So you said ‘Yes!’ and the wedding planning has begun.  Now it’s time to ask those closest to you if they will do you the honor of being in your wedding party standing next to you as you say ‘I do’.

Since recent trends seem to involve more than just verbally asking bridesmaids and groomsmen to be part of your wedding celebration, here are some creative and fun ideas for popping the question.

How about bridal party scratch off cards?  Create some exciting suspense by having them do the scratch off to reveal whether you are asking them to be a bridesmaid or maid/matron of honor.

 Will You Be My Bridesmaid Cards

Bridal Party Scratch Off Cards

And we can’t forget about the guys in your wedding party. Here are some scratch off cards just for them, again depending on their role of either groomsman or best man.

Will You Be My Groomsman Cards

Groomsman & Best Man Scratch Off Cards

These embroidered Pop the Question tote bags are adorable for not only asking the appropriate question but also for keeping as a remembrance of their role in your wedding. They can also be used long after the celebration.  As a special personal touch for each gal, have their name embroidered on the tote and consider filling it with their favorite item to let them know just how important they are to you.

Pop the Question Tote Bags

Pop the Question Tote Bags

We all know weddings can bring on happy tears so how appropriate are these ‘Will you be my…’ personalized hankies.  Personalize the hankie design that asks the right question with her name in embroidery.  What a terrific keepsake of your wedding celebration, and it may just come in handy on the day itself.

Will You Be My Bridesmaid Hanky

Will You Be My Bridesmaid, Maid of Honor, Matron of Honor Hankies

If you are planning to give each person a gift when you ask them to be in your wedding party, why not include a fun card or gift tag appropriate to the role you are asking them to fulfill.  These adorable Pop the Question sets include bridesmaid (5), maid of honor, matron of honor, personal attendant, flower girl, groomsman (5), best man and ring bearer.

Pop the Question Sets

Pop the Question Sets

Hopefully these ideas gave you some inspiration for having some fun and being creative when popping the question to those you have hand picked to be part of your wedding party.

I couldn’t end this post without talking about how you will thank each of these special people who you chose to stand by you on one of the most important days of your life.  These thank you card sets are perfect for writing a very personal note of thanks to each person for the role they played in your wedding celebration.  Each set is a little different as far as the specific people they cover but both sets include ‘Special Thanks’ cards that can be written for other wedding party members or even parents.

Wedding Party Thank You Sets

Wedding Party Thank You Sets

Last, but certainly, not least, be sure to also check out our fabulous selection of personalized gifts for your wedding attendants.

Boho wedding invitations are a natural choice for introducing guests to your bohemian theme.  Words like rustic, laid back, vintage, nature, florals, romantic, chic and whimsical may come to mind when describing this style of wedding.

This theme has gained popularity with couples in recent years.  Whether it’s using florals and vines to represent nature or soft colors for a rustic vintage look or bright bold colors for a whimsical appearance, you’ll find there are unique ways to display your boho wedding theme on your invitations.  Here are just a few examples…

This elegant letterpress Boho Vines Invitation perfectly fits its name by featuring a simple boho vine for a natural rustic touch to frame your wording.

Boho Wedding Invitations Boho Vines

Boho Vines Invitation

On this customer favorite, Boho Breeze, soft floral colors along with a hint of a lace pattern create vintage elegance.  It’s a two-sided card, and it’s hard to decide which side has the prettier design.  Matching insert pieces continue the boho chic style.

Bohemian Wedding Invitations Boho Breeze

Boho Breeze Invitation

The charming wreath of flowers and greenery on this Boho Botanicals Invitation seems to resemble a floral headpiece that some brides wear for a bohemian themed wedding.

Boho Botanicals Wedding Invitation

Boho Botanicals Invitation

For a more whimsical look, you can choose this Flowery Boho Invitation with its brighter floral shades.  This two-sided design lets you decide the background color on both sides.

Unique Wedding Invitations Flowery Boho

Flowery Boho Invitation

Start your boho theme off right with this Boho Swag Save the Date to announce your upcoming wedding date.  You create your own custom look with your color selection for the flowers and you provide your favorite photo for the other side of the card.

