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Today’s guest post comes to us from  Maddison Wallace of Paperlust, based in Melbourne, Australia! Enjoy:

You’re newly engaged and you know you need wedding invites of some sort, but that’s about all you’re sure of. Where do you begin?! We’ve got you covered! Most people have a vague idea of what they like, but forget to consider the practicalities, so whether it’s rustic chic save the dates, premium letterpress thank you cards or location-inspired Sydney wedding invitations you’ve got in mind, take a deep breath and ask yourself these important questions before you do anything else:

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1. What stationery do I need?

First up, you need to have a think about what specific items of wedding stationery you want to include as part of your wedding suite. The usual assortment includes (in order of use):

• Engagement announcements
• Engagement party invitations
• Engagement party thank you cards
• Save the dates
• Will you be my bridesmaid/groomsman cards
• Wedding invitations
• RSVP cards
• Information & wishing well cards
• Wedding order of service
• Seating chart
• Place cards
• Wedding menus
• Wedding thank you cards

You don’t necessarily need to have all of these, but it’s worth thinking about it early so you can make sure you like the entire wedding invitation set when selecting your first cards.

Start with the earliest cards. Do you want to send out an announcement of your recent engagement, or was the Facebook post enough? Are you going to be having an engagement party, and if so, how formal is it? Should there be printed invitations or will word of mouth be sufficient? When it comes to the wedding stationery itself, what information will you need your guests to know? If you’re still unsure, the rest of the questions on this list will help you decide which cards you need.

2. What sort of wedding am I planning?

Are you planning a formal, sit-down gala or more of a relaxed party atmosphere? Will there be hundreds of guests or will it be more intimate? It helps to have this in mind from the beginning to determine which cards you will choose to include and the style you will choose.

3. What time frame am I working to?

When is your wedding likely to be? If it’s over a year away you have plenty of time for all the trappings: save the dates, engagement stationery etc. but if you’re rushed for time and talking in weeks and months instead of years, this might not be as feasible. You should use this to decide not only what cards will be included, but also whether you want to purchase your wedding stationery all in one go or a piece at a time. There are pros and cons to both. Make sure you take everything into account: processing time, printing, delivery, the time it takes you to distribute it to your guests, and the time it will take them to RSVP. Do you have guests coming from abroad? If you’re going sending wedding invitations from Sydney to Spain, you need to factor that delay in.

4. What is my budget?

This is an important, if rather unglamorous, consideration. How much can you realistically afford to spend on wedding stationery? If necessary, would you rather include fewer card types and have a really premium wedding invitation or opt for a more affordable design and use the money to print various types of cards?

5. What style do I want?

Okay, this is the fun part! Now that you know what practicalities to factor in, you can get back to considering what you like and what you had in mind beforehand. Perhaps you wanted rustic chic wedding invitations but you’ve realised they don’t fit with your fit-for-royalty banquet, so you might consider looking for styles that incorporate vintage lettering into something more up-market. Maybe you were after letterpress but have realised it’s out of your price range, but can find the patterns you like so much in digital print on linen. If you’re not sure, browse online for inspiration. The trick is to ask the first four questions first to avoid frustration and wasted time. Know the specifics of your practical requirements, and enjoy making creative choices from there.

 

Maddison Wallace is head of content at Paperlust. She is a communications professional, postgrad student, part-time librarian, and occasional wedding photographer. She loves words and drinking cups of tea. To learn more about Paperlust, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.