Jessica from Odd Duck Press put together this post to make sure you stay on track when it comes to your wedding stationery. Thanks so much Jessica, your posts are so helpful!
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Jessica from Odd Duck Press put together this seriously helpful post about wedding stationery. She previously shared a great post about etiquette and invitation wording, check it out if you missed it! Thanks Jessica, you are a wealth of knowledge. :)
Ok, first take a deep breath. This will be painless, I promise! I know that with the myriad of to-do’s involved in getting ready for the BIG DAY, planning the invitation suite can be daunting. (How do you tactfully let people know their kids aren’t invited? What is an escort card?) Let’s take it a step at a time and begin by breaking down the invitation suite.
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Jessica from Odd Duck Press put together this post that’ll make sure you use proper etiquette. She also has some wording options for your invitations. This is the first of a series of guest posts from Jessica, we’re so excited to share them with you.
Depending on how traditional your wedding will be will determine how closely you’ll need to adhere to formal etiquette. Another major factor is who is hosting (ie: footing the bill).
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Thank you Campbell Raw Press for helping us out today and making the letterpress process easier to understand! Letterpress is truly an artform, and after reading this post, our planning couples and fellow vendors will be sure to agree. ;)
You’re curious about letterpress wedding invitations, you love the results, but you’re a little foggy on where to start and how it works, right? There are, indeed, a lot of steps, but the process is pretty simple and once you know a little more about how it works, hopefully you’ll feel a little more sure footed as you navigate invitation options.
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A big big thanks to Kristen at Five Dot Design and 915 Monmouth for putting together this super informative post for us today. If you are engaged and thinking about your stationery, then you’re gonna want to bookmark this post!
Invitations seem to be the first thing that make the whole wedding process “real” for most brides. You’re taking all the details you’ve been organizing for the past however many months and putting them down on paper to send out into the world. Family and friends will come witness, not only you and your fiance getting married, but all the hard work you’ve put into pulling this event together and making it perfect.
So, of course, you want your invitations to be perfect as well. The basic invitation suite can be broken down into a few simple pieces… some are must-have’s, some are nice-to-have’s and some are added bonuses. Now, I realize that you might put some pieces in different categories and that’s perfectly fine. These are just the most popular pieces I have found with my clients.
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The WeddingInviteLove lookbook is here! Over 300 WeddingInviteLove vendors are listed by location, along with several awesome guest articles that have appeared on the blog. All vendors get both an image listing with online linking to their WeddingInviteLove profile and as well as directory is in the back linking directly to their websites. 72 pages, 300+ images, and 1000+ links of beautiful wedding invitation goodness!
View and download online for free from Issuu, or get a high-quality print version from MagCloud for $20. Send to any friends and family looking for invitation inspiration or need wedding invitations — or pass along just to promote the beautiful designs by the amazing WeddingInviteLove vendors.
I’m so excited that this has finally launched — I love running an online directory, but it was definitely time to start expanding offline. The next version will be printed in Spring 2012, and I already have a slew of things to improve on — that said, would love any suggestions, requests, anything, in the comments!
Today’s guest post is by the fabulous Jackie from Sweet Little Thrills, an adorable design and life blog. When you’ve finally decided that it’s time to get wedding invitations, the process can be confusing as heck and scary, and Jackie has some great tips about invitations to make sure the process goes smoothly!
Most people greatly underestimate the time needed to browse, order, receive, address, and mail wedding invitations.
Sending your invites out approximately 6-8 weeks prior to your wedding is customary, so you’ll need to give yourself time to search, order, and assemble the invitations before mailing.
Start looking at least 4 months before your wedding to ensure you have ample time to get those little gems out on time.
There is nothing worse than falling in love with an invitation suite (or boots, purse, or house for that matter) that you simply cannot afford.
You will either: a) woefully settle on invites that you don’t love, b) start imagining strange ways of collecting extra money to spend on your invites, c) expand your budget again, or d) cry bitter tears until you have your fiancé select something else (a bit dramatic, I admit, but it happens).
Your guests gain their first clues about your wedding from your invitations. Coordinating a color palette or theme pulls together the individual aspects of your wedding.
Wedding invitation websites, such as WeddingInviteLove, allow you to browse by several search fields so you can easily narrow down your choices.
If you’re working with a custom designer, show them photos or examples of other wedding choices you’ve already made. They will be able to tailor their designs to your preferences.
A fairly simple task to prevent These Don’t Look Like They Did Online Syndrome is to request samples of a few designs that you like. Samples usually cost a few bucks, but that money is well spent to avoid a rush-order invitation replacement fiasco.
Once you have the samples in hand, you can rest assured you know what you’re getting.
The standard invitation suite includes: the invitation, response card, reception card, accommodations card, and directions card. Decide which of these you’ll need first. If you aren’t having any out-of-town guests, you may decide to do without the accommodations card. Make the choices that are right for you and your wedding.
Many invitation designers also coordinate table numbers, escort cards, and thank you cards to match your invitation, so it may be worthwhile to browse the options when selecting your invites.