Wedding Save the Dates Boho Swag

Boho Swag Save the Date

If you are planning to celebrate your wedding with a boho or bohemian theme, I hope you have found some inspiring design ideas to get you started.  Feel free to browse all of our available boho wedding invitations.

Did you know there’s a lot of terminology when it comes to wedding invitations.  In past blog posts, we covered basic invitation termsmore modern day terms and terms related to different invitation printing processes.

With new wedding trends popping up all the time, many of them also carry over to invitations therefore introducing even more lingo to learn.  So here’s some additional terminology you may want to become familiar with for your invitation shopping…

All ‘n One invitation – convenient design combines all of your wedding celebration information on a single invitation piece that folds up for easy inserting into its mailing envelope.  Printed on this two-sided design are your ceremony, reception, accommodations and response details.  The response portion is an actual postcard that is removed by guests to simply mail back without the need for an extra envelope.  Many of these designs also include room for a favorite photo or two.

Picture Perfect Love All n One Invitation

Picture Perfect Love All n One Invitation

Backer Card – an additional blank card, in your color choice, that is slightly larger in size compared to your invitation card.  It requires some assembly to attach it underneath with provided glue dots so that the edges of the backer card create a contrasting color border around your invitation card.

Modern Decadence Invitation with Backer

Modern Decadence Invitation with Backer

Flat printing (also known as digital printing) – a printing process by which ink is deposited flat onto the paper surface by a digital printer.  Your color options are vast with this process as it may also provide flexibility in being able to change the color of the design as well as the wording for a truly custom look.  Printing of photos and full color designs are very popular uses of flat printing due to the accuracy and clarity the process provides.

Beach Bliss Valstyle Invitation

Beach Bliss ValStyle Invitation

Glitter printing (glitter ink printing) – a process of printing that adds extra shine and glam to your invitation design.  Real glitter is mixed with thermography powder and then heated to coat lettering and designs.

Glitz and Glam Invitation

Glitz and Glam Invitation

Laser cut – the process of cutting designs into paper with a laser beam.  Laser cut wedding invitations are beautifully unique with their intricate details that are often times used in corner, border or wrap designs and are occasionally even accented with color.

Laser Cut Wedding Invitations Sumptuous Rose

Sumptuous Rose Invitation

Watercolor – a refreshing, elegant trend featuring soft washes of color as part of the design.  Often times it may appear as though the color was brushed onto the paper.  Watercolor wedding invitations are a versatile design choice that can fit a variety of wedding themes.

Affordable Wedding Invitations Watercolor Beauty

Watercolor Beauty Invitation

Now that you have these helpful explanations, why not start putting them to good use while doing some wedding invitation shopping.

In planning your wedding, have you given any thought to rehearsal dinner invitations?

They can come in handy when you are looking to share all the details of your rehearsal gathering with those you are inviting to attend – the wedding party and their significant others, your parents and possibly some close family and friends.  This is undoubtedly a much smaller event than your actual wedding but making sure all those involved know exactly when and where it’s going to happen is still important.

Sending a wedding rehearsal invitation will hopefully eliminate anyone being overlooked or any miscommunication of the details.  Having a special invite will also serve as a reminder to guests of the schedule of events for this night before your wedding.

Even though the rehearsal of the ceremony is most important, the dinner that follows is a great time for everyone to get to know one another as well as relax and have a little fun before your wedding celebration.

Depending on how formal or casual your pre-wedding event will be, there are all different styles of rehearsal invitations from which you can choose.  Keep in mind that the design doesn’t have to match your wedding invitations but instead may reflect the type of rehearsal party you are planning.

If you happen to be having a barbeque party, this Night Before BBQ invitation would be perfect.  Its two-sided design has all the rehearsal details printed on the other side.

Rehearsal Dinner Invitations Night Before BBQ

Night Before BBQ Invitation

This Practice and Party design is eye-catching with its modern look, and it has room for both the rehearsal and dinner information to both be listed.  You’ll notice printed at the bottom of the card are the names of those hosting the rehearsal dinner and how to rsvp to them.

Rehearsal Dinner Invitation Practice and Party

Practice and Party Invitation

This enchanted Big Night Before two-sided design again has room for listing the specifics of both rehearsal events.  You also customize the look with your selection of ink colors and the style of outside border trim.

