Your Wedding Invitation – Tips for Choosing the Right Shape

Your wedding invitation sets the tone for your wedding, so choosing “the one” is a task that you should put a bit of thought in to. There are so many options for wedding invitations that it can be overwhelming to choose one out of the hundreds offered. One thing that will help is to narrow down your choice, so that you only have to look at a sub-set of the many you’ll see. One way to do this is to decide on the shape that you are looking for. Once you know, for example, that you want a square wedding invitation, you can easily skip other shapes as you look through the collections.

When deciding on a size and shape, take in to consideration how many lines of type will be on your invitation, how long your names are, etc. A wedding invitation looks so much better when the wording isn’t crowded. If you have a lot of wording that you must have and you choose a small invitation, the wording will have to be small in order to make it fit.

Popular Wedding Invitation Shapes:

  • Rectangle (Vertical and Horizontal)
  • Square – Plain and with a Wrap
  • Tri-Fold
  • Tall and Slim (Vertical and Horizontal)

One of the most popular and classic invitation shapes is the vertical, rectangular shape. A popular size for this shape is 5-1/2″ x 7-3/4″. The size allows for plenty of room for your wording. Notice that there is enough space for the bride’s and groom’s name to be larger than the rest of the type and to have it set apart from the other wording.

The rectangle invitation shape can also be used in a horizontal format. This can be a good choice if your wording does not have a lot of lines, but perhaps each line itself is long.

A square wedding invitation shape has a commanding presence! A popular size for this style is 7″ x 7″.  With the square shape, you have ample room for your wording to make a big impression. It is a good shape for showing off two font styles, as shown below. Please note, that no matter what the size is, a square-shaped envelope requires extra postage.

A modern invitation style is the wrap and the one shown below is an all-inclusive invitation …. no need to purchase accessory cards and no inner envelope needed. The invitation wording appears on a square card, which is then enveloped in a wrap. You still have all the advantages of the square card but it is just “dressed up”!

The tri-fold wedding invitation is a traditional style that has room for a lot of wording. This shape is perfect for a verse or special poem in the middle panel and then you have ample room for the actual invitation wording on the third panel.

The invitation below is a modern shape that is “tall and slim”.  The three invitations shown below are approximately 4″ x 9″.

The tall, slim shape also works well in a horizontal format.  Since there isn’t space for many lines, in the example below, the bride’s and groom’s names are on one line together rather than on the traditional two lines.

The tall shape can be dressed up with an attached “cover” to take on an entirely different look.

TIP: Be sure and take a sample of your invitation with all enclosure cards and envelope to the post office to get the correct postage amount.

Click on each photo to see more details on the Exclusively Weddings’ site.

Exclusively Weddings offers free wedding invitation samples to make it easier for you to find “the one”!

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About Sher Silver

Sher Silver has been active in the bridal industry for more than 25 years. She was on the Pace Communications’ team that launched Elegant Bride magazine and she served as its VP/General Manager. In 1991, she was asked to start up the Exclusively Weddings’ division for Pace and develop its catalog and product line of wedding accessories, favors and wedding party gifts. Once the original assortment of products was successful, she soon laid the groundwork for adding wedding invitations to Exclusively Weddings’ assortment. This included printing them in-house, so that exacting standards could be adhered to. She brought together an array of wedding invitation designs and price points that incorporated a mix of styles from classic to contemporary. Elegant and tasteful, these invitations set a fresh, new precedent in the industry and Exclusively Weddings continues to be known for offering invitations with both style and value. In addition, Sher has a passion for developing products that make it easier for brides to plan their weddings. She conceived, developed, and was editorial director of The Handbook of Wedding Invitations and the popular wedding planning system, The Organized Bride®. She has also created a wide variety of innovative, best-selling wedding products such as personalized wedding day totes for bridesmaids, Daddy’s Girl® frame, “To Dry Your Tears®” hanky for mother of the bride, personalized pouches for wedding rings, wedding welcome bags for out of town guests and more! Sher loves helping brides with questions they may have about their big day and providing valuable information and ideas to make wedding planning easier.

2 thoughts on “Your Wedding Invitation – Tips for Choosing the Right Shape

  1. Thanks for pointing out that a square shape will be able to help you make an impression on your potential guests. My fiance and I have just got engaged, and we are wondering what we should do for our invitations. We will definitely go with a square shape for our invitations since we want our friends to be impressed and remember the event.


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