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When it’s time to start picking your wedding invitations it can be very easy to get lost in a sea of ribbons, engraving, calligraphy, paper type, texture and more. Where do you start? The theme & colour scheme you have picked for your wedding will guide you as to the style and type of wedding invitation you will go with.

The invitation is the first glimpse your guests get of what to expect at your wedding. If are having an informal beach wedding, then your invitation should communicate this to your guests at first glance. So think about the message you want to send out. Use your invitations to tell your guests about you as a couple. Here are some ideas for alternative wedding invitations. If you both love music then this custom photo vinyl record wedding invitation is a fantastic idea and makes a great keepsake for your guests.

For something completely different the Wedding Tea Towel is another great invitation that can be combined as an invitation & wedding favour. The Wedding Tea Towel company have a great selection of designs & you can use them as “Save the Date”  or wedding invitations.

For a fun element why not use wedding caricatures for your wedding invitations. Take it one step further and create a magnetic glossy fridge magnet invitation. Fridge magnets are also a great option for “Save the Date”.  Mind you some people may not want their guests to think of them every time they open the fridge!

For those having a beach themed wedding this is a lovely way to invite your guests to the wedding. I recently received one from a close friend whose wedding is taking place in Croatia and it was a real treat to receive it. You can almost feel the sun on your face and the sand between your feet when you open it!

If you are a couple who loves to travel or if you are having your wedding abroad then the passport wedding invitation is for you.  Here you can add a photo id, travel stamps and there is plenty of room for all the information you need your guests to know such as accommodation & flight details, directions to the venue and the itinerary for the days before and after the wedding.

What better way to tell your guests about your love for the environment or that you are having an eco-friendly wedding than by choosing 100% recycled wedding invitation card.

A beautiful and very unique invitation idea for the photographers out there!

I just love this wedding invitation. It is so personal! There is a lot of work in these invitations but I think they are worth it.

No matter what invitation you choose make sure you check what the postage would be before you purchase and that you have factored it into your wedding budget. Size, shape & weight play a big part in how much the postage will cost. You can find An Post’s wedding stamp 2013 on their website.

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