Ordering Your Wedding Invitations
You've set the date and for the most part have decided the type of wedding you would like to have. Whether it's an intimate courthouse wedding or a lavish ceremony and seated dinner for 500, your wedding stationery is an important component of your guest's experience. It will set the tone for your wedding and is crucial for conveying the important details of the event.
TIPS FOR ORDERING YOUR WEDDING INVITATIONS & STATIONERY
1) Work your timeline. Once you've set your wedding date, you can schedule your entire paper needs timeline. From Save the Dates, Wedding Invitations, Day of Paper and Thank You Stationery. We can walk you through the entire timeline, answer any questions and make recommendations about design, etiquette and when things should be printed and mailed to your guests. Need more ideas about what type of stationery designs to choose? See our previous blog post about choosing the perfect invitation suite.
2) Count households, not heads. During your wedding planning you will refer to your guest count a lot. When ordering your Save the Dates and Wedding Invitations it's important to recognize most of your guests will live in a 2 or more person household so consider that number when you're planning how many you will actually mail. Count per household and order 10% over.
3) Know your budget. This will remain important during your entire planning process. Each designer you work with; florist, stationer, photographer, etc. will all have different things to offer based on your price point. For example, I would love to etch your invitation into glass but it's more likely that paper will serve you best. Champagne Press offers invitation suites starting as low as $3 per (includes paper invitation, envelope, RSVP card and reply envelope) and the sky's the limit based on how involved your design/print method/handmade creation becomes. Know if you love foil printing or are dreaming of a custom watercolor suite those things will add to the costs but not always as much as you would think. Decide what's important to you and let the professionals guide you to an option in your budget.
4) Be yourself. Use the invitation to express who you are as a couple and the style of your event. Stay true to this vision thoughout your planning process. Your wedding invitations not only convey the key places and times your guest's presence is requested but it should reflect the feel of your event whether that's a black tie formal wedding or a backyard brunch. Let your gown, floral designs, venue's architecture, wedding colors, hobbies, city, and more influence and drive your stationery design choice. Think of your stationery as the "branding" for your event.