DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR FIRST DATE with your future spouse? Whether it was formal or casual, you probably spent time choosing clothes, deciding how to wear your hair, and picking just the right accessories. You wanted to make a good first impression.
Now you are getting married, and your wedding invitations will be your guests' first impression of your wedding. You will want to take the same time and care in choosing your invitations.
At Tabula Rasa, we know how excited you are. We want to help you sort through the many selections and options so you can choose invitations that are just right for you. This should explain some of the details involved in selecting the perfect wedding invitation trousseau to honor and celebrate your special day.
BEFORE WE GET STARTED, there are some questions you should answer. Will your wedding be formal, semi-formal or informal? Traditional or contemporary? A local wedding or a destination wedding? Large or small? Your invitations should reflect the style, formality and personality of your wedding.
A TRADITIONAL (FORMAL) INVITATION is one that is either engraved or thermographed in black ink on white paper, with or without a blind embossed panel on it. A traditional invitation is particularly appropriate if you are planning a formal wedding. In that case, correct wording would follow fairly universal rules of etiquette and the typestyle of choice would be a classic script or serif font. However, this does not mean you cannot express your personal taste with a formal invitation. Our wedding albums offer a wide range of formal invitation designs and typestyles. You're sure to find a formal look that's perfect for you.
For a contemporary or informal wedding, your invitations can be any size, any shape, in any ink color, and on colored or textured paper. You can word them in any way you want, as long as the pertinent information is included.
Your wedding invitations can be a beautiful expression of who you are as a couple. Your creative choices are almost limitless.
OUR WEDDING ALBUMS OFFER AN EXTENSIVE SELECTION of components that serve to accessorize your wedding stationery wardrobe and graciously facilitate your special day
SAVE-THE-DATE CARDS are an excellent way to provide early notification to out-of-town guests of the upcoming nuptials so they will have time to make arrangements for travel and accommodations. Send them at least six months before the wedding
ACCOMODATION CARDS are used for out-of-town guests who need to make reservations for lodging.
DOUBLE ENVELOPES are a vestige of days long past, when outer envelopes endured much wear and tear and were discarded just before delivery so that only the pristine inner envelope and its contents were presented to the recipient. Have your return address printed on the back flap of the outer envelope.
TISSUES are included with all wedding orders. A nod to tradition, they were once necessary to prevent ink from smudging, and continue to be popular, even though today's inks are very permanent and stable. You may choose to use tissue on only the invitation or on all parts. Or you may choose not to include it. The choice is yours.
If the reception is at a different venue from the ceremony, a RECEPTION CARD detailing the location is commonly enclosed. If the ceremony is large, but the reception quite small, enclose a RECEPTION CARD with the invitation only to those invited to both events. You may also include reception information at the bottom of your invitation, which makes sense if the ceremony and reception are planned for the same place and all your guests will be invited to both.
Including PEW CARDS or "WITHIN THE RIBBON" CARDS will serve to direct family and close friends to be seated together at the ceremony, in an area that has been reserved for them.
Enclose an AT-HOME CARD with the invitation or announcement as a way of letting everyone know which surnames will be used after the wedding and informing them where the couple will be living. These cards may also announce when the couple will return from their honeymoon.
INFORMALS should be printed with the bride's maiden name or monogram for the shower thank-yous and other correspondence before the wedding. After the wedding, use notes with your names or married monogram.
REHEARSAL DINNER INVITATIONS are traditionally sent by the groom's parents; however, you may choose to include them when ordering your wedding invitation trousseau so they will be consistent with the style and design of your invitation ensemble
There may be people you can't invite who may be interested in knowing that the event took place. ANNOUNCEMENTS follow the same format as invitations, with minor word changes, and should be mailed a day or two following the ceremony. Announcements should look the same as your invitations - same size, paper, ink and lettering. Make an announcement list as you make up your guest list. Word your announcements in a similar fashion to your invitations, leaving out the time and the street address, if one was used.
WEDDING PROGRAMS are more than a treasured memento of the day - they also serve as a useful tool for orienting guests to the order of activities during the ceremony, and they provide a who's who of attendants and participants.
TABLE CARDS and PLACE CARDS will help your guests find their seats at the reception. Your table cards and place cards should reflect the same level of formality and style as your invitations, so order them at the same time as your invitation ensemble.
Beautifully printed MENU CARDS add a refined touch, listing the various selections from appetizers to main course, wines and desserts.