It’s your special day and it should be a celebration of your personalities, tastes, things you have in common and even little in-jokes. A great way to entice your wedding guests and give them a taste of what to expect at your wedding is the invitation. Whether your wedding is going to be a super-elegant affair or a themed blow-out, here are six ideas to help you get creative with your invitation.
It’s a Puzzle, Indeed
People have long enjoyed a good puzzle, whether it’s a crossword, jigsaw, Sudoku, or acrostic. Give your guests a bit of a challenge with your invitation by creating a one-of-a-kind puzzle that’s all about you. Use a beautiful photo to create a jigsaw puzzle, your names and words of romance for a crossword or acrostic, or get crazy creative and make them build a small model airplane with the details printed on the wings.
Pop-up, Pull-out and Cut-out Paper
There’s something pretty magical about a beautiful pop-up book. If your romance has been a bit of a fairy tale, why not celebrate that with a pop-up wedding invitation. You can also do some really amazing things with cut-outs and pull-outs to create a fun, whimsical invitation that tells the story of you.
So who said a wedding invitation had to be printed on paper, anyway? There are hundreds of ways to create a digital invitation, from a password-controlled webpage to a private YouTube video, to a thumb drive or even a good old-fashioned DVD. You can get amazingly creative with digital formats, too, giving your guests anything from a home movie about your romance to a mini video game that they can play and enjoy.
Recipes for a Happy Marriage
Every couple has their favorite recipes they like to cook – or get someone else to cook for them. Why not share a few of these with your guests in a little recipe book invitation? Another cute idea is to send the invitation on a blank recipe card and ask your guests to RSVP by sending back the recipe card with one of their favorite family recipes written in.
Souvenirs and Keepsakes
Your wedding day is one you will remember for the rest of your life – why not make it one your guests will remember, too? Send your invitation in the form of a decorative or functional keepsake that will have them recalling your wedding for years. Reflect your personalities in it, too: if you love travel, send them a message in an engraved bottle; if you’re known for your dinner parties, send a printed placemat or potholder; sports fans? send a hockey puck or baseball with your names and the wedding date inked on it.
I Sense a Theme
Crazy, themed weddings have also seen a surge in popularity over the last few years. Star Wars, Super Mario, Gothic fantasy, Vampires… if there’s a book, movie or video game about it, you can bet fans have thrown a themed wedding. Even if your wedding is leaning to the more traditional, who says your wedding invitation can’t be themed? Doctor Who fans can send a mini-TARDIS, Hunger Games lovers can send an arrow… there’s no end to the ideas. You don’t even have to be limited to fandoms: Beach lovers? Send a tiny Tiki mask. Vegas fans? Send a personalized playing card.
Your wedding invitation is the first thing a lot of people are going to see related to your wedding. It gives you an unrivalled opportunity to give them a real insight into your relationship, styles and what you enjoy in life. Have fun with it, let folks know just what they’re in for and make it your own.