What Wikipedia Can’t Tell You About Indian Wedding Invitation.

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By now you might have an idea about the kind of Invites you want for your wedding. In India especially in South Indian Wedding Invitation has a prominent and dominant role.

Now we have this new trend of “SAVE THE DATE” photocard.

In few traditions, the invitation is written based on the Lagna Patrika (a formal letter signed by both parents and elder of the family)on the day of the engagement.

The budget of the wedding Invite.

The invitation is the first impression for your guests about the wedding. The place date, time, Venue, Bride n groom family, theme everything is told by the invitation.Once you have determined the number of guests, it is now time to set the budget for your wedding invitations.Sharing the fun of choosing Invites and printing the same and distributing it together could be memorable and will cut the cost.

don't Choose sides

This was a practice in arranged marriages where both the family head distributed Invites together so that the other is acquainted with the family and friends.

Types of Wedding Invitation in a South Indian Wedding

We do have the Manjal Patrikai, the first invitation to be printed and given to the family God as the first guest for the wedding.

Then the Formal Invite that is distributed among family.And who is the chosen one to get the first formal invite is also a family drama in South Indian Wedding.

The quirky/sarcastic/elegant/tiny Informal Invite for the Friends.

How to choose Color/theme of wedding invitation?

The color of the Wedding invite tells a lot about the wedding.Just keep readability in mind when choosing your colors.         A Red, Maroon color invitation suggests a traditional wedding.

Whereas a Mango Yellow, Pink invitation suggests a fusion wedding.

And a Gold or Cream color invites suggests a subtle wedding.

Depending the family customs, personal beliefs, and creativity the theme of the wedding invite can be chosen









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Out of the Box


2. Games

Tell your guests that you’re going to get married in a form of an edible board game! The game board elements, spinner, tokens and playing cards are all cookies and you can actually play the game. It’s a “sweet” way to invite your friends to your wedding party.

3.Forefathers in the Invitation

Including the pictures of your Grandparents who are no more is a tradition in few Indian families. It fulfills their absence in the wedding.

4. Eco-Friendly

Plantable wedding invitations are printed on seed paper that grows wildflowers (or herbs if you choose) when the invitation is planted in soil. They all come in a variety of colors.

5. Explaining the tradition/ Rituals

How to Choose Words?

For Formal invitations,

Firstly, the host line on the wedding invitation isn’t for sale; it’s an honor that you should give and makes you feel comfortable. Names are not listed in order of who paid more.There’s always a request line after the host’s name—something like so and so “request the honor of your presence.” Make sure to double check you’ve added everyone who should be included and their initials and spellings in the name.Traditionally, with the bride’s parent’s hosting, the next line is something like “At the marriage of their daughter,” The names this line seems self-explanatory until you start thinking about the details. Whose name goes first? (That honor traditionally belongs to the bride,) And also in an Indian Wedding /Temple, the bride/ Goddess is always seated on the right side of the groom. The information is the one line where I strongly advise you to stick to the basics since you want people to actually come to this thing. Time, date, and location should all be listed

For Informal Invitation

An informal invitation can be Funny, Sarcastic or Simple.

Size, Print, and Font:

One can decide on the size and print of the card depending on the number of functions to be held before and after the wedding. The information you put on the invitation is the whole point of sending it out in the first place.


The quality of the paper used in making the card makes all the difference in the final appearance of the card. A high-quality material will make the card look more impressive. There’s a huge variety in the quality of papers available in the market these days, including some handmade paper, InvitaionsPerfumed cards.

Decorating the Invitation

Indian wedding invitations also utilize a lot of embellishments such as golden threads, fake precious stones, mirrors as well as other suitable materials to provide beauty and flare to the design of the card. There are even wedding invitations that are so intricately crafted that mailing them could pose a problem.

Proof Reading

Before your invitation order is printed, your printer will send you a proof. Don’t just have your groom and dad read it over. Give it to a friend or Relative who has an eye for detail.Read the Proof word for word from right to left so you don’t accidentally gloss over any mistakes.

Print extra Invitations.

It’s expensive to go back and print more invitations after the fact. Order enough invitations for your guest list, plus 25 extra in case you need to resend an invitation, want to put some aside for registering the marriage and keepsakes.

Stamp it!

While you probably can’t wait to drop those wedding invitations in the mail and check another thing off your to-do list, weighing a sample invitation at the post office first could save you many more to-dos later. Trust me, you don’t want to deal with the hassle of invitations being returned because of insufficient postage.

Courier Friendly:

Ensure that the card is courier friendly so that you can send it to relatives and friends conveniently when you can’t deliver it personally.

Start Early:

It can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks—or longer, depending on how fancy you go—to print them.Aim to order your invitations about four to five months out so they’re ready to mail four to six weeks before the wedding.



  1. Jeevitha February 26, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    Amazing, this is informative. When I get married I will take ideas from here.

    • Madrasi Bride April 23, 2017 at 1:11 am

      Thank You Jeevitha. You know where to find me!

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