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Wedding cards or invites are the first sign to your relatives, acquaintances, and friends that you are tying the knot.  It is also the first glimpse of what your wedding might be like. Nowadays you have a number of wedding invitation types to choose from. You can opt for yours to be fully contemporary with your quirky ideas, or can go the traditional route making it classic. Whichever your choice is, there are some details that you just don’t miss out on, and these are the details that make yours a typical Indian Wedding card. Indian wedding cards are all about emotions and traditions or all about emotions and the fun that awaits, either way making it absolutely unique.

Your Indian wedding cards should be the reflection of your unique love story. Your Indian wedding cards should be so tasteful in nature that your wedding guests get a taste of your romance and get the essence of how your wedding ceremony would be. Besides, you will always hold on to your card as a symbol of your new journey, so you might as well make it exquisite and as personalised as possible. So, read about these twelve elements that will make your Indian wedding cards extraordinary and add the correct dose of awesome to it.

1. Motifs on the Wedding Invite

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Motifs are an indispensable part of Indian wedding cards. The most common motif is that of Lord Ganpati. Apart from the Indian cards, lord Ganpati motifs make its way into pretty much everything that is important for the wedding. These motifs not only make an auspicious start to the celebration but also give the card a very traditional feel. You can take inspiration form this stunning invite designed by the Customizing Creativity.

The motifs that are used to accentuate the beauty of Indian wedding cards lies in the overriding theme of your wedding. Is it floral, is it pastel, is it Indie or religious - whatever may be the theme, your motifs should sit well with the chosen theme. A little mismatch or off-balance could throw the entire look of your Indian wedding cards away. 

2. Vague Time References

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Nothing in a typical Indian wedding can happen on time. The perfect way to not affront the guests is by giving a vague reference time on the invitation card. So if you have been thinking that ‘Taaron ki chhaon mein’ is a creative way of putting downtime for pheras, we hope you now know better. You can make it funny if not poetic and say 'Dinner: Whenever hunger strikes." Make sure this is not chaotic depending upon the number of guests involved, so the vague timing does not interfere with their plans. You can take inspo from this stunning invite designed by the ARSA Invites

3. Invitation Boxes

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Indians cannot just distribute a wedding card, they have to do something extra because OTT is the key to making it special in India. They send something edible to accompany it. If not done for everyone, it is still done for close relatives and friends. These boxes are a major source of joy and excitement among relatives. As much as you call this a formality, the dry fruits or sweet jars sent with the invitation card is as Indian as it can get, and we know everyone loves it. It need not necessarily be edible gifts packed, but also makeup and bath and body care products often help in filling the box that is the new wave of Indian wedding cards in town.

You can take inspo form this stunning box invite designed by the Alokik Exclusive.

4. Location Maps 

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Though not a very traditional aspect, location maps are definitely a practical addition to Indian cards. With so many confusing roads and small streets, and no culture of using GPS by the general public as of yet, these location maps on cards are every person’s saviour. What is more fun, is that you can actually hand pint little houses and cards to make your own map to your venue location! Make sure they don't get lost!

They are just a small hint to where the venue is and work as an amazing reference point to where the wedding is.

5. The Bride and Groom’s Picture 

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Many times the typical Indian wedding card holds a picture of the bride and the groom on it. It started as a way to introduce the bride or groom to the family during times when WhatsApp was a lesser known blessing or when they were not much into Facebook meandering and stalking.

With everything being a little extra in an Indian Wedding, nowadays even the cards have a more fun twist to it with caricatures of the bride and groom being drawn or sometimes even a pre-wedding shoot picture being used. If the invitation is a box and more than a card you can even put bobbleheads of your own models in it as the bride and groom and make it fun.  Take inspo from this stunning invite shot by Weddings by Knotty Days

6. Children Names on the Invite

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Including your mother or father’s name is understood in a wedding card. Even your brother or sister is fine, but an Indian wedding card will have names of all the children in your extended family as well. Some are still so young that their names aren’t even recognized in the family. Clearly, it is not for RSVP too, but probably just so they do not feel left out.

7. Latkan and Tassels

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These latkans or tassels on the cards, make it more traditional. It is something you will see in an Indian wedding card even if it is slightly on the traditional side. These add beauty and charm to the invites. Take inspo from this Customizing Creativity wedding card.

8. Qualification of the Bride and the Groom 

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Though you might find it a little odd, a lot of places in southern India emphasize the education of the bride and groom. In these places, marriages are more about two people with compatible educational qualifications tying the knot.  The wedding cards of these south Indian weddings include the qualifications of the bride and groom almost as a compulsion.

9. Block Print 

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Block prints are one of the most common designs to have on an Indian wedding card. To an extent that if you see anything with block print from far, you are bound to guess it to be an Indian wedding invitation. Although very common, they still have different designs, shapes, and sizes, making each one unique to use.

10. Family Heritage 

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Indians give a lot of importance to families, so almost all Indian wedding cards, have the names of both the bride and the groom’s parents. Some of them also include the names of the grandparents, and if you want to take it a notch higher, some even include the ancestral village of both, the bride and the groom.

11. Traditional Choice of Colours 

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Indian wedding cards are usually printed in typical Indian shades of red, orange and pink. These are known to be the traditional auspicious colours that give the right feel of the wedding. Indian card matter is also a lot of times printed in two languages. One is the native language of the family, and the other is usually English. The native language card is meant for the relatives or elders, and the other is for your friends and peers.

12. Story Telling Element

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Wedding cards, especially the multi-leafed ones, tell the guest what all is going to happen at the wedding. Each leaflet, corresponding to the ceremony gives information and also has a little caricature or drawing of the ceremony being performed.

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These details, however, are the essence of a typical Indian wedding card. They have been adapted over the years, because of various reasons that most of us are unaware of. However illogical, irrelevant or unnecessary, these details are what makes the Indian wedding cards uniquely ours. So, if you still haven't figured out what kind of Indian wedding cards you want for your wedding, then now is the time you do so.

Read these twelve elements and memories each one of them if you want a picture perfect set of Indian wedding cards.

Leave us a comment to let us know what is it about the Indian Wedding Cards that find very unique and interesting.