The easiest way to get an accurate number is to create an Excel spreadsheet. List each household, rather than each person, that you need to send an invitation to. The number of rows in your spreadsheet equals the number of invitations you’ll need.
The next step is to add roughly 15-20% to that number. It sounds a bit high, but trust me. Between the late guest list additions, handwriting mishaps, invites that get lost in the mail, and any you’d like leftover as keepsakes, you’ll be happy you ordered extra at the beginning.
Reread and proofread the invitation text with your crazy hat on. This is one time that you REALLY don’t want any errors. A sneaky way to catch spelling errors is to read it backwards.
Give it to your mom, bridesmaid, fiancé, or someone else you trust to proofread as well. The more eyes the better.
Make sure commas are in their rightful place, all names are spelled correctly, and please, oh please, make sure the date and year are right.
You’ve made a selection, proofread the text over and over, so the only step left is to place the official order! Pour yourself a glass of wine and take a deep breath. One step down.
You might second-guess yourself on your choice, and you wouldn’t be the only bride to do so, but the truth is: your gut reaction is the one you should trust.
Thank you Jackie! Check out her awesome blog, Sweet Little Thrills, for more awesome posts!
Photo Credit: Girl Metro, Inc. on WeddingInviteLove
The wonderful Amanda from baci designer stationery + events is guest posting today about the importance of beautiful, custom, and thoughtful invitations. Thank you Amanda!
Each time I hear, “I don’t want to waste a lot of money on invitations because people just throw them away,” I cringe. Not only are invitations a large part of my life — after all, I am the owner and lead designer for baci designer stationery + events — they’re just plain wrong!
I agree, people will toss crappy invitations that glaringly show there was no thought or effort put into them. No one expects a guest to keep something even the bride and the groom don’t care about. Invitations are one of the most essential parts of planning a wedding because they set the tone of what guests are to expect on the wedding day while at the same time helping them prepare for your event. In turn it will keep them out of the trash and in the memory books! Below are a few reasons why invitations are so important and the information you should include on them in an effort to make your guests more comfortable and prepared for your big day!
Have you ever received an invitation in the mail and been able to envision the wedding day? Well, if your answer is no then you’ve probably never received an invitation that properly set the tone. If your answer is yes, that bride and groom did it right! The invitation to anything, especially a wedding, should exude the theme of the event to come. A full-on extravagant bash complete with a fireworks send-off should have an equally extravagant invitation — imagine receiving an engraved invitation suite on Crane’s finest stock placed in a silk box, hand-tied with satin ribbon and adorned with a rhinestone brooch. You would know to dress in your finest attire and expect nothing but the best at the event, which means the invitation is setting the tone perfectly.
Below is an invitation I created for clients, Casey and Josh. It’s the perfect example to express that you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on the perfect invitation for your big day. The couple wanted something sweet and simple for their $5,000 Valentine’s Day Wedding and I think the invitation suite exemplifies that perfectly! Their custom monogram, c&j, and their colors — brown, pink and red — were continued throughout the entire event.
Receiving the perfect invitation in the mail should make you ready for the wedding to arrive. If a bride and groom put thought into what their invitation looks and feels like, it is definitely conveyed to the guest. A fun-filled wedding with a circus theme should have an invitation that makes people chomp at the bit for the big day to arrive.
Below is an example of an invitation suite I designed for clients, Alexis and Sam. Their low-key and relaxed wedding was to take place in the Bahamas where they planned a weekend of fun activities for their guests to enjoy. Their invitation expressed that perfectly, not only giving guests the proper information to book travel and pack properly, but priming them for all of the fun that was to come!
Obviously one of the most important reasons for having the perfect invitation is to include all of the proper information for your guests. They certainly won’t be tossing it in the trash if it is full of useful details! Below are some of the important things to include in your invitation suite:
This seems like a bit of a “duh” thing to add, but it is incredibly important to put who the invitation is coming from. Not only should you include the bride and the groom (obviously — lol!), but if the parents are helping host the event their information should be included. Generally, the bride’s parents are the hosts, but if the groom’s parents are helping out, their names should be included as well.
One other thing to think about is to make sure people know who the bride and groom are when they receive their invitation. Maybe the groom always goes by a nickname and no one would know who he was if it wasn’t included. Feel free to make it personal, proper etiquette doesn’t always apply to each and every situation.
Once again, something you would assume would be second nature, but it’s important to do it properly. Always say when the event will start — not when the music will start. The time on your invitation should be the time your bridal party will begin to walk down the aisle. As a guest, you should always plan to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the time provided on the invitation. Also, don’t forget to include when your cocktail hour and reception will begin. You may also want to say when dinner will be served because the beginning of the reception is not always the beginning of dinner — you don’t want hungry guests!
When writing the ceremony location you should include the full street address and the city. If many guests are from out of state you can include the state as well. There is no need for the zip code, it’s not very appealing on the eyes to have an extra string of numbers on your formal invitation. You can follow the same rules for the reception information.
Feel free to include directions on a separate, but matching card, especially if guests are coming in from out of town or if the route is tricky or may be under construction. To be completely helpful, include directions from the hotel to the church and from the church to the reception. Everyone has GPS nowadays, but they don’t always provide what you would consider the best route.
