PA Wedding Invitation InspirationPennsylvania is known for its autumn colors. If you've chosen to have your wedding in the fall, think about a seasonal theme incorporating the brilliant colors of the changing leaves -- crimsons, golds, oranges, and more. You might also add maple or oak leaf imagery to your invitation designs.
Pennsylvania is also well known for its summer fireflies. If you plan to marry in the summer, these "love lights" might add the perfect "shine" to your invitation designs. Classic floral accents are also a popular choice for many summer wedding invitations. The state flower of Pennsylvania is the mountain laurel, a small star-shaped flower that could easily be added as a background or a block print to an invitation, further signifying a spring or summer wedding date.
Pennsylvania's history and culture are also rich sources for invitation ideas. If you are to be married in Philadelphia, think about historical icons such as Independence Hall or the Liberty Bell for invitation accents. Throughout rural PA, you'll often see Amish or Mennonite carriages traveling through the hills and dales. Add a colorful folk art barn star or silhouette of a horse-drawn carriage to your invitations in sepia or green for a homespun, country wedding invitation style.
Plan Ahead to Avoid Invitation HeadachesAs soon as you begin your wedding planning, start to think about your invitation designs. You might want separate invitations for the rehearsal dinner, the ceremony and the reception. If you are working with one of Pennsylvania's many print shops to design your invitation materials, this will leave time to brainstorm, order, receive proofs, and fix any typos or errors well before the date you've chosen to send your invitations. Your invitation styling may be the starting point for the look of other printed materials such as programs, response cards, place cards and favor tags.
Invites should be sent at least six weeks in advance, and preferably more, along with an 'RSVP by' date plus response card. This will let you know how many people will be attending your rehearsal, wedding and reception so you can confirm final numbers with your caterer and wedding planner. You will want the final numbers for attendance to your rehearsal, ceremony and reception at least four weeks in advance, if possible.