Weddings are elegant affairs and can be done many different ways and several motifs. They often follow similar patterns, though. Many people want to stick by what is beautiful, which is why many weddings are alike. There's obviously wrong with this at all, but some people want to be original and the first element that shows this is the invitation. The invitation is meant to just give the basic information and invite the guest in a way that's as welcoming as possible. Here are some awesome ways to do it that you probably haven't thought of yet.
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One invitation for those who appreciate originality while still maintaining elegance and a classic feel is the paper cutout. I love it for its ornate intricacy. This invitation is so detailed that it goes beyond design into art. If created on sturdy enough paper, the cutout can stand alone. If done on paper of regular width, it will need to be attached to a piece of paper. This can be great though, adding color and more design to your invitation. Either way, this invitation is a winner no matter what you do to it.
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If you are a fan of the 'Little Miss' and 'Mister Men' books, then you will love this :-) The cute invitation is a recreation of the classic children's book that people my have grown up with. It's an adorable throwback that will bring back nostalgia for anyone sentimental. I personally love Little Miss Sunshine and Mr. Messy the most. Those would be on my cover :-)
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For the more nerdy brides and grooms, this is a cool way to go. I love that the invitation is pixelated just a nintendo video game invoking nostalgia once again, for the true gamer of course. What truly makes this vintage though is the 'Insert Coin?' line on the left of card, bringing you back to the olden days of arcades. I love this one, because it brings back childhood again, and I'm not even a big video games fan.
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This one is for the cook, food aficionado or just those with a sweet tooth. The invitation is a chocolate bar with the wedding invitation written on the packaging. It has very creative detail as well and is so realistic that is could pass for a normal manufactured candy bar. And every will love receiving a sweet treat along with an invitation to your big day.
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I'm not quite sure what theme this wedding invitation would accompany, but nonetheless, it is a very original and fun idea. Instead of sending one piece of paper, this invitation is a small deck of custom playing cards with bits of information on each card. A great way to employ the deck to the fullest would be to use the number cards to give out the date, ceremony time, address and other things like this. And a cute idea that was used in example above, is use the heart cards of the deck :-)
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A cute idea that is perfect for those using certain motifs is event tickets. This is broad idea too, so it can work for themes relating to movies, plays, carnivals, or just a party (reception) in general. Using an actual ticket for admission isn't used much anymore now that you can print tickets on printer paper, use a confirmation number, or just have a barcode scanned on your iphone. This will bring back a fun, vintage feel and can be very elegant if done well. You can even collect the stub at the door to have even more fun and to keep out the wedding crashers ;)
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Another one for the nerdy couple is comics books. I love this, for the reason that you can probably guess. That's right, because it's retro. It's perfect for those who love comics or just something from a bygone era. I love the detail on this one as well, with the ceremony date listed as the issue date in the top lefthand corner. The cool thing about this one is that there are thousands of covers you can get inspiration from.
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This is a great idea if you want to surprise your guests with your invitation. Just send a bag of puzzle pieces for guests to put together for a little bit of fun and the pleasant surprise of a wedding invitation. Who wouldn't love to get a surprise like that in the mail?
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I've saved my favorite for last. This the coolest wedding invitation idea I've ever seen. With this, you mail the wedding invitation to your guests in a tin can. The tin can will need to have a small hole in the bottom. When they open it up, guests will find the invitation, string and instructions. They will now use attach the string to the tin can and tie it to the newlywed's car on the day of the wedding. The instructions will them know just how to do it and you will be sure to have enough tin cans to bring some wind resistance to your car. This is a cute way to incorporate the age-old tradition of tin cans on the back of the newlyweds' car and involve your guests in the festivities. It is traditional and original, which is hard to do and you're sure to not come across another couple that has already done it.
Invitations are the first impression of your wedding to your guests, and originality can go a long way. Common wedding invitation patterns can be work, but guests won't know what they're in for exactly. An original invitation will most likely give them more of a sense of what's in store. Have fun with your invitations whether they're customary or original and make sure each of your personalities show.