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Invite your guests with style

Wedding invitation design choices range from formal to artistic and everything in between. Invitations will give your guests the initial impression of what you have in store for them and while some brides prefer to keep it simple, many brides are grabbing hold of some creative reins and sending out invitations with extra pizazz.

5 ideas for do-it-yourself wedding invitations

Out of shape

Long gone are the days of the standard rectangular invite. Invitations can be round, square, folded, tri-fold, oblong, oversized -- any shape you can imagine. Gaining in popularity these days are the tea length cards, which are rectangular in shape and the regal squares (8"x8"). Bottom line, don't be afraid to experiment with geometric shapes, mixing and matching the contours of circles and squares.

Go paper-less

If the thought of a paper invitation -- no matter the shape -- still doesn't tickle your fancy, go for an invite created out of another material. You can have your invitation etched into an acrylic block (similar to the look of a paperweight), embroidered onto a piece of fabric that can be mailed as a scroll and even carved into a piece of wood. Select a material that matches the theme of your wedding and go for it!

Make a fashion statement

Belts, bows, bands, buttons and buckles aren't just for clothing anymore. Add any of these embellishments, plus some, to invitations and change the look completely. Simple styles are transformed when paired with these accessories. The key is think outside of the box and keep your wedding theme in mind. Don't feel limited to paper and ink.

Bursts of color

Color options are no longer limited to white or ecru. Color palettes for stationery are mimicking those on the fashion runways.

Vibrant reds, rich cocoa blends and sparkling metallics are exciting tones on the wedding invite color wheel. However, the possibilities are endless.

Seal the deal

A pochette is a square envelope that covers the invitation by folding over from all four sides making for a dramatic presentation to guests. As an alternative, you could have the details of your event imprinted directly on the pochette for simplicity with a luxe look.

For a formal affair, put invitations into jackets or purses. You can find them in silk dupioni, peau de soie, satin or organza. Not to be outdone by the invites, guests just might flock to their favorite boutique in preparation for your fete.

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