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Planning a wedding is a lot of work. Booking the perfect venue, choosing the date, deciding on a color scheme- it can all get overwhelming pretty fast! There are countless options and endless choices when it comes to making your big day uniquely yours. We would love to help by providing for you tips to help create your perfect wedding invitation!

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Once you’ve decided a date and booked your venue, you’re well on your way to wedded bliss! But before the wedding bells ring and you’re jetting off to a tropical destination for your honeymoon, you’ve got to finish up all the little details. Get your guest list ready because here are my top five tips for your perfect wedding invitation:

 Keep your wedding colors in mind

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As with everything in the industry, there are endless options for invites. You may love the sleek look of thick black lines on a stark white background, but if your wedding colors are pastel pink and mint- make sure you try to choose an invite more in line with your theme. It gives your guests an idea of what to expect if they want to dress accordingly, and helps to tie it all together in photos.

Make sure you bring a couple invites on your wedding day, or mail one to your photographer to bring so that you can get beautiful photos of them along with all your other decor (TIP: Ask your florist to bring extra loose florals so I can make the invitation set up even more beautiful). Invitations are one of my favorite things to photograph!

Stick with the theme

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Along with colors, some couples choose to have a certain theme for their wedding. If you’re planning your wedding around a favorite book series, having an Alice in Wonderland celebration, or planning to dance the night away in Great Gatsby attire- be sure to coordinate your invitations! If you’re wanting your guests to dress according to theme, be sure to note that in the invite as well.

Consider the cost

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With a plethora of choices also comes a wide range of cost. Invitations can range from a super steal for a bundle, to the cost of a steak dinner at a nice restaurant for a single invite. Look closely at your budget and figure out what you’re willing to spend on invitations before starting your search. is a great site for affordable invites!

 Hire a calligrapher

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If you can fit it in your invite budget, a calligrapher is so worth it! Invitations are a first peek into your wedding festivities for your guests, and calligraphy is a stunning visual and keepsake for your guests (and you)! You can have your invites designed, and even the envelopes addressed in calligraphy. There is also the option of digital calligraphy, which will save money- but there is nothing quite as beautiful and personal as traditional, handwritten calligraphy.

Include all important details! This sounds like a given, but you would be surprised how many people order invites only to realize they left out the location, time, or date! Once you pick the invite, fill in ALL the details of your big day. Venue, date, time, reception, menu items, dress code, travel accommodations, etc! Don’t leave anything out! The last thing you want to do is spend more money on invites to correct a minor error. Cross your t’s, dot your i’s, and triple check before you finalize your invites!

With so many decisions to make regarding your big day, I hope this list helps you narrow down your picks for the perfect invitations! As a photographer, I really love to capture all the little details, and wedding invites are a beautiful summary of your special day.

Happy planning!


Your invitation is the first impression someone gets of your big day. I hope these tips to help create your perfect wedding invitation have helped you visualize your dream invitation. Newly engaged? Congrats! We would love to discuss the photography options that would suit your perfect day. Interested in booking your own engagement or wedding? Let’s Chat!

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