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August 11, 2023

Choose your Wedding Invitations

Stationery that sets the tone for your day

Wedding invitations in the hands of your guests is the first event of your Wedding! You are inviting the most special people in your life to one of the most special and memorable events of your life. Every detail matters. Each element reflects your personality and style as a couple. The venue, the decor, and the attire are key elements in your overall wedding aesthetic. Wedding invitations also hold a significant place as they set the tone for your entire celebration. Choosing between custom and semi-custom wedding invitations can be both exciting and challenging. Our professional planners at Swanson Signature Events love guiding our clients through this process. Let’s explore the pros and cons of each option to help you make an informed choice that aligns perfectly with your wedding vision.

Custom Wedding Invitations

Elevating Stationery Personalization to the Highest Level

  • Pros
    • Unparalleled Personalization: Custom wedding invitations allow you to express your unique story, style, and theme fully. Every aspect, from colors and typography to illustrations and motifs, can be tailored to your individual preferences.
    • Reflecting Your Journey: Do you and your partner share a significant journey or memories? You will want to incorporate that into your invitations. Custom design provides the perfect canvas. Whether it’s a special location, shared hobbies, or a romantic motif, a custom wedding invitation can capture the essence of your relationship.
    • One-of-a-Kind: With a custom design, you’re guaranteed to have invitations that no one else has. Your wedding invitations become works of art that not only announce your wedding but also become cherished keepsakes for your guests.
  • Cons
    • Cost: Custom wedding invitations often come with a higher price tag due to the time and effort required by designers to create a completely unique design. The cost may also increase if you choose high-quality materials or printing techniques.
    • Time: The design process for custom invitations can take longer, and you’ll need to account for this extra time when planning your wedding timeline.
    • Decision Fatigue: Custom design has limitless possibilities. You might find yourself overwhelmed by choices. This will make it challenging to finalize a design that perfectly encapsulates your vision.

Semi-Custom Wedding Invitations

Finding Your Stationery Sweet Spot

  • Pros
    • Personal Touch: Semi-custom wedding invitations strike a balance between personalization and convenience. You can choose from existing designs and then customize elements like colors, fonts, and wording to match your theme and preferences.
    • Time and Budget-Friendly: Semi-custom invitations are often more affordable than fully custom designs, and they can also be produced more quickly. This is ideal if you’re planning a wedding on a tighter timeline or budget.
    • Design Guidance: While you have the freedom to customize, you’ll still benefit from the design expertise of professionals who have curated the initial designs. This can be especially helpful if you’re not entirely sure where to start.
  • Cons
    • Limited Uniqueness: Since you’re working within pre-existing templates, there’s a chance that other couples might select a similar design. However, the extent of this similarity can vary depending on the level of customization allowed.
    • Less Tailored Symbolism: While you can make changes to semi-custom designs, you might not be able to incorporate extremely specific symbols or themes that are deeply meaningful to you.
    • Creativity Boundaries: Semi-custom designs might have certain limitations, and if you’re looking for something truly outside the box, you might find the options restricting.
Romantic wedding invitations

Making the Choice

Which Stationery is right for you?

The decision between custom and semi-custom wedding invitations comes down to your priorities, budget, and timeline. If your wedding’s theme and story are deeply unique, and you are willing to invest time and money in creating something exclusive, custom invitations might be the perfect fit. On the other hand, if you are looking for a balance between personalization and convenience, semi-custom designs offer a wonderful compromise.

Remember your wedding invitations will serve as the first glimpse your guests have into your special day. Your wedding invitations should reflect the love and excitement you have for the journey you will embark upon together. Let Swanson Signature Events help you to make your choice!

All featured stationery suites were created by Hannah Adair of Adair Creative Studio.
All stationery flat lays were crafted and photographed by Izzy Hudgins of Izzy Hudgins Photography.

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