You’ve been planning your big day for months, maybe even years! Every tiny detail has been perfected down to the song you’ll dance with the love of your life to and the exact colors of your satin tablecloths. Now, it’s time to order your invitations and invite the special people in your life to join you on your big day! The last thing you want to do is have such a perfect day with no one to celebrate with! That’s why we’ve come up with the top 5 mistakes people make when ordering their wedding invitations. 1. Plan Ahead! It seems that couples planning a wedding sometimes get so caught up in the planning they forget to prepare to order their invitations. Do your research, save other invitations and ask around. This will help you find the ideal place to order your individualized and beautiful wedding invitations. Give yourself time to look at different designs (pinterest can be your best friend in this department) and you won’t be held back by any production times by planning a couple weeks in advance. You’ll want to have your invitations in hand a couple weeks before you plan on sending them out.
2.Be considerate of guests. If you have guests that will be traveling to your wedding - we suggest ordering save the dates. Save the dates are the perfect way to let others know the date and place without having to set all the other details in stone. We suggest sending out your save the dates six months to one year before the wedding. Now, if most of your guests will not have to travel, you do not necessarily have to worry about save the dates. Your invitations should be sent out six to eight weeks prior to the wedding. That way you give your guests plenty of time to plan ahead. The invitations will have all the concrete details like the time, exact location, accommodations, etc. so make sure you have all of those plans made before ordering!
3. Request a R.S.V.P. Respectfully requesting that your guests R.S.V.P. to your wedding is going to make your life so much simpler. There are two different routes to getting guest responses - mail in cards or via online. If you are having a very formal wedding, we would suggest doing a mailed response card. This card has a place for each guest to put their names and either accept or decline your invitation. There also is a place to put the number attending - if you are having a very personal and small wedding, you can also include a section letting them know how many guests are reserved for their party. It is etiquette to pre-stamp these cards so that your guests just have to fill it out and put it in the mail. If you prefer this method, make sure to budget for that as well. Another modern method is having your guests respond online via email or wedding website. This is a time saver and very practical for the on the go couple! It will save you some money as well without having to pay for the printing on the RSVP cards and stamps. Be sure to put your response date about one week before you have to have the number to your caterer or venue (there are always stragglers).
4. Perfect your order! Before you send your invitations to the printer, double check everything! You’ll want to read your invitation backwards and forwards to make sure there aren’t any typos. (You’ll never live it down if your mother in laws name is spelled wrong). Another step to perfecting your order is making sure you are ordering enough invitations - it’s always better to have extra than not enough. And lastly, ask for a couple extra blank envelopes if you are planning on hand addressing your invitations, this way you can make a couple of mistakes and still be in the clear.
5. Don’t forget to breath. This is your big day and you know the details like the back of your hand. Don’t let the invitation ordering process stress you out. Your invitations are a preview and reflection of your big day and you’ll remember this for the rest of your life - so it should be a fun and exciting process! If you follow our 5 tips to ordering your wedding invitations it’ll be nothing but smooth sailing until your wedding day.