10:56 AM 05/01/2019
Wedding cards, wedding invitation cards and Home Coming (Reception) invitation cards are seen as important things in the wedding related activities. According to Tamil wedding rituals, inviting relatives, friends and neighbors for the marriage ceremony and for the dinner or lunch party that will follow after the wedding ceremony, are marked as important ones. To invite guests for the wedding, specially made wedding cards are used by the bride and by the groom's family. These wedding cards are available in different colors, shape and designs with matching envelops. They will contain the details of the Bride, Bride Groom, Each of their family details and it will contain the details as when and where the wedding ceremonies and the details of reception Hall and its location. Sri Lanka Tamil people used to get wedding cards that are made in India. Mean while some printers used to get those designs from India and used to print them in Srilanka at affordable price.
Specially made wedding invitation cards are available for sale in special shops and online websites. Mean while in Jaffna, Trincomalee and Batticaloa some printers used to make beautiful cards according to the customers suggestions. Wedding cards can be simply printed in the local printing workshops or through screen printers. Wedding cards are normally printed in Tamil and English languages on the same invitation or in Sinhala and English. The order should be made 6 - 4 weeks prior to the marriage ceremony. According to Hindu religion, four corners of the greeting card covers are pasted with Turmeric powder paste which is believed as "mangalam", or prosperous before giving them to guests..
On a selected auspicious day and time, both the bride and grooms family members, normally a married couple from each side will go to their relative's homes to invite them for the marriage. If a man or woman didn't accompany, it's trouble, the invited family will send only man or woman to the wedding ceremony, as they will say man/woman only came to invite so man/woman didn't came to the ceremony.
Wedding card makers will show you some display cards at cheap price to attract you in their nets. Once you had paid advance then their voice tone will change. First they will say the cover you had selected is thin. So they will advise you to get a thicker one. Then they will say the printing cost is extra. Putting a colored thread is too counted at extra cost. At the end you will pay around Rs 150/- per card that was originally shown to you for Rs 75/-. Also they will ask for overseas shipment service of the cards in lot through courier service. It is better to call the courier service people to your home and send the wedding invitation cards through them as it will be cheaper than the printers cost.
These cards are coming in many designs that are made in paper, clothe, plastic paper, wood and so on. There are many cover designs too available to select from along with the fonts you choose to select for printing. Printings too take place in the press in many formats like single, double, triple, four colors or by silk screen printing method. Most people used to select Indian invitation designs. When giving order for Invitation cards don't forget to give order for the gift bags, cake box or cake packs along with it. That too should match the invitation cards and the gift bags.
Bride and Groom's families should decide how many cards that they will need for to invite their friends and relatives. With the total amount plus 10% more cards is good idea when giving printing order. When you are going through each of the card through, you will find small damages in some of them. In Jaffna a new trend is taking place as another card is served to the relatives and friends for to attend the home coming event.
To send your invitations for the overseas guests, send them 4 - 6 weeks prior to the wedding and inform them about the sent out invitation details to them. Advance noticing will make your relatives to make arrangements to visit your function in time. You must know booking an air ticket in the last days is expensive one. Also if you send the invitation in an open envelope, the stamp cost will be less.
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