There are thousands of different designs and styles of wedding inviations, not to mention all the color, paper and envelope choices out there. Here are 10 helpful tips that will make your life so much easier when you decide to engage in the daunting task of ordering your wedding stationery - you might actually have fun!
1) Start Early:
Your wedding invitations contain all the important information of your big day, this is not a process you should rush. By starting early you can scout out the ideal stationers and devise a plan to make sure your invitations are ordered four to five months prior to the wedding, this will ensure time to address and stamp them. Your guests should receive them six to eight weeks prior to the wedding. Keep in mind if you are having your wedding during a holiday or marrying over seas, guests should receive notice at minimum 10- 12 weeks before the wedding.
2) Define Your Style:
Your wedding invitation is the first hint at what the rest of the wedding will have to offer. If you're throwing a laid back country wedding or an elegant and glamorous wedding, that should be reflected in the style of your wedding invitations. You should have an idea of the type of style your wedding will be before you start shopping. It will give you a clearer vision of what you are looking for.
3) Incorporate Your Style:
You should incorporate things like your wedding colors and certain motifs, if any, into your wedding invitations. And if you carry over colors and designs into other stationery like your place cards, menus, favor tags etc, it will give the whole wedding a feeling of cohesion. Keep in mind that certain colors or shades might not work as well for text and have your stationer or designer give you feedback on how legible your important information reads.
4) Don't Overload the Invitation:
You only need certain key points on your wedding invitation, to add additional info will just complicate and crowd the invitation. You should include the couple's names, date, time, location, the hosts (optional), dress code (optional) and RSVP information. If you need to include additional information like a map and directions it should be on a separate card that you can place in the same envelope.
5) Shop Around:
Once you know what you want, you can have a look online to gather inspiration. You may know the style you want but now you have to determine the layout and additional pieces involved like the reply card. A great alternative to the traditional invitation and reply is a seal and send invitation. The envelope, invitation, reply card and it's envelope are all one piece that is folded into one clever package, it saves paper and looks really neat. You will also get a better idea of what you should be paying for the type of wedding invitation you are looking at by shopping around.
6) Number of Guests Does Not Equal Number of Invitations:
Your final guest count will not be the number of invitations you need to order. Count the number of households instead. That will give you the number of invitations you will need to order. We had 150 people invited to our wedding and ended up only needing 90 invitations - almost half.
7) Order Extra:
There are many reasons you should order a few extra invitations. The rule of thumb is to order 20-25% more then you think you will need. This will give you extras for the ones that get lost in the mail, you address wrong, if you have a B-list you're sending to, and of course a few for keepsakes. Also if you order more after the fact you'll be paying for the shipping twice.
8) Ask for a Proof and Triple Check It:
If you are ordering your stationery from a reputable company, they should with out a doubt give you a proof (either digital or hard copy) before they go ahead and finish the job. Triple check this proof, have two people besides yourself look over it as well. This insures no mistakes have been made and you're not left paying for reprints.
9) Find out what's included:
Make sure you know what you're getting when you order your stationery. Not only should you get a proof and triple check it before giving it the ok, but you need to ask what is included in the price. Do they offer envelopes, can they print the return and destination address's, if it is a folded piece - who does the scoring and folding? Don't assume they will come ready to be sent out, especially if you're cutting it close to the wire for time.
10) Don't Forget the stamp:
It seems like such a "Duh" thing to say, but with everything going on and the process of getting your invites in hand you might overlook the stamp. You should also include the cost of stamps to your wedding invitation budget. You will need two stamps, one for your send out of the invitations and another on the envelope of the reply cards. It's part of the wedding etiquette to supply the stamp, it also takes away any excuse for them to not reply on time. Remember to also include your return address on both the invitation envelope and the reply envelope.
Hope you find these 10 tips helpful, and if you're shopping for your wedding stationery make sure to check out our View by Collection. It's a great new feature we've added to our website to allow you to see each wedding invitation as well as all of it's matching pieces. You can also view numerous collections at once.
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