October 1, 2010 (Moved from my website blog location)
Save-the-Date Cards or Formal Invitations are the first impression your guests will have of your event, and will set the mood and expectation for everything to come. Whether you’re having a wedding, birthday party or corporate event, it is important to keep a consistent theme. Take your time with these components and start planning early, as this will probably be one of the first decisions you make.
Choosing a theme or color scheme does not have to be an agonizing task. Think about a color or theme that best represents your personal style – this will make it easier to make decisions on the elements that will make your event.
Are you laid back, energetic, outdoorsy, traditional? Any of these personality traits can be turned into a theme or color combination. You can also take into consideration the time of day that the event will take place. For instance, if you are having an afternoon wedding, your theme would take a different twist than if you were planning an evening gala.
Your paper suite (Save-the-Dates, Invitations, Response Cards, Programs, Escort Cards, Table Numbers, Menu, Favors and Thank You Cards) all should coordinate with whatever theme or color scheme you choose.
Try choosing a logo, monogram or insignia to use on all of your communications and paper suite materials. This makes it even easier to make everything cohesive. Play with the design - try using the same element in different colors from your scheme – or even try using blown up or scaled down versions of the same design.
In the end – try not to stress over these decisions. Look online for inspiration - The Knot has some new and current color combinations that may spark some creativity!