Wedding Invitations & Paper Goods Near Me
Save the date cards and wedding invitations should offer your guests a glimpse into the wonderful world they can expect to find on your big day. Not just the where, what’s and when’s. But the feel of your celebration, its look and vibe should all come across through your paper goods.
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When a thoughtfully designed, beautifully constructed wedding invitation drops on your doormat, it’s always an exciting moment. To peel open the envelope, and peek inside, exploring the colors and seeing where you’re going to be going – it’s thrilling. Which is why couples put so much love, and effort into their wedding invitations and paper goods.
The save the date card should be the very start of your guests’ adventure, giving them clues as to what’s to come, but without releasing too many details. The theme should, however, be there, making it clear the direction your big day will be going in, looks and feel wise.
This early in the paper goods trail, details can be kept sparse, as it’s unlikely you’ll have booked everything yet, or worked out timings. But it’s important that, 8 to 12 months before your wedding, guests know where and when the event will be. You may not know the exact place at this stage, but as long as loved ones have a date and rough idea of the venue location, they’ll be happy. And it’ll save from any disappointing calendar clashes.
When it comes to your wedding invitations, they can be sent much later, roughly 3 months before the big day. These invitations should coordinate with the general theme, and formality of your wedding day. Something to look out for when browsing the stationers we have available on Wedding Planning Assistant. Do they match your style? Would the examples in their portfolio work for your big day?
Once you’ve found a style that works, move onto color, and pick out a palette from the tones you’ve styled your big day with. If you haven’t got a set color theme, then maybe look at the flowers you’ve chosen, and pick out the predominant tones. Or possibly use your venue as inspiration if it has a strong look.
The overall style of your wedding invitations is important, but it’s not as critical as the information written on them. Your guests need to be able to clearly read, and understand, everything written on your paper goods.
If you’re choosing to have calligraphy, or a more modern style of presentation, make sure older relatives can understand it. Even for younger eyes, calligraphy can sometimes be difficult to read. Which, when paired with unusual color combinations, can make some invitations a nightmare to understand.
Find the line between style, and usability in your wedding invitations. Otherwise, you might not get as many RSVP’s back as you expected!
Once you have all the details down on your wedding invites, such as, names of the hosts and couple, date and time of ceremony, ceremony and reception location, attire details, wedding website address, and any other venue info – it’s time to check it! Enlist someone close to go through all the details for you, and preferably a few times, by more than one person. The last thing you want is an embarrassing spelling mistake on 250 invitations.
Along with the invite, you should also include an RSVP card. A simple, separate page with space on for your guests to fill in their details, and potentially their preferences, if you’ve requested that. You may wish to forgo this traditional part of the wedding invite, and request that people RSVP online. But just make sure that older relatives have someone to help them do this, in case they’re not able.
The deadline to receive RSVP’s, whether they’re online or not, should be at least 3 weeks before the wedding. As your catering team and venue will need to know your final guest count well ahead of the event.
When ordering wedding invitations, always order more than you need. You will find someone along the way that you wish you’d invited, or you’ll get a cancelation and then need to invite someone else. By having 10 or so more invites to hand, you’re saving yourself money in the long run, and creating extra little wedding keepsakes in the process!