I help provide advice when ordering stationery everyday and there are a few questions I get asked most often so I thought it would be good to share with you a few hints and tips when ordering your wedding stationery.
Start the stationery process as soon as you can, ideally as soon as you have booked the venue. Avoid any stress and rush charges and give yourself time to choose inks and check proofs. If you looking at commissioning bespoke stationery, think about the design and theme of your invites and any coordinating stationery you would like. A great starting point is to gather imagery, swatches as well as your ideas, these details you provide really make your stationery special and personal.
When should you send out your invitations? Aim to send out your invites 6 weeks to 3 months before the wedding so I recommend starting the ordering process at least 2 months prior to this.
Not sure when to set your reply date? This may depend on your caterers and other vendors but I recommend setting it one month before your wedding. This will give you plenty of time to follow up any late responses and really helps to finalise any remaining items like table plans and personalised place cards earlier. Giving yourself this extra time will prevent any unnecessary stress close to the big day.
If you are sending out Save the Dates look to do this 6 – 9 months before the wedding or even earlier if you are having a destination wedding. Save the Dates are a great idea if the wedding falls on a holiday period or mid week to give your guests plenty of time to arrange their plans.
When deciding on numbers work on the basis of one invite per family or couple not person and include any family and friends that you know won’t be able to attend but would appreciate receiving an invitation.
Top Tip: Order an extra 10 to 20 invitation sets for any last minute guest list changes, this also allows for any addressing mistakes. It’s cost effective to order these now, reordering a small number of items at a later date can be really expensive.
Remember colour resolution can vary drastically between computers and electronic proofs should be used as a guide only. If there is a particular colour you would like I always recommend sending a swatch in the post. This hard copy can then be matched to an ink as closely as possible.
Would love a two colour letterpress design but on a tight budget? There are plenty of options to tailor your stationery requirements to suite all budgets. Choose two colours for the main invitations and just one colour for all coordinating items or print your stationery in one colour and include envelope liners to add an additional colour.
I hope these little tips help to make ordering your stationery easy and as stress free as possible!
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