Choosing your wedding invitations are a crucial step in your wedding planning process. Your wedding invitations set the tone for your big day. They can garner interest or make your invited guests think twice about attending. Regardless of your budget or style preference it is important to take the following factors into consideration when selecting your invitations.
Consider the impression you would like to make on your guests. The wording and the style of your selected invitation should reflect the type of wedding you are having. Think about the last time you opened a wedding invitation. How did it make you feel? Did you anticipate the event? Did it alert you to a special theme or setting. Make sure your invitations give a clear indication of what’s to come.
Before you purchase your wedding invitations you should visit a stationary store that specializes in weddings. Many of these stores offer a wide selection to choose from and can give you great ides to start your selection process. You may also find creative ways to personalize your invitations with monograms, photographs or even custom invites. Utilize their experienced staff as guides to selecting the correct wording and type styles.
Calligraphy is also an option for brides who want a handwritten look. Be advised that due the labor intensive nature of the job, calligraphy can be pricey. Budget brides may want to look into using a laser printer and printing the invitations out themselves with specialty papers.
Before you place your order it is imperative that you proofread your invitation. Once you have signed off on your order you are responsible for payment even if your name is spelled wrong or your location address is incorrect. Plan to order extra envelopes to give you room for error on a guests name or address. You may also want to look into preprinting your response cards so that you can save the time and hassle of writing them yourself and so that your guests know where to mail their RSVP’s to.
Brides should always be aware of the time it will take to find the perfect invitation, have it designed, printed and returned to them for mailing. Invitation times vary depending on the type with traditional printed invitations being ready in a little as a week and hand lettered invites taking the up to 6 weeks or more. Wedding invitations should be ordered 4 months in advance to give adequate time for brides to mail them out.
Finding the perfect wedding invitations is a detail oriented process that will set the scene for your entire wedding. You only get one chance to make a first impression so make a memorable one and enjoy the countdown to your big day!