Gone are the days when only close family and friends were only invited to be a part of an Indian wedding. Today, every kith and kin, friends of friends, and even business colleagues are invited. In the olden days, the patri or the nyota were sent as scrolls to invite guests. They were made on the banana leaves or a cloth.
Today, the invites have gone beyond a mere scroll; they give a glimpse of the wedding and other celebrations. They do the expectation-setting of the guests as to what kind of an arrangement and opulence they’ll get at the wedding. A plethora of options are available these days, from a simple scroll with a couplet to magnificent multi-paged cards.
Old will always be golden. The ancient brocaded, textile printed, vintage art and old classical design has made a comeback. You can also match your wedding dress with the invite. This type of style is inspired by the British Raj, regal style, palatial architecture and the jewelry of the Nizams. It has an antiquated finish on the colors inspired by the royal elegance of gold and ivory.
Couplets and Scriptures
In the Indian tradition, couplets from scriptures are written on the card to keep away the evil spirits. It is believed that Lord Ganesha should be remembered before a new beginning so that he bestows his blessings on the new couple and their venture into marriage turns out to be a success.
Anything that can be touched is used to decorate the invite. An embossed flower with a leaf, intricate jail, or embroidery are all examples of ways to texturize your wedding invitations. At times, these are also accompanied by dry fruits decorated with almonds.
Bejeweled cards with Swarovski crystals, pearls, laces, or rhinestones make beautiful invites if you can afford a little expense. Gold and silver threads are also popular embellishments.
These are hardbound boxes adorned with jewels. They are wooden or cardboard boxes, and the actual invite is placed inside. These boxes have the name of the recipient and there is a design or a pattern on the box. The box is more decorated as compared to the scroll inside.
Concept Wedding Cards
These cards have a concept, like that of a mela or a fair. They include three-dimensional pop-ups of swings and rides. This type of invitation is very expensive and requires skilled labor to make.
You can customize the cards with the couture fabric and cloth which can be put on wood or cardboard. Typically, these fabrics match the attire of the wedding party, giving the guests a preview of the beauty of the day.
Using the combined initials of your and your partner is a cute way to announce your future union. The design can be clean and simple or very ornate, depending on the style of your wedding.
The wedding cards depict the Indian tradition. Vibrant colours are used with crystals, laces, and flowers. In India, two cards are sent to the guests. Since ancient times, both the bride and the groom send the invites to the guests with no RSVP. They’re allowed to also bring their friends and relatives. In this way, sending an invitation acts as an invitation to your guests, but also to people they feel like inviting as well.
These days the envelopes have the same design and motif as the scroll or the card inside. This adds charm and elegance to the card and the overall wedding experience for the guests.
Wedding cards are traditional contemporary these days. They give an insight to the guests of what they should expect at the wedding. The invite is accompanied with sweets or mithayi, dry fruits, matthi, and other small sweets. No matter if it is a Punjabi, Bengali or Telugu matrimony, and Indian wedding invitation is not given without sweets.