typically announced by means of a town-crier; a man who would walk round the streets announcing the news of the day to the people of the town. So anyone who heard the news would become part of the celebration. The more noble people, who were more literate, begun the practice of written wedding invitations. They used monks who were skilled in the art of calligraphy to hand-craft their invitations. The invites often carried coat of arms, or personal crest, of the individual and were sometimes sealed with wax. Today, the use of a crest or seal is still a common choice in society for wedding invitations and a useful way of adding a touch of class. Onwards.. As metal plate engraving became more common, the art of announcing weddings via newspapers grew in popularity.
As technology has advanced so have wedding invitations. At first, invitations were still delivered by hand, due to the unreliable postal system. A ‘double envelope’ was sometimes used to protect the invitations from damage en route to its recipient. During the last century, the emergence of the graphic design trade and the arts has led to millions of designs of wedding invitations in all different forms and colours, becoming available to everyone at an affordable price.