A backyard wedding is, by nature, practical and smart. Invitations should be as well. There are two main options when it comes to saving yourself time and money on your invites:
1. Going ultra modern and using electronic invites
2. Preserving some tradition with paper invites, but choosing an efficient and inexpensive option
If you’ve already read my post on online wedding invitations and landed here because you just couldn’t bring yourself to go that modern, then hopefully my description of option 2 in this post will be more useful to you. Some people find the idea of evites garish, and that’s fine. There are lots of options for paper invites these days that are much less expensive than they used to be. It’s just not the case anymore that paper invites require $600+ and hours of your time hand-addressing envelopes.
Where can you create modern, inexpensive wedding invites?
I had heard of Minted before so I decided to look into them. I was sold after seeing near-perfect reviews on Wedding Wire. —>
Their designs are top-notch and created by independent artists, so your money in part goes to a good cause. Their prices are quite good– yes, I did encounter some less expensive options but wasn’t nearly as impressed with their designs, paper quality, or service benefits.Minted also frequently coupon codes and discounts, so look out for those.
Some benefits to Minted services:
- Quick printing and shipping
- Can address envelopes for your guests for free
- Offers a free sample card sent to your home
- Excellent customer service
- Option of creating a wedding website through minted.com so that you can streamline your RSVP’s with your website, for free
- Choice of fun envelope liners
- Option of using recycled paper for a small additional fee (usually about another $20)
- Use them to create your reception menus, save-the-dates, reception place cards, thank you cards, bridal shower invites, or engagement party invites. It’s always easier when you can use one site for everything as you are familiar with their system.
- Supports independent artists
- They offer so many beautiful, modern designs to choose from– like the one featured at the top of this post
My Favorite Designs:
What exactly does one write on the invitation?
The two infographics below are easy to understand and can help you craft the wording of your invite within a couple minutes. See my summary of key points below, and my example of how my invitation will look.
The important (and some additional) points
Front of the invitation:
- Start with who is hosting, followed by the request
- Include the date and time of wedding
- For a backyard or home wedding, it’s nice to specify that and give credit where credit is due by writing “In the home of ____” or “In our home.” Or the more whimsical wording, “In our humble home”
- Provide address
- Specify whether there will be a reception following the ceremony
- It is not considered proper etiquette to include the registry on the invitation, so better to just have it on your website
Back of the invitation:
- Explain how guests can RSVP- I highly recommend just asking guests to RSVP on your website (which you can create through minted.com) instead of wasting paper for an RSVP card and asking them to fill it out and drop it in the mail
- Explain the parking situation
- Explain accommodations for your guests
- You may want to specify what type of attire you prefer. I think this is key if you intend to have a formal or semi-formal wedding, as many people may assume that a backyard wedding will be casual
- If you have a wedding website, include the URL
If you are not sending out a save-the-date ecard in advance, invitations should be sent out 6-7 months prior to your wedding date. Otherwise, 3 months is fine.
What my wedding invite might look like:
(Apologies for the petite size– this was the largest sample I could muster from the minted website).
You can see that I went for the “Simply Dapper” design. I’m all about that minimalism, void of the frilly and flowery. In the same vein, in creating a sample invitation for my backyard wedding, I realized that I feel more comfortable the less that I specify and the more simple language I use. I felt weird telling people how to dress and using phrasing like “the honor of your presence.” But I suppose that’s why I’m having a backyard wedding and considering e-cards in the first place.
I hope this has been helpful. I’m curious to hear your feedback and thoughts on Minted or modern invitations in general, in the comments below. 🙂