3 Wedding Invitation Tips

Congratulations!!! Yay, you are engaged… how exciting!!! But now, it’s time to plan a wedding and guest to invite.

Hmm… Invitations, yes, invitations are the first thing that your guest will see and touch about your wedding. What impression do you want to give?

We all know invitations are just a piece of paper with all your wedding details, but the real question is HOW do you want to let your guest know about your once in a lifetime day? Let me help you wow your guest with a one of a kind invitation. But first, a few tips to help you in the process.

  • Define your style and colors

Along with all the information needed on your invitation, you can give your guests a little hint of what style to expect.  The formality of your wedding. You should have an idea of the type of event you're throwing. Is it a classic and elegant, more casual and relaxed, something rustic or country? This are good points to keep in mind before you start shopping for all your wedding stationery, so you can choose an invitation style that matches your wedding.
Color, I recommend to incorporate your hues and a motif into your wedding invitations and then carry them throughout the rest of your wedding for a cohesive look. Just remember to keep in mind the readability of the information when choosing the color and fonts.

  • Give yourself time to order

Don’t wait until the last minute to order your invitations, give yourself (and the designer -me-) as much time as possible. As soon as you have chosen your style and have the basic information, like date of your wedding and place… That it’s the perfect time for a first meeting. I love to have as much time as possible to help my brides. Sometimes there are some tweaks that you want to make on the design of the invitation, or you just don’t know where to start. I’m here for my brides all the way. As designers, we always love to plan ahead of time and as I tell my brides, I would love to put you on my “official list” before I get completely booked.
With this info, I recommend you to keep in mind this dates:
- Your save-the-dates should go out six to eight months before the wedding. It can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks -or longer, depending how fancy you go.
So start looking for designers 9 to 11 months before the wedding.
- Aim to order your invitations about four to five months out so they're ready to mail six to eight weeks before the wedding. If you're having a destination wedding or marrying over the holidays, send out your invites even earlier (10 to 12 weeks before the wedding).

Include your RSVP information on a separate enclosure card, and make the deadline no more than three or four weeks after guests receive the invitations, if you give them too much time, they will relax and forget all about the RSVP. Check with your caterer and venue first to find out when they'll need the final head count. Also, remember that you need to put together a seating plan, so you need time to do that as well (I have heard that it is the hardest part of the entire wedding) and lastly, remember that your final count may affect the number of centerpieces and other décor elements, which your vendors will need to finalize a few weeks before the wedding.

  1. How many invitations should I order?

This is very important to keep in mind. Not because you see 250 guests on your list you need to order 250 invitations. You don't need an invitation for every guest. Take a look at your guest list and figure out how many households need invitations before you give your designer a final number—usually you will be able to cut your order in half. Couples get one invitation; for couples living apart, you can either send one invite to the guest you're closer with (and include both names on the inner and outer envelopes), or you can send out separate invitations. Families get one invitation (addressed to "The Smith Family," for example). The exceptions: Children who don't live at home (like college students) or anyone over 18 who lives at home should get their own invitation. ALWAYS, always order a few extra invitations. Order enough invitations for your guest list , plus 5 - 10 extra in case you need to resend an invitation, want to put some aside as keepsakes (trust me, your moms will want at least a few) or plan on sending invitations to a "B-list." Tip: If you have a long B-list, consider ordering a second set of invitations with a later RSVP date

I’m sure this three small tips will help you enjoy the process of Invitation shopping, let the FUN begin!!!

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