passed because the outer envelope would show the wear and tear of the delivery process so guests would discard it and keep your invitation and it's accessories in the pristine inner envelope. That said if you want to go the traditional and grand route, go for it! The outer envelope should contain the recipient's names, address, etc. and the inner envelope should be addressed to your recipient by title and surname. For example:

Outer Envelope:     Mrs. and Mrs. Michael Andrews

Inner Envelope:     Mr. and Mrs. Andrews


6. CAN I ASK MY GUESTS TO REPLY ONLINE OR VIA EMAIL ONLY?

I embrace technology more than most people but NO. Does your Great Aunt Edith have an email? Not all of your guests have embraced technology like the rest of us and it's not polite to invite someone to the most important day of your life but not give them a feasible way to respond. So for now, send a reply card or even a reply post card but for the love of all things good and pure, please just send some form of reply card.


7. DO I NEED A RECEPTION CARD?

If your ceremony and reception are taking place in the same location, no. But if you are having the ceremony in one location and reception in another than traditionally you would use a reception card. However, if you are budget minded, than 9 out of 10 times you can print the reception information right on your invitation. I find that most brides are opting to go this route and spend their budget on a Details Card instead...a Detail Card is a signature card at CKV where we will print your accommodation info, directions, special instructions, website, other event information, attire requests, etc. on a coordinating card.


8. HOW DO I TELL MY GUEST "NO KIDS!"

You don't, however brides request this be placed on the invitation all the time. Your guest should be alerted to who is invited to the big day by the names on the invitation envelope. If the kids name are not on the envelope they are not invited. But the problem lies with the guests who don't realize that, so that's when word of mouth through friends and family make all the difference. And if that still fails you can make a polite call to the guest who plans on bringing her 9 month old triplets to your Black Tie wedding in a Grand Ballroom. Just be polite and let them know the children will be bored and you'd love for her to get out and have a little adult time!


9. WHAT SHOULD BE MY RSVP DATE?

Typically a caterer will ask you to know your total number of guests 1-2 weeks before your wedding and you will have guests who forget to send the reply card back and you may have to track them down for an answer. So 3 weeks is generally a good idea, plus this will also give you 3 weeks to play with the seating arrangements! Bonus!


10. CAN I LIE ABOUT THE START TIME OF MY CEREMONY SO EVERYONE IS ON TIME?

No, you can not. Every other bride I sit down with wants to put the ceremony time as a half hour earlier than it actually is because they don't want people to show up late. Some people are late because they're babysitter was late, some were stuck in traffic, some were at work and some are just late because they are always late but that's life. More importantly think about your guests who are on time...let's say your ceremony starts at 3 o'clock and you print the invitations with a time of 2:30....some guests will be there as early as 2 o'clock. Now they will be waiting for an entire hour for the festivities to start; that may mean they wasted money on an extra hour of babysitting or left work early to be there to stand around. That just isn't fair to those guests so be honest and remember even if someone is late, it absolutely will not ruin your day.

Questions? Comment below and I'll answer anything you can throw at me!

Cheers!

Catherine