With the launch of the new regular feature ‘Everything you need to know about wedding stationery’ earlier today, let’s start as we mean to go on and follow up with the very first post in the series.
How many invites do I order?
A common mistake newly engaged couples make when ordering stationery is the quantity of invitations they need. You will be sending one invitation per household, not per guest. Cohabiting couples receive one invitation and for couples living apart, I suggest sending one invite to the guest you’re closer with and including both names on the envelope and invitation. Families should receive one invitation and traditionally children over 18 who live at home or away should receive their own invitation. Take a look at your guest list and count how many houses need invitations before you give your stationer the final number.
Plus a few…
I always recommend that my couples order enough invitations for their guest list, plus at least 10 extra sets for any last minute guest list changes, damages or lost in the post or if you plan on sending invitations to a “B-list” to replace guests who can not attend. From experience there is always extra guests added to the most final of lists. It’s better to order a few extra invites initially, rather than having to re-order more later which can be expensive. Especially if you are having letterpress or foil printed pieces as there is usually a minimum run of 30 so it may not even be possible to order just a couple more a few weeks later.
Don’t forget, you might want to keep one as a keepsake too!
Also consider ordering extra envelopes to allow for addressing errors and if you’re hiring a calligrapher they usually request approx. 15%-20% extra invitations/envelopes for inevitable addressing mistakes.
Ta da, first post done! I hope you found this helpful, these posts will be filed under ‘need to know basis’ in the categories on the right so you can use this resource whenever you need with ease.
Sonia came to me last year with such a lovely idea for her and Chris’s invites I couldn’t wait to get started and these invites have now become a firm favourite of mine.
Sonia wanted the invites to reflect the couples cultures and for the stationery to incorporate two Indian elephants, Chris’s elephant with a colourful tartan print and Sonia’s inspired by the paintings from the Indian Elephant Festival. As they were having Indian and Scottish celebrations three separate invites were needed and so Sonia wanted these to be defined with foil edging, gold for the Indian invites and silver for the Scottish invites. To really let the edging sing we duplexed the card to double the weight to 700gsm creating a deeper edge to really show off the shine! Both sets also came with RSVP postcards and information cards. The envelope flaps were letterpress printed in black with the couples elephant motifs.
I loved the whole idea for these invites and the thought Sonia put into them and the use of multiple process and finishes makes these invites extra special. Plus I love elephants so I was always going to love doing these!
Hand drawn Indian elephants with prints and matching envelope liner.
If you would like me to design your bespoke wedding stationery please do get in touch for further details, I would love to hear from you.
Images by Anna Hardy.
Sometimes I just tweak an existing design and it suddenly looks brand new!
Sabrina really liked the Rosalind style but wanted to personalise the design and incorporate her other half’s love of fishing. The couple designed their own save the dates and had used a font that they wanted to carry through to the invitations which refreshed the Rosalind invite beautifully. Together with the little fish illustration we transformed the original design into something that reflected Sabrina and Alex’s style, just as your wedding stationery should!
Invitations were letterpress printed in black ink.