Often asked, we thought we’d compile for you our top tips for ordering invitations – follow these, and you’ll be sure to avoid the stress connected with the wedding stationery!
It is advisable to leave at least 3 weeks for the production of your wedding invitations and to send them out at least 6 weeks in advance – and that’s Day Invitations, not Save-the-Dates which can be sent between 3 and 6 months in advance! Ordering early will give you that margin for error – it is easy to underestimate the extraordinarily long time to address, assemble and mail invitations.
Addressing wedding invitations may take a while - make sure you leave enough time!
Make a detailed list who to invite
This will come especially useful when addressing invitations – try to be as specific as possible to make it clear to the addressee who’s invited (this is especially relevant if the couple has children – don’t write ‘no chidren’, rather make it clear who is invited and by ommission who is not). Try to find out full names and titles for all guests; be certain that spellings are correct. It is most flattering when the details are addressed correctly. Make note of relationships as you assemble your list; these details can be helpful when you greet guests whom you don’t know personally, arrange table seating for the reception, and write you thank-you notes.
Order extra invitations
Mistakes happen, so order at least a dozen extra invitations. You can also keep them as a keepsake for you and your family.
Ask for envelopes to be delivered as soon as possible
Ask your supplier to deliver invitation envelopes to you as early as possible so you can get a head start addressing them – it might take a while and it’s best to divide the work into manageable chunks.
Establish a system for recording all replies and gifts. Since replies and gifts are normally sent to the return address on the envelope or with the RSVP, be sure that the person or people at that address – the bride, parents, the couple – can keep track of responses and gift deliveries.
Double-check spelling and site names
Ask for the business cards of the contacts at your ceremony and reception sites before you order your invitations. You’ll want to get the spelling and names of the sites absolutely correct. Guests directed to „St John’s Church” could easily miss the wedding ceremony at „The Evangelican Lutheral Church of St.John”.
- Harvard : Evening Invitation
Make sure you get all the spellings right!
Don’t mix typefaces
Once you have selected a typeface for your invitation, stick with it for all related printed insertions and other printed material. The typeface you choose is part of your overall theme, and even though you may love both a shaded roman and a flowery script, you should avoid mixing them.