Choosing your Wedding Invitation

11th November, 2014

Over the past 10 years, I’ve worked closely with more than 500 brides. I love working with new clients and always get excited about sharing ideas for their wedding day and stationery. However, I have observed that most brides feel a little overwhelmed at first as there seems to be so much choice available these days. With online businesses and wedding fairs they are often left feeling bewildered and not sure which way to turn. I’ve put together some tips which will hopefully make it a lot easier to choose a suitable invitation.


  • Count the number of guests you have on your list, half the number and add 10. This is the approximate number of invitations you will need for your day guests. Remember, except for your friends who are single, you will only need one invitation per couple/family.
  • It is a good idea to work out a budget for your invitation beforehand. This will help you find a design within your price range. 
  • Take into account how much the postage will be for the invitation you have chosen to avoid any unforeseen costs.
  • Timing is important to avoid a last minute rush. We advise sending invitations out 3 months before the wedding. This will give your guests 6 weeks to reply to you. 
  • The invitation is the first impression your guests have of your wedding day. It’s important that it reflects the style, the mood and even the venue of the day. Imagine opening the invitation yourself. You want your guests to be just as excited about your wedding day as you are. They will be if you send them an invitation fit for the occasion!
  • It’s a good idea to add a complimentary colour, I normally encourage choosing a neutral colour such as beige, silver or gold to enhance your theme colour. The designs below illustrate how this can enhance the design and décor.

An invitation showing the difference between having a theme colour without a complimentary and with a complimentary colour designed by Laura Ritchie Designs

  • Take into account what you would like to have included in your invitation. Do you need guest information, an RSVP card, map and directions, gift card etc or do you only need an invitation card? Look at the different design options that suit your particular requirements.
  • Choose a designer you connect with and whose style you like. Request a sample. Remember you get what you pay for. Always check the quality of the card and the printing before purchasing.

I hope this has been helpful. Next month we will be blogging about ‘on the day' stationery.


Tips on how to choose your wedding invitations by Laura Ritchie Designs