You know what they say, "First impressions last forever!" Your wedding invitations set the tone for your wedding and are the first impression your guests will have of your beyoutiful fete. They are part of the story of your nuptials and their importance should not be overlooked. Whether you are getting your invitations from Minted, Wedding Paper Divas, Esty or going custom, picking out the design of your invites can be fun and exciting. The rest? Not so much! Here are six must-do things to remember before sending that beautiful paperie!
The design of your invitations is the first glimpse into your wedding so make sure the story from beginning (invitations) to end (reception) is cohesive. Use your wedding style to guide you and help your pick invitations that are the perfect compliment to the wedding look and feel you are going for.
Photo: Brett Denfeld Photography - Design and Event Coordination: A Beyoutiful Fete Events & Design - Stationery: The Bride - Venue: Whitehall Estate
Once you have decided on the design, proofread the proof from your graphic designer or stationer before they are sent for printing. The last thing you want is to have 150 beautiful printed letterpress or gold foil invites at home and notice that the ceremony time is wrong or your name is misspelled. And once you've proofread it, proofread the proof again and again. In fact, get as many eyes as possible to review the draft to make sure you didn't miss anything. I'm sure your fiancé, parents, and maid of honor won't mind!
Photo: Joffoto - Planning, Styling, and Design: A Beyoutiful Fete Events & Design - Stationery: Mommy In Pink - Venue: Rust Manor House
Now that everything is good to go, make sure you order extra invitations. We all know that mail sometimes gets lost and that someone adds more people on the guest list at the last minute. As a result, purchase and keep extra invites on hand that way you are covered should anything like that happen.
Photo: Amilia Photography - Planning, Styling, and Design: A Beyoutiful Fete Events & Design - Stationery: Olive Juice Press - Venue: Goodstone Inn
There is nothing more frustrating than working so hard on your invitations down to the perfect envelope only for them to be ruined by a ton of black smudges and stamps all over them. You can prevent that from happening to your pretty paperie by asking the post office to hand cancel them for you. Hand cancelling is a process of stamping the invitations by hand versus putting them through a machine. This service is free of charge; but, be sure to ask nicely!
Photo: Katie Nesbitt Photography - Planning, Styling, and Design: A Beyoutiful Fete Events & Design - Stationery: Minted - Venue: Stone Tower Winery
Your invitation suite provides guests with all the need-to-know details of your wedding day. They also serve a role of informing you how many guests will be attending your celebration via the RSVP card. In addition, if you are having different entrée choices, RSVP cards help you determine people's meal choices. Therefore, don't forget to send RSVP information to your guests. We know its an extra piece of paper that you have to pay for; but, trust us, it plays a crucial role. You can send an RSVP card or direct guests to your wedding website on your information card to save on paper and money. If you do send an RSVP card with your invitation suite, don't forget to include a pre-stamped envelope. Its proper etiquette to do so!
Photo: Joffoto - Planning, Styling, and Design: A Beyoutiful Fete Events & Design - Stationery: Dreamcatcher Stationery - Venue: Morven Park
Once you have assembled your invitations, or even just one, go to the post office and weigh your invitation before adding any stamps. The destination, shape, and size of your invitation envelope or package will affect the number of stamps that you will need. If your invitations go out with an insufficient amount of postage they will be sent back to you with all the post office markings all over them. This means you will have to put them in a new envelope and use new stamps (in the correct amount this time) to get them delivered to your intended recipients. It's crucial step and it doesn't take long to get this done so don't skip this step.