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Many couples choose to have a theme for their wedding. This can range from vintage to black and white to just about anything else you can imagine. Once you've come up with your theme, you want all the little components on your wedding checklist to fit in, including the invitations. If you're at a loss for how to accomplish this, here are some tips:

1. Color
One way to help your overall theme remain cohesive is to assign a few colors to your wedding. These colors (three or four maximum!) show up in the bridesmaids' dresses, flowers, cake and table decor - so just about everywhere. Be sure to include these hues in your wedding invitations to give your guests a sneak peak of the big day. 

2. Font
The lettering on your invitations should complement the theme of your wedding. A modern service and reception will match well with a sans serif font. If you are going for an opulent, royal theme wedding, choose a cursive script. Many vintage wedding invitations use multiple fonts that were common in the era from which you are drawing inspiration. With some care, the lettering you choose can tie in the whole theme of your big day. 

At the end of the day, the most important part of your invitation is that it is legible. Choose a font grandma can read, or she won't know where to go and when to be there. The purpose of an invitation is to convey information - the most beautiful way possible, of course.

3. Images
Choosing appropriate images, textures or borders for your wedding invitations can be tricky. If you don't have an image you're centering your theme around, you may not know what to use. Think about patterns or motifs that exemplify your idea. A whimsical contemporary wedding invitation can feature a chevron pattern, while vintage themes pair nicely with lace designs. What do you want your guests to feel when they see the invitation? Let that answer be your guide. You can also use a photo of the two of you. A close up of the engagement ring or an image of your intertwined hands are both appropriate choices. 


4. Paper design
There's a lot to choose from in the construction of wedding invitations. Tri-fold and post-card style are two options. Traditional invitations are folded, so if your wedding is formal and classic, choose one of these designs. Many cards also come with unique stationary. For example, you can choose paper with a shimmer, texture or matte design. Ultimately, the invitations you choose should reflect your wedding and your tastes.