Today’s couples have more options than ever when it comes to wedding stationery. While this gives you plenty of room for creativity and personalization, it can also make the process a little daunting if you’re not quite sure what you want. Relax. We’ve got you covered. Discovering or designing your perfect wedding invitations is easy with a few simple steps.
DON’T WAIT TO GET STARTED
The worst thing you can do is wait until the last second to start the process of picking out your invites or save the date cards. There’s probably a lot bigger selection than you realize! Begin the process at least 3-4 months before the big day. This will give you plenty of time to find the perfect selection in order to send them out 6-8 weeks before the wedding.
For destination weddings, you’ll want to get started even earlier: Begin looking 1 year before the wedding, and send them out 6-9 months before the wedding. Doing so will give everybody on the guest list plenty of time to make arrangements, and make the entire process much less stressful.
FIND YOUR UNIQUE STYLE
If you already have an idea of your wedding theme or the colors you’d like, then this step should be easy. If you have no idea what you’re going for, take heart. A little browsing will help you nail down the themes, colors, and designs that fit your personality.
Wedding blogs, social media, and magazines may offer inspiration. Also, look around your home and the decor you have already. What do you love about it? Consider incorporating some of those aspects in your wedding design.
Narrow down your focus to make searching invitations less daunting.
ORDER A SAMPLE KIT
Seeing various paper textures and colors up close and in person will give you a much better idea of which ones are your favorites.
KNOW YOUR NUMBERS
Before ordering, you’ll need to know exactly how many invitations you need. This will help you avoid costly mistakes (not ordering extras and having to go back to order more later). Remember to count households rather than the number of guests, and add in enough to cover your B-list (usually 10 to 20 extra per 100 to 150 invitations).
Knowing your final tally before making a decision might also help you narrow down options. If you’re stuck between a few selections you really love, cost might be the deciding factor. More guests mean a higher price tag, so you might choose the more economical option.
Don’t forget to factor in the cost of stamps for both the mailing of the invites, and the RSVP card. You’ll also need to price professional addressing of the invitation to give them an overall chic appearance.
BOOK AN APPOINTMENT
Sometimes you just need a pro to help you figure things out. Sit down with a designer and discuss your vision for the big day. Having another eye can really help you narrow down options and pinpoint a design you’ll fall absolutely in love with.
A professional designer can also help you keep things within your budget, and answer any questions you might have about etiquette and other wedding stationery essentials.