Rehearsal Dinner Invitations Big Night Before

Big Night Before Invitation

If you’re looking to keep your design simple, this Spirited Summons invitation will work nicely in your choice of ink color.

Rehearsal Dinner Invitations Spirited Summons

Spirited Summons Invitation

These are just a few of our many unique rehearsal dinner invitations that you can choose to personalize for your pre-wedding celebration so make sure to take a look at all of them.

Be sure to also check out our Pinterest board showcasing more creative ideas for your wedding rehearsal dinner – http://www.pinterest.com/prntdcreations/wedding-rehearsal-dinner/.

What could be more personal than photo wedding invitations?  In today’s world, everyone loves sharing selfies but why not share your photos as a couple even if they aren’t selfies.  Photographs also make your invitation a lasting keepsake for family and friends long after the wedding is over.

When invitation shopping, you’ll find many different styles and designs that feature one or even multiple photographs.  Some designs may even fit your wedding theme.  In this post, we are featuring just a few examples…

This Amor Invitation with its unusual folding pattern has space for four photos in two different sizes.  So if you can’t seem to choose just one or two favorites, this is the design for you.

Amor Photo Invitation

Amor Invitation

In this unique photo booklet invitation, All in the Details, your photos appear on the cover and adjacent to your invitation as you open the booklet.  Also included are pages to list accommodations, your reception details, and places to visit in the area for any out-of-town guests.

Photo Wedding Invitations All in the Details Photo Booklet

All in the Details Photo Booklet Invitation

As an all ‘n one design, this Cherished Moments Invitation has room for two photos and has a response postcard attached for guests to remove and mail back.

Cherished Memories All in One Invitation

Cherished Memories All in One Invitation

Fun banners in your choice of color are used on this Brilliant Banner Seal ‘n Send to highlight your favorite photo and wedding details.  Seal n send wedding invitations are designed to conveniently fold up into their own self-mailing piece with a response postcard attached for easy removal and return by your guests.  Both the mailing envelope and response card return envelope are eliminated.

Brilliant Banner Photo Seal n Send Invitation

Brilliant Banner Photo Seal n Send Invitation

These two invitations happen to be z-fold designs.  The Having and Holding Photo Invitation has space for two photos and the Lacy Burlap Photo Invitation has only one photo in the center panel.

Photo Wedding Invitations

Having and Holding Invite                  Lacy Burlap Invite

How about featuring your favorite photo on one side of your invitation with the other side having a design as with this Top Shot Photo Invitation or having the other side printed with your wording as on this So You Photo Wedding Invitation.

Top Shot Photo Invitation

Top Shot Photo Invitation

So You Photo Wedding Invitation

So You Photo Invitation

As you can see, there are many great ways to include photos on your invitations if that’s your preference.  Feel free to check out our entire selection of photo wedding invitations.

Remember, photos aren’t just for invitations…they are also fitting for save the dates, and pictures from your wedding are perfect for your thank you cards.

Wedding programs are not only helpful to guests but also add that special touch to your ceremony.  It’s probably safe to assume that your guests won’t know all the people involved in your wedding so programs are a great way to introduce your parents, the wedding party, ushers, etc., as well as those who are participating in the ceremony (officiator, musicians, organist, soloist, readers, etc.).  At the same time, guests will use your printed program to follow along with the order of service.

Here are a few other details that you may consider having printed on your programs, depending on your preferences and the available space…

  • The names of any family members or friends in whose honor you have placed a floral arrangement or special candle in loving memory on your special day.
  • A reminder to guests regarding cell phones and cameras.  Include a line such as…Welcome to our “unplugged” wedding.  We kindly ask you to put your phones and cameras away until the completion of the ceremony.
  • An invitation to guests along with the location if you are having a reception immediately following the ceremony.
  • A message of thanks to all of your guests for being with you on your wedding day.
  • Special sentiments to your wedding party, parents, etc.
  • A few favorite things or fun facts about you and your fiancé.
  • An announcement of your new home address as newlyweds.

When it comes to the design of wedding ceremony programs, the more traditional styles tend to be folded in half or into thirds as a trifold design.

