Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Wedding Graphics - Finding the Right Artwork For the Ceremony and Reception

With all the expenses that come along with planning and purchasing materials for a wedding, you'll want to find as many discounted and free services as possible. But, this doesn't mean that you want to skimp on the quality of the services you're paying for. One of the things that you can find free of charge is wedding graphics. If you want artwork or designs to be included on your wedding invitations, programs, and decorations, ordering free wedding graphics is a great way to customize your wedding materials without having to dip into the budget.

When you're looking for wedding art, have an idea of what it is you want before you begin searching. There are many sites online that provide graphic images for any occasion. Chances are you'll find just what you want, even if your requests are a little untraditional. So, don't feel as though you have to use the first free wedding graphics you see simply because you're not paying for the service. Review at least five or six sites before making a decision-you're bound to find something you like. You can create accounts on sites like istockphoto.com if you want to have access to pictures that you can use for your wedding favors or online invitations.

After you have a few sites from which to choose, you can start being more specific and selective with your choices. If you're looking for smaller graphic art to accent wedding decorations that you already have, be sure to select images that will still look good even if they're really small. (For example, deep gold wedding ring images or wedding cakes that have a strong outline.) You may also be able to find borders and shading ideas for the font you're using for reading materials like programs and place cards, so check to see if you can download these features while you're searching for images. This will give you the freedom to arrange your wedding invitations just the way you want them. After you've found just the right combination of wedding-themed graphics, you may want to use some of the images for a slideshow at the reception.

It may be best for you to download a set of graphics rather than a few selected images. Sometimes, a page of related graphics that are similar in design will appear together; this will give you more to work with, and you'll have a couple of backup plans on one page in case you change your mind. It also make the project easier if you find that a new design works better with your wedding materials. Once you're ready to download all the images you want, be sure that you don't have to pay for a program that will make the images show up on your computer. If you're ordering from a company you may have to pay to have some sample graphics sent to you, but this is usually inexpensive. Once you have all the pictures you want, you can start putting your collage together. Make sure you can include background music that features your favorite tastes as a couple. You may even want to include wedding-themed songs as you display graphics of wedding bells or rings in between actual photos of you and your future spouse. Songs like "I Do" (E. Walter Smith) and "We Married" (for the more upbeat part of your slideshow) are sure to bring an element of classiness and originality to your online invitations/announcements, or your electronic photo album.

Finally, don't just at graphics that are marked "wedding." You can find a number of beautiful designs that will work well with your wedding decorations in sections with other themes, like nature pictures, or even more contemporary art graphics. Find pictures that will reflect the warm memories and personal feelings of your day--just like the ceremony, these images will stay with you forever, so choose them in a way that only you and your future spouse can. Enjoy!