"The invitation is your first
opportunity to captivate your guests," said Raymond B. Hirsh,
owner of Lets Have an Affair in Whitefish Bay. "You dont
want your invitation to look like the one you received for the last 20
weddings. You dont want to just pick something out of the
book." Going completely customized can be extremely expensive.
Nor is it necessary.
Desktop publishing provides an
economical option. "You can find kits for use on your home
computer that include ribbon, vellum and background papers," said
Jane Ciabotti, owner of A Touch of Whimsy in Delafield. "You can
take it all home and run it through your laser printer to save
When designing your own invitations,
there are several things to keep in mind.
Give plenty of information.
"The hard and fast rule is that it is never
a sin to give too much information," Hirsh said. "The more
you give, the more your guests will be prepared. Be very descriptive
about what is going to happen."
Work with a professional.
"Working with a professional can make a real difference,"
Ciabotti said. "We have loads of samples, access to odd-size
envelopes and upscale papers, and can advise the best way to print
invitations. We make sure everything is by the book,
Take it to a printer. Even if you
design your invitation from scratch, if you are using upscale paper
stock, you will need special equipment. "Its not like printing
a flyer," Hirsh said.
Pay attention to mail requirements.
"Keep in mind that wedding invitations tend to come in odd shapes
that may require extra postage," Ciabotti said. "Square, for
example, is a new trend. Adding jackets or sleeves all adds up. With
reply cards and return envelopes, it can make a heavy package."
Try something new. The newest look
is vertical with a matching envelope addressed on the vertical.
Let it be your invitation. "The
sky is the limit," Ciabotti said. "Its your day and the
invitation sets the tone for it. You want it to be a reflection of