Wedding Ceremony Programs

Loves Devotion                       Typography Blend Slimline

More modern styles can include whimsical designs, bold colors, 2-sided printing, unique shapes, etc.   This Graphic Delight design shown below has a blended mixture of different typestyles and contemporary graphics.  It’s also folded into thirds horizontally for a compact program size.

Wedding Programs Graphic Delight Slimline

Graphic Delight Slimline

You may even find that there is a program design to match or complement your wedding invitation design as shown here.

Jungle Love Wedding Invitation Program

Jungle Love Invitation & Matching Program

Another popular trend is attaching your program card to a plastic or wooden handle creating a wedding program fan.  This makes it easier for guests to hold the card and to conveniently use it as a personal fan for keeping cool during warm weather.  These program fans also come in unique and fun shapes as shown below.

Wedding Program Fans

Wedding Program Fans

It’s important to be accurate with all the details of your wedding program but you can also be creative with the design you choose to the delight of your guests.  Be sure to browse our entire selection of wedding programs including traditional, modern and whimsical styles.

Nautical wedding invitations are perfect for introducing your romantic nautical theme to your guests.  Whether it’s using different color shades inspired by the crystal blue waters or including design elements such as sailing rope, anchors, compasses, etc., you’ll find there are many different ways to display your nautical wedding theme on your invitations.  Here are just a few examples…

The color navy blue along with several nautical symbols are used on this Destination Love Invitation.  A compass is featured on the invitation card while the matching insert cards feature an anchor, a sailing ship and a lighthouse to complete the theme.

Nautical Wedding Invitations Destination Love

Destination Love Invitation

On this customer favorite nautical invitation, Nautical Romance, your initials are highlighted within the anchor and rope design.  Different shades of blue are showcased in the design and wording as well as within the classic stripes at the bottom.

Nautical Romance Wedding Invitation

Nautical Romance Invitation

To go along with a nautical themed wedding, this uniquely shaped Ahoy Mates! Invitation for a couple’s wedding shower is simply adorable right down to the tiny heart at the top of the anchor.

Nautical Wedding Invitations Ahoy Mates

Ahoy Mates! Invitation

It’s all in the details with this Nautical Design Seal ‘n Send from the rope and anchor to the life preserver with its inside shaped as a heart, and let’s not forget the look of white boards as the background.  This is also an all-in-one style that is designed to conveniently fold up into its own self-mailing piece.  A response postcard is attached to the invitation along a perforation for easy removal and return by your guests without a separate return mailing envelope.

Nautical Design Seal n Send Wedding Invitation

Nautical Design Seal n Send Invitation

Don’t forget the accessories!  From guests books and wedding programs to cake tops and personalized drink coasters, you can check out these and many more custom nautical wedding accessories.

Nautical Wedding Accessories

Nautical Wedding Accessories

If you are planning to tie the knot in nautical style, I hope you have found some inspiring ideas to make your romance set sail.  Feel free to browse all of our available nautical wedding invitations.

Be sure to check out our Pinterest board showcasing many more unique nautical wedding ideas – http://www.pinterest.com/prntdcreations/nautical-wedding-theme/.

When it comes to modern wedding invitation designs, you will find more options for customizing them with your choice of colors.  It used to be that most designs had their color(s) already determined and you were only allowed to choose the color of ink for the invitation wording.  There are still designs like that today, but there are also more and more designs that give you color options for both design elements and the verse printing.  Custom colors are a great way to add your own personal touch to your invitation design.

Here are just a few unique examples of how your choice of color can truly transform the look of the same wedding invitation design.

By simply changing the color of the roses on this Lovely Roses Invitation, you can make it custom to your wedding flowers.  Choosing the same ink color for your names and/or invitation wording is also a way to customize the design.

Wedding Invitation Design Lovely Roses

Lovely Roses Wedding Invitation

This modern floral design, Paradise Garden Invitation, let’s you choose the color of the background which again totally changes the look of the invitation to match your wedding colors while the floral border colors remain the same.

Modern Wedding Invitations Paradise Garden

Paradise Garden Invitation

You design the complete appearance of this Whimsical Wreath Invitation by the background color you select along with the lettering ink color to most likely match your wedding colors.

