A look at wedding invitations
Invitations come in all shapes, colors and sizes and can be made to fit any wedding theme or budget.
"There is a paper or an invitation for everything," said Shaun Devine, manager of the stationery department at Los Altos Card and Party on State Street. "An invitation sets the theme for the whole party."
One of the latest trends in invitations is for prospective bride and grooms to print their invitations at home.
"A lot of people are printing their wedding invitations at home, with laser printers," Devine said. "There are a lot of recycled and handmade papers that people could use. Especially if you are on a budget."
Making invitations at home can be an advantage, especially if the wedding is small.
"We sell individual sheets of themed paper with matching envelopes, and we also have themed 4-inch-by-6-inch card stock that is like a postcard so you don't even need an envelope," Devine said. "You can buy by the piece, so you can buy two or 200. You have a lot more leeway that way."
Formal invitations can be a well of ideas for the couple's creativity.
"We have books and samples of invitations that are a good way to get ideas," Devine said. "You can spend hours and hours going through the books. You can pick out something basic and then add to them."
Devine recmmends couples begin thinking about the invitations six to eight months before the wedding, and mailing invitations six to eight weeks before the ceremony.
"It only takes two to three weeks to get your invitations back from the printer," Devine said. "But if you have a lot of friends and family coming in from out of town, they need enough notice to make reservations."
If a prospective couple has a hard time choosing an invitation, they can schedule an appointment for a consultation at Los Altos Card and Party.
For more information, call 941-6983.