December 12, 2017
Invitations are such an important piece to any wedding. Some couples spend thousands to specially design and create memorable and carefully curated pieces. Other couples design them their selves putting special touches of their love story into their design while others order beautiful pre-designed invitations through wonderful companies such as Minted and Basic Invite. Whichever route is best for you, below are a few pieces of advice to help you with decision-making and working through this multiple step process.
- Whether you are working with a professional designer or an online company, make sure you are seeing samples. Images on your computer can often be different than in person. Feel the textures of the various paper types, print types and colors.
- Consider postage pricing when ordering. Postcards are cheaper to mail than envelopes while thicker full suite invitations will be more expensive due to weight. Oh! And always ask the post office to “hand cancel” your invites to avoid their inking process. It keeps the integrity of the invitation.
- You do not need as many invitations as there are guests. Remember, most people will come as two or even as families. Often times you need 60% of the guest count.
- When sending invitations to couples and asking guests to make a meal selection, include a line asking them to initial next to their food choice. When you end up with a check mark next to fish and one next to beef, it will make it difficult to assign each meal on their place cards.
- It is customary to send Save the Dates six to eight months prior to your wedding (8+ with destination weddings. Before sending these out, ensure your wedding website with lodging and travel information is complete as this is the most common question asked. Wedding invitations are sent two to three months ahead of time!
- Online RSVP’s are becoming much trendier. If you are on the fence, offer both options. You will often find older aunts and uncles and grandparents will not be too keen on the online choice whereas friends and colleagues will be happy to use online. Unfortunately, I don’t know if it is quite mainstream enough for 100% use quite yet however you know your guests best.
- Consider calligraphy for your envelopes. It isn’t as expensive as you think and is beautiful!
Remember, your wedding planner and stationer can help you through these pieces. There is not right or wrong when it comes to invitations. My best tip as that they should always be a reflection of you and your love story as invitations are the first impression guests will have of your special day. Personalize the wording to reflect your personality, stay on theme with design and color schemes and add put extra attention into your postage and envelope lettering and you will have a gorgeous final product.