Wedding Invitations are normally the first part of your wedding that your guests will get to see and are a great chance to establish your theme, show off your colour scheme, and wow your friends and family with some wonderful wedding stationery. But what do you need to know before you get started? We provide some top tips so that you can make your wedding invitations really stand out from the crowd!
You need to give your guests plenty of notice before you tie the knot so that they can get that date in the diary early and start making arrangements for your special day. It is customary to send your save-the-dates at least six months before your wedding date and then follow them up with your wedding invitations at around the two-months-to-go mark. Start planning and ordering your invites with plenty of time in hand so you aren't too rushed when it comes to posting them out!
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Set your style
You've probably got a clear idea of the style of wedding you want already, so why not use your wedding invitations to give a bit of a hint to your guests about what they can expect? There's so much choice out there so whether you're planning an elegant winter wedding or a rustic, country celebration, you'll find the perfect wedding stationery to suit your style.
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Pick your colours
Give a nod to your colour scheme with your invites and the rest of your stationery and you can have that lovely continuity running through your wedding day! There are literally thousands of options to choose from in all colours, shapes and sizes, so you can match your colour scheme and send out some incredible looking wedding invitations. Papier are an amazing stationery company with lots of beautiful invitations for you to peruse, and they even let you filter by colour to make the search a doddle!
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Once you've got a few ideas in mind, it's time to take a look around to see what's on offer. There's a plethora of online stationers out there so do your research and you could find the perfect invitations and at a great price too!
Be clear and concise
When it comes to writing your wedding invitations, it's best to make sure that the message you are sending to guests is nice and clear. That way no one can get confused! Don't waffle and fill the invite with useless information, but be certain to include all the key dates, times, RSVP details, and anything else you feel it is important for guests to know. If you find that you're running out of space, consider including some bits of information, such as directions to the venue or wedding gift list details, on a separate card, although be warned that this will bump up the cost a bit!
Set an RSVP date
Let's face it; it's quite easy for your guests to be a bit lax on their RSVP responsibilities so it's best to make it as clear as possible that you're expecting their reply by a certain date. Give yourself enough time to amend your table plans and speak to your caterers about final numbers, and also to chase any late repliers up, so it's best to set your RSVP date for at least a few weeks before your big day. You can always include a stamped envelope in your invite as a nice gesture to encourage those replies.
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Check the costs
Prices for invitations can vary dramatically so it's best to work out your budget beforehand, and stick to it! Don't forget your additional costs too, such as envelopes, RSVP cards, and inserts, which will add up. Before you know it you've got quite a cost on your hands, especially if you're inviting a large number of friends and family.
Proofread like crazy!
So you've picked the perfect wedding invitation, weighed up the costs and personalised them with a meaningful message, but hold on! Before you click that order button, it's time for some serious proofreading. Read it and re-read it, have your partner read it, ask your mum, dad, your friend with an English degree to read it too, the more the merrier! Remember, once it's ordered it's too late to go back so it pays to be meticulous in this instance. There's also a brilliant website called Grammarly that will go through your writing with a fine tooth comb, so you can be doubly sure that you've not made any mistakes.
So that's our comprehensive guide to what you should think about before buying your wedding invitations. Now you're ready to go out and find some beauties to send to your guests!