Maine's Many ColorsYou can start by choosing colors that your guests will identify with beautiful Maine. Ocean blues, greens and a touch of silver bring to mind the Atlantic's waves along Maine's eastern coastline. Deeper greens, especially pine or spruce green, stand for the forest that covers 90% of the state. Also try springtime pastels or cheery violet and yellow are floral and fresh.
Natural BeautyIf you chose Maine for its rustic and natural charm, try natural-look paper for your invitations. A slightly nubby or textured, heavy stock is a great choice. Try a background color of beige, light green or creamy yellow.
Gingham or delicate polka-dots are another look that brings to mind country coziness. If you choose a multicolored background, however, keep in mind that the colors should be light or watercolor-style so they won't overwhelm the print and distract the eye.
Nautical IconsYou can add a bit of interest to your invitations by having a small image printed in one corner. Maine icons that lend themselves beautifully to wedding invitations include light houses, seagulls and other water birds, ocean waves and berries (particularly elderberries and blueberries). For an elegant look, have the image embossed (raised) on the paper but in the same color as the background.
Going ShoppingMost wedding invitation printers will be able to accommodate your requests if you follow the above suggestions. However, if you're looking for a truly personal touch, try a do-it-yourself wedding invitation kit. Wedding invitation kits usually include stock backgrounds and addable images, as well as a variety of color selections. You can choose your own font and the placement of pictures, borders and information, too.
If you're intimidated, make sure you select a company that offers help if you need it. Most wedding invitation kit companies are happy to lend a hand through the more crucial aspects of creating your wedding invitation. It's easier than you think -- and the results can be spectacular.
Envelopes and RSVP CardsWhen choosing your wedding invitations, be sure to remember to order invitation envelopes and RSVP cards with their own envelopes. The general rule here is the simpler, the better. An elegant font on a background paper that matches your invitations gives the finished package a look of timeless elegance.
Send your invitations out in plenty of time for your attendees to respond and to set up accommodations at your Maine wedding location. If there will be traveling involved, including a map of the area in which your wedding and reception will take place is a considerate idea.
Last of all, don't forget to keep an invitation or two that you can frame later. You'll want this particular keepsake to last a lifetime!