Whimsical Wreath Wedding Invitation Design

Whimsical Wreath Invitation

Now that you have been introduced to these examples of designs that let you be unique and creative with your color choices, feel free to browse all of our modern wedding invitation designs.

Response cards play an important role in the final stages of wedding planning so you want to be sure to include them when sending out your wedding invitations.  That being said, why not also have a little fun with them which is what this post is all about.

Enchanted Memories Valstyle Wedding Invitations

Enchanted Memories Invitation w/response card

For a refresher on all the specifics and etiquette, check out my previous blog post on wedding response cards.

Wedding RSVP Cards Vintage Pearls and Lace

Vintage Pearls and Lace Response Card

In addition to the basic information that is requested on an RSVP card, there are a couple of other questions you may want to ask.  One of them could be their choice of entrée if you are offering options to your guests.   You can choose to have the names of the entrée choices printed on the cards or you could creatively have the food choices represented by the appropriate symbol.  Pictured here are both options…

Response Cards Glowing Fantasy

Glowing Fantasy Response Card

Wedding Response Card Nature of Love

Nature of Love Respond Card

You may have noticed on the one design that it also indicated that the reply could be made via email address.  Proper etiquette is that you provide the postage stamps on the response card envelopes for the convenience of guests.  So including an email address could result in some of the prepaid postage not being used…just something to keep in mind.

One other question you may want to ask on your respond cards pertains to favorite songs your guests would like to be played during the wedding reception.  Below is an example that includes wording for requested songs or it could be worded as ‘please tell us your favorite song to get you on the dance floor‘.  This information can come in handy when preparing your music play list.

Response Card Vintage Now

Vintage Now Response Card

Asking for these extra tidbits of information from your guests on their response cards is a great way to get them engaged and excited for your upcoming wedding.

Most of the time you will find your chosen wedding invitation design has a matching response card so then it’s just a matter of selecting the wording you would like printed on them.  Hopefully you have found some inspiration by the ideas mentioned in this post.

Having unique wedding invitations doesn’t have to just refer to the invites themselves.  Why not start with the outside which is what your family and friends will see first when they arrive in their mailboxes.

Here are a few creative ways you can make the outside of your mailing piece as unique as your wedding invitations…

  • Size – There are so many different designs from which to choose that can also include different sizes such as tea length and square.  Whatever the invitation’s dimensions, the mailing envelope will be sized accordingly to reflect the unique size and shape.
Unique Wedding Invitations Vintage Pearls and Lace

Vintage Pearls and Lace Invitation

  • Self-Mailing Style – Choosing this style actually eliminates a separate mailing envelope altogether.  Commonly known as seal n send wedding invitations, this all-in-one style is conveniently designed to fold up into its own self-mailing piece.  A response postcard is attached to the invitation along a perforation for easy removal and return by your guests again without a separate envelope.  Since it’s folded and sealed, the ready-to-mail piece will actually show the back side of the invitation printed with the design you chose making it a truly unique piece of mail.
Seal n Send Wedding Invitations Lacy Rustic

Lacy Rustic Seal n Send Invitation

  • Color – With certain designs, you may be presented with the option of choosing colored inner and/or outer envelopes in place of the standard white for an additional charge.  You can make your color selection from the choices listed to match your invitation design.  A more recent trend has some designs including the outer envelope made from kraft paper.  Color is sure to bring attention to your invitation mailing.
Unique Wedding Invitations Flowery Boho

Flowery Boho Invitation

  • Decorative Seals – To add a special touch to the outside of your invitation mailing piece, a decorative seal can be placed on the back of the envelope giving the appearance that it is sealing the flap down.  For seal and send invitations, the seals are included since they really do seal the invitation for mailing.  When purchasing your own decorative seals, you’ll find many design choices from monograms to first names to specific themes.
Decorative Seals Love Seal

Love Seal

  • Custom Wedding Postage Stamps – Creating your own personalized wedding stamps is another creative option for mailing your wedding invitations.  You can choose to upload your favorite photo or select a ready-to-use wedding design just adding your names and wedding date.  Another great way to reflect your own personal style.

Today’s couples are eager to add their own personal touches to all aspects of their wedding.  So why not make the mailing of your unique wedding invitations a little more special using any of the above ideas to start building your guests’ excitement even before they open them.