How to choose the font style for invitation?
Choosing the best design and font plays a vital role in the preliminary design of the wedding card. A good font adds beauty to the invitation and a good Invitation adds prestige and honour to the personality of the Host who is giving the invitation.
a) Choose simple fonts
When it comes to which font to use, it is your choice. No barriers may stop you and no restriction may befall. However the fonts must be legible, readable and must look elegant, something that enthralls the person who receives your invite.
b) Elegant Fonts
When you opt for elegant fonts with cursive handwriting,. The Elegant font won’t give you the realistic handwritten feel. They are a mixture of Reminiscent of old age fonts that’s very beautiful. Some of them are Palace Script, Edwardian Script, and Exmouth. Apart from these, calligraphic fonts such as Bispo which have great readability and elegance. Vivaldi and Black Chancery are also ideal for wedding invites.
c) Casual Fonts
Casual is a serif typeface that has itself described by its name. Casual Hardcore, Quintessential, Oleo Script Swash Caps, Julee, Bahiana, Trocchi+3, Sofia, Sansita One, Radcliffe, Gabriela, Della Respira, Esteban are some of the popular Casual Fonts used.
Fonts and Psychology
Each and every font are unique and have a special purpose. It’s necessary to identify which font matches the intended tone of communication. Serif fonts express tradition and a formal tone. Sans serif fonts are modern and neutral. Slab serif fonts are contemporary. Script fonts are elegant and stylish.
Size of Font to be used
Wedding invitations are easy to read when the lines of text are kept short and sweet. For readability, using fonts at precise size 14 – 16 is a most preferred one because it gives a pleasant appearance.
Note: Make sure you take printout of an invitation content layout to check out the legibility and readability of the font before going for the final print.
Top 5 grammar mistakes to avoid in a wedding card
Whether you are writing words for an invite or anything else grammar is a must so that we may convey our idea clearly and precise. We would have made our invitation luxurious and grand but a simple grammar mistake will shatter the entire concept useless. So we must take utmost care to check the grammar before sending our invitation for printing. Let’s look at the top 5 grammar mistakes usually one may encounter in the wedding card industry:
There are certain words that look extremely weird. No matter how many times we may write them, these words don’t get straight into our mind. These are the words that we either misspell them or struggle to know whether we are right or wrong. A lot of errors occur with tricky words or with words that include accent marks, like entrée and purée. Even if we want to ignore these types of words, we encounter them often in wedding words.
Homophones are words having the same sound but different meanings.In the daily vocabulary a lot of these Homophones get swapped in the usage resulting in chaos and confusion. This is very dangerous because we may end up conveying something opposite to what we had thought. Some words that get swapped in the usage are “their” , “there” and “they’re”. People often get confused while using words like “Your” and “you’re”. The list goes on. It’s better to check each and every word twice before sending it for printing just to avoid confusion and refraining from the communication from going wrong.
When it comes to dates included on an invitation, there are a few things that couples get confused about. There are certain numbers like eighth, ninth, twelfth, eighteenth and thirtieth which are some of the most commonly misspelled, while February is the month that is most often misprinted. Some people end up writing February as Feburary. Another word that is used improperly is the word “and”. When people spell the year 2020, they spell it as “Two thousand and twenty” which is not correct at all. “Two thousand twenty” is the correct spelling for 2020.
4. Improper Capitalisation
Most people capitalise the first letter of each word in the year which is not correct . The correct way is ‘Two thousand seventeen’ not ‘Two Thousand Seventeen’ or when it comes to attire, it should only be the first word that gets capitalized—’Black coat’ and not ‘Black Coat’.
5. Incorrect Abbreviations
Some people tend to use the abbreviations improperly. Let’s take the abbreviation RSVP. Adding ‘please’ before requesting an RSVP will look improper and weird because ‘RSVP’ is the abbreviation for répondez s’il vous plaît which simply means ‘please respond’. Additionally, the name of any house of worship should be written out completely. For example, it should be Saint Matthew’s Church instead of St. Matthew’s Church. It is critical that these things are checked well before the invitation goes for printing.
How to avoid grammar mistakes
Before the content is sent to the printer for printing it should be proofread multiple times. The service of a person with a sound knowledge of English Grammar should be utilised. The proof should be checked multiple times.
Proper use of the thesaurus is essential to avoid the basic grammar mistakes. Nowadays there are online and offline dictionaries. There are inbuilt dictionaries that take care of the spellings and grammar. A lot of grammar checking softwares have come, making it easy for writing without grammatical errors.
- Basic grammar skills
Learning basic English grammar is something that will help avoiding basic grammar mistakes. There are courses and books scattered throughout the market for people who want to learn English Grammar.
If we take into consideration the importance of Grammar and make a little effort by using the above ways then it will be possible for us to render our invites free of grammatical mistakes.
Top 12 mistakes every invitation is vulnerable to
We see a lot of mistakes being made on Wedding Invitations. These mistakes often go unnoticed and at the end cause embarrassment to both the parties of the wedding. It is therefore vital to check and correct these mistakes at the earliest.
1. Words with wrong spelling
It is very important that we don’t misspell any word. Misspelt words will create embarrassment. It’s very important to get our wording proofread by someone who is well versed in proofreading. Checking each word more than twice will not be a bad idea to avoid the misspelling of the words.
2. Grammatical Error
Grammar mistakes do occur often. Grammar mistakes are more common in a wedding invite. It is better to get the document proofread twice so that grammar mistakes can be found and eliminated.
3. Missing time and date
Time and date are very important in a wedding invitation. Even if any of the information goes missing, it will really become a critical issue. An invitation without date or time will render it incomplete.
4. Missing ceremony and reception location
It is very important to mention the ceremony and reception location correctly in the invitation. Even if one of the two go missing then the invitation will become useless.
5. Wrong name or address on response envelopes
Decide whose name you are going to address on the response envelopes. This could be someone who takes the responsibility of recording the responses and maintaining the list. The person could be the bride, mother of the bride or a sister. Whoever it is, proper care should be taken to put that person’s address on the response card envelope correctly without making any mistake.
6. Missing the name on response envelopes
Proper care should be taken that the name and address of the person in charge of responses should be on all the response card envelopes. Otherwise, guests will not know to whom the responses should be sent.
7. Different types of styles and ink colours on enclosure cards
Most couples want the ink colours and type styles to match the wedding theme in every aspect of their wedding. One need to realise that the same ink colours and type styles for response cards, reception cards, direction cards, etc., should be used.
8. Selecting a paper of good quality
Take your time to browse the quality and type of paper you are going to use. You may allocate time for that at least 4 months prior to the wedding. This will be better than selecting some paper in a hurry and lamenting after everything is done.
9. Timely order
Make sure you order the invitations 3-4 months before the wedding. Once the invitations arrive you can send them 4-6 weeks before the wedding
10. Underestimating the shipping time
Shipping time should be calculated to be one or two days from the date of completion of the production. For example if the production takes 3 days then the shipping will be done on the fourth day or the fifth day.
11. Number of invites to be ordered
When you order the invites, order some extra invites. Ordering 25 more extra invites can be considered.
12. Ordering extra envelopes
Envelopes missing or torn? What to do? To avoid such an embarrassing situation ordering extra envelopes will come to one’s rescue.
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