perfect weddingWhen it comes to choosing wedding invitations these days, contemporary couples are faced with a dizzying array of choices. In fact, modern printing techniques offer you so many thousands of different choices that the problem is no longer coming up with an idea you like, but choosing from among the galaxy of fabulous choices presented to you.

For instance, you can choose from a plain, traditionally printed invitation, or you can craft something more specialized and more personal that incorporates your photos, your own art, or designs that are special to the happy couple. When you’re creating your wedding invitations, you can choose modern abstract designs, pictures of flowers, birds, butterflies, hearts, rainbows, or whatever you think expresses your love the best. The whole palate of colors is available, too. It used to be taboo to use the color black, but now it’s very hip and stylish. For my own wedding invitations, my fiancee and I chose a rather conservative style and typeface, but then we threw in a spray of little black stars that would spill out when the invitations were opened. Fun touches like that can help to make other people excited about your wedding, too.

One trend that I’ve noticed more and more is that wedding invitations are getting more elaborate, with ribbons attached, collages of images, and a more artistic and creative approach. The most important thing to think about when you’re creating your wedding invitations is the impression that you want to create. Do you want to seem fun and spontaneous? Or do you prefer a more sophisticated, dignified approach? One thing to consider is the people you’re sending it to. Will your friends and family think a sophisticated, slickly designed wedding invitation is too snobby? Perhaps you should go for a more homey approach featuring a picture of the new couple smiling out at their loved ones.

Another very important issue to consider is the kind of paper you use for your invitation. That choice is certainly a factor in the overall effect your wedding invitation creates. Do you want a heavy rag stock that will create an impression of luxuriousness, or do you want to emphasize yours and your fiancee’s social consciousness by using less-expensive recycled paper with eco-friendly soy-based inks. That’s something to think about. Every choice you make with your wedding invitations will add to the overall effect, from the colors and designs you use to the kind of paper it’s printed on.