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Today’s thoughtful guest post, brought to us by Taryn Westberg of Glo, covers the ins and outs of contemporary invitation etiquette. Enjoy!

Woo hoo! You’re engaged! After your first Instagram post about your engagement, you’ll probably want to start sharing more information about your wedding plans with family and friends (and you know they’re dying to know). With so much available technology, it’s never been easier to keep your guests informed and organized. All you have to do is give them the right information! So what is the right information and what is the right way to share it? That’s what we’re here for! While there are no hard-fast rules to follow, there are some things to consider to ensure your guests are informed in a thoughtful way. No matter which stage of wedding planning you’re in, you can keep your guests up-to-date with informative digital tools while checking every modern etiquette box in the book.

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5 Reasons to Use Printable Wedding Invitations and Free Save the Dates (2)

As we all know, wedding planning is fraught with details and expenses. Perhaps you’ve been considering  using printable wedding invitations as a way to simplify the process, but are still unsure. Never fear! Today we’re joined by Eleanor of e.m.papers to demystify printables and put your mind at ease! Enjoy:

Printable wedding invitations, stationery and ‘day of’ paper items (wedding ceremony programs, seating lists, etc.) are a really great way to add a personal touch to your wedding and/or stick to your budget.

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Today’s guest post comes to us invitation designer and illustrator Oana Popescu of Watercolored Wedding, based in Bucharest, Romania! Enjoy:

What kind of wedding are you planning? Modern, romantic, classy, individual or will it have a theme? Themed weddings have become increasingly popular these days. You can have a Beach or Island Wedding, a Destination Wedding, a Vintage Wedding, a Country-Western Wedding or a Cocktail Themed Wedding. You just have to choose from the many popular wedding themes.

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9 Ways to Save Money on Wedding Invitations (2)

Today’s insightful guest post comes to us from Barbara of AvantGarde Design. Barbara is a type loving, coffee drinking, ice cream fanatic, runner who loves designing and pushing boundaries. She’s also currently enjoying all the fun of wedding planning for her upcoming nuptials next September! :)

So you want gorgeous invitations, but don’t want to break the bank. Well, that’s understandable! Usually wedding invitations are the first place where a budget cut happens. Your save the dates and wedding invitations are the first look your guests have of the occasion to come, so presenting yourself in the best way possible is the only way to go. Below are some tips I share with clients when it comes to saving money without compromising the final product.

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Printing Options for your Wedding Invitations

With so many printing options available it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Barbara Caruso from AvantGarde Design has been good enough to break it all down. From budget friendly and flexible to formal and luxurious, it’s all here!

As you start to explore the possibilities of invitations for your wedding, you will most likely come across terms or phrases that you are unfamiliar with. Among the countless decisions you will need to make regarding your invitations, one of them is how you choose to have them printed. There are many printing techniques that are available; however, we have decided to help you by narrowing down the choices to the best options for printing wedding invitations. Below you will learn more about the printing process for Digital Printing, Letterpress and Thermography. The printing technique you choose will contribute to the overall look and feel you are creating for your event.

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The wedding invitations will be the first thing your guests will see, so make a good impression. Start as you mean to go on, as they say. Unless you have a particular theme in mind, it’s a good idea to tie in with the fact that your ceremony is taking place abroad. Here are just a few ideas for designing your wedding invitations:

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It’s no secret that your invitation is the first thing your guests are going to see that will give them a glimpse into the magic of your big day.  So, why not add as much of your personality and style into designing them as you do your ceremony and reception?  When it comes to wedding stationery and today’s unique and creative couples, there are countless ways to personalize your paper.  But let’s try counting them anyway, shall we?

Photo credit:  Denise Ante Photography

No. 1:  Color

It’s a given, right?  Although a somewhat obvious choice, how the colors of your wedding are used in your invitations can be a powerful reflection of your personality and the tone you’re trying to set for the big day.  Whether using bursts of bright colors or just a few subtle accents here and there, color can provide a wonderful preview of what’s to come.  (And that grosgrain ribbon is a great way to add a bit of texture, but we’ll get to that in a minute…)

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We’re back with another great infographic by Carey of Lasso’d Moon, this time all about wedding invitation options and wording! If you missed our last infographic, check out What’s It Called? Wedding Invitation Description Infographic!

Thanks Carey! Go check out Lasso’d Moon on WeddingInviteLove, or head straight to their website.