Finding the perfect invitation
Hints for picking Jewish Wedding, Simcha and Barmitzvah Invitations
by Marc Harris
Written on 29/May/2012
You have just set the date for your simcha – mazel tov.
Now the hard work really begins! Once you have circled the date, booked the synagogue and found your dream venue (having found your dream partner!), it’s time to tackle the next important part of the simcha jigsaw – the invitation. Your invitation is the first impression that guests will have of your wedding, what they can expect and how formal or casual the affair will be. As it will set the tone for the entire day, there are many things to think about when finding the perfect invitation, so here are some helpful tips to simplify the process.
1). Ask friends and family if they can recommend an invitation designer, and also look online. Jewpro is an ideal place to begin your search for Jewish Wedding Invitations! Remember to look for testimonials on websites or ask for referrals. Take a thorough look at the portfolio of designs and find out what printing techniques are available, making sure that cards and envelopes are made from quality, heavy stock. Discuss any ideas you have at the meeting and bring along any examples you may have seen.
2). It is wise to compare prices with several designers, bearing in mind that some will include reply cards, thank you cards and envelopes. Remember to find out if the package includes printed names on the simcha invitations and envelopes or calligraphy.
3). Make sure to give yourself enough time to send out simcha invitations, preferably four to six months before the big day. To give guests plenty of notice you can also send out save the date cards, which are particularly useful if the wedding is going to be at the time of year when guests may have other commitments. It is sensible to order approximately ten extra invitations in case some get lost in the post or if you suddenly realise that you’ve forgotten to invite an old uncle! Make sure the correct postage is placed on the invitation.
4). Ask your invitation designer about supplying escort cards, place cards, table plans, menus and benchers, and consider creating a unified look. You may choose whatever wording you wish, although it is best to stick to a tried and tested formula, and keeping it simple.
As with any person offering their services, it is important that you feel you can get on well with them and that you are on the same wavelength. It’s a case of trusting your instincts. Designing your invitations should be an exciting, fun experience which should be conveyed in the simcha invitations themselves. We hope this advice will be useful in providing you with the beginnings of a wonderful day and life together!