By Linda Owens
Freak, geek, nerd, punk. There are people who will proudly wear every label in the world except one: boring. You and your partner are far from being boring people, so why should your wedding invitations be anything but exciting and memorable? With more than 150,000 wedding performed in Canada each year, according to WeddingBells.ca, your friends will probably receive multiple invitations this year. Make yours the one they remember longer than the time it takes to tack it on the fridge with a magnet.
Use Your Video Skills
Avoid the whole paper wedding invitation tradition and make a unique wedding invite with your video camera. Use your interests as a theme for the film. Are you both into science fiction? Old movies? Gourmet food? Create a 2-minute story and include all the wedding information on a marquis, poster, or other flat surface some time during the movie. Amaze your guests or make them laugh and they’ll view your invitation over and over again. Thanks to Momentville.com for this tip!
The Brighter the Better
Traditional wedding invitations are white, ecru or cream. Maybe ivory. At any rate, they’re some variation on the theme of plain and boring. Avoid having invitations that look like everyone else’s by using bright colors and designs. Try a swirling 1960s flower power design, use stark red and black for a modern touch, or give them a bright punch with a solid bright favorite color. You can do your own designing with these fun concepts. Once you’ve got the perfect look, have them printed. It’s much less expensive than having a professional designer do the invitations, and a lot more fun, too.
Use Your Sense of Humor
You’re sly, witty and sarcastic, and your friends totally get you. You’d rather spend your life laughing than getting serious, and the everyday details in your life show it. Why not let your humor show in your wedding invitations? Anything else wouldn’t really be you. As Buzzfeed suggests, take a hyper-formal engagement portrait, but put a t-Rex in the background. Dress up as zombie hunters or characters in Mad Men for the picture on the cover. Include your love for Doctor Who or your passion for competitive stunt kite flying and make a photo montage for the invite. Just let your humor run wild to let your guests in on the fun.
It Doesn’t Have to Be Paper
Your wedding invitation doesn’t have to be a card folded into an envelope and sent through the mail. If you’re having a relatively small wedding and you can hand deliver the invites, get creative with the packaging for your one-of-a-kind invitations. For a summer wedding, roll up a printed scroll and use it in a message in a bottle. Include some sand and tiny shells in each bottle for authentic flair. Have the invitation printed on coffee mugs, Frisbees, or t-shirts and hand them out on a relaxing weekend. Print them on fabric so your guests can use them in craft projects. Use one of the companies online that mold chocolate in any design and make a tasty invitation. Just print the invite on the wrapper, too. Think outside the envelope, especially if you only have a few invitations to send out. Props to PoptasticBride.com for some of the ideas here!
About Linda Owens
Linda is a wedding planner from Texas who loves to go over the top for her brides and grooms.