Featured Vendor: Karmanos Printing & Graphics

 Featured vendor, Karmanos Printing and Graphics, shares with us the top 3 things to consider when designing your wedding invitations!


Your invitation is a direct reflection of what your guests are to expect at the wedding – it sets the whole tone for the event. If your wedding is a casual beach event, your invitation should not be so fancy as to give the illusion that cocktail attire is necessary. Likewise, if your event is an evening wedding in the city then your
invitation design and style should reflect the elegance of the evening. That being said, a lot can be achieved simply with the choice of font and layout of the invitation – for example, a combination of two opposite fonts used together on the invitation can lend to a rather nice design all in itself without the use of any extra design elements or logos. You may also want to consider designing a wedding “logo” or monogram to be used on all pieces from the save the dates, to the napkins at the reception. This is a nice way to carry through a common look on all pieces.

Packaging the Pieces

Of course you know that you need an invitation, and most likely a response card and envelope. But what about an accommodations card, directions card, reception card, etc.? AHHH!! Don’t worry, these “extra” cards are very easy to produce and design to compliment the entire wedding invitation set. If you are having a lot of out-of-town guests, or you are having a destination wedding, then an accommodations card is usually recommended. This card will be smaller than the main invitation and will note the hotel(s) names, addresses, phone and websites that you have secured a block of rooms with. The directions card is also a nice addition to the package as it easily details the best route to the ceremony or reception site. The reception card is usually only recommended if the reception site is
located at a different location and address than the ceremony. Having the ceremony site and address as well as the reception site and address all on the invitation, makes for a long read and less than desirable look for the design. When you realize the need for multiple insert cards, you might want to consider a Pocket Invitation. Pocket style wedding invitations have become extremely popular and affordable with today’s brides. The presentation when opened is clean and neat and avoids the mess of cards that would fall out of the invitation when a pocket is not used to organize the look. There are a variety of pocket styles and sizes that are stocked in a myriad of paper colors and textures. Designs can be incorporated to carry through the additional cards and tie the look together with the actual invitation. Peacock photos below show this style.


When considering invitations in planning your budget, be sure to price all of your options ahead of time. Some think that money will be saved when using over the counter pre-designed wedding paper packages, but this is not always the case. Also, be aware that when you take on the task of designing your own invitations, you may overlook design faux pas that a professional designer and printer would catch. Also, if files are not set up properly to industry standards, additional charges may be imposed after you place your order. Be selective in choosing a professional designer/printer. Choose one that has experience with invitations, ask to see samples of previous work, and ALWAYS ask to see a proof prior to the final printing being performed; this will avoid any unexpected surprises when you get your invitation
Remember, this is going to be the happiest day of your life, so enjoy yourself!

Karmanos Printing and Graphics
1754 Thomasville Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32303



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