Do you expect your guests to arrive in suit and tie? Well then be sure to tell them! Also, the big one people miss in this department is telling guests your event will be held outdoors. Outdoor weddings require different attire, especially for the ladies, so be sure to let your guests know on the invitation so they can wear their flats so they don’t sink into the grass and bring a shawl to keep them warm if the day is chilly. Don’t forget to include your Plan B if the weather chooses not to cooperate.
It is common practice to reserve a block of rooms at a local hotel for your guests. A separate, but matching, card included in your invitation suite is the perfect place to provide that information. You can also include information on shuttles if the hotel is providing one to and from your event.
Have a wedding website that’s full of all sorts of useful information about you, your bridal party and how the whole love affair got started? Feel free to share that with your guests, too! Be sure you’re not using the crazy long link on your invitation suite though —it makes it almost impossible for guests to properly type it into the browser. Use a site like bit.ly to shorten and customize your link.
Remember, the more personal and about you an invitation suite is, the more apparent it will be to the guests that you put your whole heart and soul into the event. Now that you’re armed with this great information on how to make your wedding invitation suite exciting and useful, go on out and create that beautiful invitation your guests will want to show off to their friends! Happy Planning!
Thank you so much Amanda! Such great and thorough information. For more about Amanda and baci stationery design + events, check out the WeddingInviteLove profile, or head straight to the baci website.
Today’s post is by the fabulously wonderful Sarah from Hip Ink, one of my first WeddingInviteLove friends to meet in person. She runs The Invitation Blog, a hilarious and informative blog about invitations, etiquette, and advice, and I’m so happy she donated a post to us today!
Have you ever had that feeling? You know the one. The one you get after looking at page after page (after page…) of wedding invitation albums, every invite looking more and more alike; each nondescript floral, pearlized dove and stuffy old typeface making you feel like you’ll never find an invitation that “fits”.
Listen to that feeling — it’s wise. That feeling is telling you that those plain-jane, boring, traditional wedding invitations just aren’t your bag, baby. You want something fresh, unique, beautiful and…well…you. And *you* ain’t gonna find it in that invitation album my friends.
Where you *will* find it is on WeddingInviteLove, where you can choose from literally hundreds of custom invitation designers who are ready and willing to take your inspirations, ideas and personalities and make them shine on paper. We’re all about the details — just like you!
I’m guessing when you dreamt of your big day, you probably didn’t dream of having an event just like everyone else’s right? Ever shown up at a party in the same outfit as someone else? Ouch. You want your wedding day to be unique, to reflect you as a couple, to be once in a lifetime, just for you. So why invite your family and friends to share that with you by sending them an invite you picked up in bulk at Wedding-Save-O-Rama?
Why else should you consider a custom invitation designer?
Have an out-of-the-ordinary event? A destination wedding, a wedding weekend, a full-on three-day blow-out? Different cultures, different languages, different ceremonies and customs? An amazing theme? A spectacular location? All great reasons to hire someone who can create an invitation that will communicate everything you need to your guests, and do it with impeccable style.
Officially lost when it comes to etiquette? Mailing times? Who to send what, where and when, how and why? Confusing I know – but relax, and take a deep breath, because you have an expert on the job. A custom invitation designer is a fantastic resource and can help take the stress out of the process for you with all the timely tips and advice you need.
You can bet that the level of attention and service you’ll get from a custom designer is something that those big invitation companies could never even dream of offering. We’re here to get to know you, to care about what matters to you, to give you an experience that helps to relieve your stress, instead of adding to it. Think [Insert Name of Giant Invitation Retailer] can do that? Didn’t think so.
You care about the details — even the ones you probably shouldn’t care so much about. It’s a one-time thing, and you want it to be perfect. So do we. You want to create an invitation inspired by your grandmother’s family crest — we’re there. You need to match the exact colour of those beautiful orchids in your bouquet — we can do it. You want to re-imagine your matching tattoos as a monogram — we’ve got this. And we’re passionate about making it right.
So yes, hiring a designer is the perfect way to avoid “that feeling” and to ensure that your invitation is the perfect reflection of the reason you crazy kids are doing this thing anyway — your totally one-of-a-kind love.
Thank you Sarah! Check out Hip Ink on WeddingInviteLove, or head straight to the Hip Ink’s website to order a custom invitation directly from Sarah!
Photo credit: Faye & Co. on WeddingInviteLove.
Letterpress printing is such a beautiful way to finish off your wedding invitations, but working with a printer the first time can be confusing! Kseniya from Thomas-Printers Invitations has some great advice about working with letterpress printers.
No event really starts until the invitations are sent out. And even though I’m biased, as a letterpress printer, I think paper invitations — especially letterpress-printed ones — are absolutely the best way to welcome your guests to celebrate with you. So, let’s say that you’ve decided that your wedding invitations must be letterpress-printed. Excellent — the printers of America thank you! How do you go about working with a printer who can make your all your papery dreams come true?
Letterpress printers are easy to find, these days (Ladies of Letterpress has more that 1000 members alone!), so that part will be easy. The whole process will be easy, actually, if you follow these helpful hints.