Several of my couples are surprised when they start the wedding invitation process. You may have been on the receiving end of wedding invitations up until now. It’s easy to underestimate the steps and details that go into getting perfect invitations. Having gone through this process many times, here are 7 steps I recommend all couples follow to achieve perfect wedding invitations
Start your search for wedding invitations 4-6 months before the wedding date
Your guests should receive your wedding invitations two months before the wedding. It takes anywhere from 1-4 months to order wedding invitations depending on how you are ordering them. Save the dates should be sent out 6 months before the wedding especially if you are having several out-of-town guests.
Narrow down to a theme or style
Some great examples are elegant, classic, traditional, formal, casual, destination, beach or waterfront, modern, vintage, shabby chic, bohemian, rustic, glamorous, garden, and retro. Your wedding invitations don’t have to match your wedding theme and colors. However, remember that your invitations are the first glimpse to your wedding for your guests and they should set the tone for your wedding.
Decide if you want custom, catalog, or online wedding invitations
Custom invitations are generally the most expensive. This is more the case if you are going for one of the more luxurious printing styles like letterpress or foil printing. Catalog invitations are more affordable and you are more likely to find a wider range of design samples. Many companies like Carlson Craft, Birchcraft, and Checkerboard are becoming more flexible with their customization options like changing the design of the invitation, artwork color options, lettering color options, font styles, printing methods, and in some cases even the paper weight and texture.
Ordering your wedding invitations online is another option that is becoming more popular by the day. Several Catalog companies also have online stores for their designs, while others like Wedding Paper Divas, Minted, and Basic Invite are sold online only and tend to be cheaper than custom and catalog invitations. Always order a sample before placing an online order, samples are cheap and some online stores even offer sample packs for free.
DIY invitations can also be done if you are a very crafty, hands-on bride. Designing, printing, and assembling wedding invitations are not as easy as they seem. I would think carefully before investing time and money in the DIY option. Your goal is to have perfect wedding invitations.
Pick a Wedding Invitation Vendor
Next step is to choose a wedding vendor for your custom, catalog, or online wedding invitation order. Choosing a vendor is very critical to achieving perfect wedding invitations. Do some research by reading reviews from past clients. You will find several talented custom invitation designers on websites like Etsy. Catalog invitations can be ordered by visiting a local wedding invitation studio carrying a diverse line of catalogs varying in pricing and styles. For online wedding invitations, decide on which one you like best based on several samples you receive, paper and printing types, as well as pricing.
Place your order
The next step is to place your order. Decide on how many invitations you need. If you are having 100 guests and most of them are couples or families, this means you need around 50 invitations. I recommend ordering extras for last minute guests, addressing errors, and keepsakes. Remember it may be more expensive to order extras later down the line so it is better to order more than you need the first go round. Be sure to include any enclosures you may need like reception cards (if the ceremony is at a different location than the reception), accommodation cards, direction cards, and response cards. The date on the response card is usually a month before the wedding. This varies based on your venue or caterer’s requirement for a final head count.
Request a digital proof
I cannot stress this enough. I have met too many desperate brides who came to me after trashing their first order of wedding invitations due to a minor spelling or grammar error. Digital proofs are a must for perfect wedding invitations. I am assuming that you’ve already seen a hard copy sample of the invitation. You already know what it looks and feels like. Digital proofs are for the purpose of checking for spelling, grammar, and etiquette errors on each and every printed item of your order. This includes envelope return addresses and guest addresses. Look over all printed items and even have one or two extra pairs of eyes look over before approving for final production. Most online wedding invitation vendors give you an instant preview before you place your order. Custom and Catalog digital proofs can be emailed to you.
Receive your wedding invitations and mail them to guests
Congratulations! Most of your work is done once you approve the digital proofs and place your order. Now all you need to do is sit pretty and wait for that box of gorgeousness to arrive. Once you receive your perfect wedding invitations and everything looks good, it’s time to mail them to your guests. Take one fully enclosed wedding invitation to your local post office to find out the cost to mail them. You should get a standard cost to mail anywhere within the United States. Your local post office should have wedding themed stamps. You can also order custom stamps on places like Zazzle. Now it’s time for those response cards to start trickling in.
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