The importance of wedding invitations can often get underestimated amongst all the other elements which go into planning a wedding. However, your wedding invitation is your guests’ first peek into your wedding day, so you want to make it shine and like the old saying goes ‘’first impressions count’’
Not sure where to begin? Here is a quick overview of the main things to consider before you get started.
1). When to send out your wedding invitations.
Make sure to start early when thinking about your wedding stationery. If you’re planning to send out save the date cards, send those as soon as you have confirmed the date with your venue. This allows your guests to plan well ahead for your big day especially if you are planning a mid-week or overseas wedding. This also buys you time through your planning as you only need to mention the bride, groom and dates on these, all the other details can be supplied with the formal invitation.
If using save the dates then you can send the formal invitations up to six to eight weeks before the wedding itself. If you decide not to use save the dates then you will need to send out the formal invitations as soon as you have a confirmed date and any details that your guests need to be aware of for your big day.
Remember: It can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks - or longer depending on what style you choose or if you choose to go down the personalised bespoke invitation route - to finalise and have your invitations printed. Make sure to factor this time into your wedding invitation planning and also allow yourself enough time to get these sent out in the post or hand-delivered.
2). Get your dates straight
Make sure to include an RSVP deadline in your invitation, whether that's a separate insert, on the invitation itself, through a wedding website or to contact the wedding party directly. Try to request the deadline to be no more than three to four weeks after guests receive the invitations. Having a confirmed number impacts how you can move on with other areas of your wedding planning, such as organising the seating chart, confirming the catering or arranging centrepieces and other decor elements.
3). Set the tone for your big day
Your wedding invitation begins setting the theme for your big day so it needs to either complement or match the plans you have for the day. You should have an idea of the type of event you are throwing for example a relaxed beach wedding? Classic and elegant black-tie affair? Or, a glam but modern city wedding?
Think about your wedding colours too, your colour scheme is really important when creating your style. Your chosen colours typically flow through your decor, flowers, cake, bridesmaid dresses etc and is a nice touch to be added to your invitations - giving your guests a first glimpse into what’s to come.
Pinterest is a great place to start creating a mood board and to begin building an overview and gathering inspiration for your big day so you can choose an invitation style that hits the same note. At N.C.K Design we highly recommend ordering a sample before purchasing your final stationery. This allows you to see the quality, craftsmanship, feel and colours of an invitation which can often be difficult to see in a photo.
4). What information to include
Wedding invites are most importantly a means of information for your guests. Make sure to list vital information on your invitations, such as the couples names, wedding date, ceremony time and location. You may choose to keep your invitation quite simple and only provide the essential information however if you would like to include information about accommodation, directions, post-wedding activities, gift list or honeymoon contribution we advise you to include a separate enclosure card or create a wedding website. Trying to squeeze too much onto the information card can make it hard to read and it won’t look as elegant.
5). Get your numbers right
The most common mistake that people make when counting up their numbers for wedding invites is to count the number of guests. Generally, your guests will be in couples or families. Take a look at your guest list and figure out how many houses need invitations - you might be able to cut your order in half. Always order a few spares in case you have missed somebody off your list or plan on sending an invitation to a B-list. You will often find family members who would love to keep hold of a few for keepsakes.
6). Triple check the proof
Before your invitation order is printed, your stationery designer will send you a proof usually through email. It might sound obvious but make sure you read the proof word for word right to left so you don’t accidentally gloss over any mistakes. It’s a good idea to have as many people as possible to check the proof to okay it - you’d be surprised at the things you may miss.
7). Consider your budget
The price of a wedding invitation can vary dramatically and it can be very easy for your costs to run away with you. It all depends on the design. Make sure to do your research around printing processes, decorative extras, custom designs and multiple enclosures which will all add to your costs, however, invitations can often be adjusted to suit your budget whether it needs to be simplified to reduce costs or enhanced for something more luxurious.
8). Rest of the suite
A lot of the time, couples can forget about all the extra items you need to make your big day special. Remember to think about menus, table plans, name cards etc. Give some thought to ordering an all-round complete set of stationery so that all of the elements are cohesive and matching and add that special something for all of your guests.