Top 5 Things, Wedding Invitations

FRIDAY!!!! Woo! That means another installment of our Top 5 Things Guest Blogger Series! Today we hear from Jessica, the Designerd! She makes custom invitations for all occasions and today she discusses wedding invitations!

Here are my Top 5 Things, Wedding Invitations!

Price – is probably the most important thing to consider when deciding what type of invitation to choose. The more complex the invitation, the more the overall cost. One way to save is to do away with the unnecessary additional enclosures such as direction & hotel cards, extra envelopes, tissue and only include necessary information. A wedding website can be setup to include this information if it is needed. Another way to save is by eliminating embellishments. Embellishments are the things that dress up the invitations–ribbon, bows, flowers, gems, tulle, etc. Embellishments make the overall cost of the invitation rise and also make assembly more difficult. Quantity also plays a part. Only sending one invitation per household and trimming down the guest list helps lower the cost but make sure to order a few extra invitations and envelopes in case of mistakes or last minute guest additions. By choosing a postcard response instead of the standard response card and envelope, you’ll save on the postage and the cost of the envelopes.

Time – To create the perfect invitations make sure to give yourself plenty of time to figure out your tastes and to learn about invitation etiquette. If you are having custom invitations created you should start the process between 6-12 months before the wedding. This leaves plenty of time for designing, corrections, printing and assembling. You’ll want to have the completed invites in your hands at least 2-3 months before the wedding, leaving enough time for addressing and mailing. Invitations should ideally be mailed 6-8 weeks prior to wedding with an RSVP date of 2-3 weeks prior to the wedding. When picking an RSVP date take into consideration when vendors will need their final head counts.

Design, Color & Theme – You only get one shot at making a first impression and most often, the wedding invitation is the guest’s first glance at the event that awaits them. Consider the tone you’d like to set for your wedding day when choosing a design and wording for the invitations. If you have a theme selected for the wedding, carry it over to your invitation design for a cohesive look. Additional stationery pieces such as programs and place cards should have a similar look, feel, color scheme and theme as the invitations.

Size & Card Type – Do your research when deciding what type of invitation you’ll want. There are many options! Do you want the invitation to have a pocket to hold the enclosures? What shape do you want – square (square cards will need additional postage) or rectangle? What size would you like the final invitation to be? What type of paper would you like to use – specialty paper, textured cardstock, vellum, recycled, metallic?

Enclosures & Extras – Enclosures are cards and envelopes that will be mailed with the invitations. Most wedding invitations include these components: outer envelope, inner envelope, invitation, tissue (to protect cards with embellishments), reception card (if held at different location than ceremony), directions/map, hotel information, response card and self-addressed stamped response envelope. Some other stationery pieces that should be considered when ordering the invitations include: save-the-dates, wedding announcements, thank you cards, programs, place cards, table cards, menus and other wedding related invitations such as engagement party, shower, bachelor/bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinner and after party.

Here’s a sample of Designerd’s invitations:

Jessica Blymire is a graphic designer. Her company, Designerd Custom Invitations, makes custom invitations for all occasions. To check out more of her work, visit her webpage or on Facebook. Or e-mail her, designerdinvitations@gmail.com

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