Today’s helpful guest post comes to us from Sarah Reed, the owner and lead designer of Dodeline Design, a Charleston, SC based stationery company. Enjoy!

Wedding stationery is an exciting piece of the wedding, as it happens to be almost the only thing you get to see and have before the Big Day itself. With all that anticipation building, holding your invitations in your hands helps a little in making the whole thing seem real. That said, it can be very tempting to make an appointment with that stationer you’ve been stalking on Instagram right after the ring appears on your finger. While it’s always fun for vendors to speak with new brides, it will be a much more productive and informative conversation if you figure out a couple things first.

Read the full post after the cut!

Guest Count and Household Count

This is the number one thing we as stationers find ourselves sharing with new brides — stationery happens to be almost the only thing that depends not on the number of guests but on the number of addresses or households. If you choose to do save the dates on your own, don’t over order! It’s a common confession we hear in our studio. In that spirit, start gathering addresses as soon as you can. It’s one of the more challenging tasks leading up to the wedding. Put them in an Excel spreadsheet so they will be easy to manipulate for printing or calligraphy later.

Date and Venue

Without the date and venue being finalized, nothing can go to print. Wait to set up an appointment with your stationer until these two items are firm, just as you would with most other vendors. They will be able to help you more effectively if you do.

A General Idea of What You Like

You don’t have to have it entirely figured out – after all, flipping through samples is a big part of the fun of the stationery meeting. It is a good idea, though, to have a few ideas to guide the process and conversation – are you all about classic or going for a funky modern vibe? Are neutrals the order of the day or bright pops of color? How do you feel about monograms?

Think About What Needs to be Sent to Your Guests

Being in Charleston, we often work on invitations for destination weddings. When guests are traveling, sometimes you want to share a little more information in the invitation than usual – perhaps there are multiple events, hotel accommodations, transportation information, etc. that you’ll want your guests to know. If so, you’ll likely need more pieces in your invitation suite, which will affect the cost and is good to let your stationer know up front when possible. Being prepared with the above will make for a productive, fun, and wonderful initial consult with your stationer of choice.

Great advice, thanks Sarah! For more information about Dodeline Design, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.

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