From Wedding Reception Invitations to Invitation Templates - Just the Facts

Ordering invitations for a wedding isn't exactly rocket science. Yet if you haven't done it before, it can be intimidating. Two terms that sometimes confuse first-time wedding planners are wedding reception invitations and wedding invitation templates. Cut down on event planning stress by learning about when and how to use them.

What are wedding reception invitations?

Getting married at a church but hosting a reception at a restaurant? With a ceremony and a party in different locations, wedding reception invitations give your guests the details they need to be in the right place at the right time. This itty-bitty card--usually about half the size of the ceremony invite--is included with the invitation, the reply card and, if necessary, the map card.

Wedding reception invitations can also be used as reception-only invites. Whether you got married in Vegas surrounded by a few friends or tied the knot in a private ceremony attended by the two of you and your kids, there are many reasons you might need or want to keep the marriage ceremony separate from the party.

The most important part of wedding reception invitations is the wording you choose. Avoid embarrassing situations by clearly stating the invitation is for the reception only. Online wedding stationery websites and wedding planning sites usually offer wording suggestions that will satisfy the manners maven in your family and prevent your "crazy" cousins from unintentionally crashing your intimate ceremony.

Find wedding reception invitations to fit any event style through online stationery specialists.

What are wedding invitation templates and when should I use one?

A template is a pattern used to create wedding invites, much like the patterns you used to make aprons in high school home economics class. Templates allow you to print professionally designed stationery--from wedding reception invitations to ceremony programs to map cards--right from a home computer.

For a one-of-a-kind look, find wedding invitation templates that allow you to customize the pattern. If you want the option to customize, don't invest in a template until you know the answers to these 2 important questions:

1) Can it be customized? Some templates come as they are, so if you're looking to get creative be sure you can do so.

2) If it can be customized, what computer software is required to alter it? Don't waste money by purchasing a customizable template only to find out you don't have the software you need to change it.

While there are free printable wedding invitation templates available, you also purchase designs created by graphic artists, which means you get a professional look at a DIY price. Find high-quality wedding invitation templates through online wedding stationery printers.

Rose Watson is a reviewer and commentator on wedding invitations sites. For more recommendations and reviews of providers of
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This article was published on 08 Mar 2010 and has been viewed 2607 times
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