These tips are gold! Yes, I am not keeping them to myself any longer. My 5+ years in the wedding stationery biz had learned me a thing or two in terms of what to do, what not to do, and what not to forget!
Without further ado, here are my top 5 tips when planning your wedding invitations:
Figure out your postage ASAP
If you leave postage to the very last minute before sending you might end up like one of my clients; she sent her husband to the post office and he came back with 200 gopher themed stamps.
Post offices (at least in Canada) don't always have a huge variety of stamps on hand in the quantity you will need. Typically, as well, they will only have 1 or two wedding appropriate designs.
If you plan ahead you can find more options and even order a custom design to match your gorgeous invitation suite. No gopher stamps for you!
On the topic of postage, consider as well the thickness of your invites. At least in Canada, an invitation that is too thick can double your postage costs. This is why I often opt away from ribbons that provide a little bulk around the knot and suggest a nice flat paper belly band/wrap instead.
Have guests Initial their meal choice
If you are having a meal selection (ie. chicken or beef) for your reception, plan ahead with your RSVP card to save huge headaches later. That means not only should you provide a space for your guests to indicate their meal, but you should also make it clear for them to initial or write the names of who wants what. This way when it comes time to colour code or make symbols for the wait staff on the place cards, you will have all the information ready at hand without having to make a hundred phone calls.
Number your reply cards
Whether you pencil in numbers discreetly by hand, or have your stationery designer print them on the invites -- make this simple task happen before you send out your invites! This way when trying to figure out which replies are missing you can refer to the numbers you have received rather than trying to remember names. Easy peasy!
Save money with a postcard rsvp!
You can still have all the fun of a mail-back reply without having to splurge on an extra envelope. Not sure what they are? Well, it's just like the name says, it's a postcard rather than insert + envelope that your guests can mail back with their reply details. My clients LOVE this option.
Get at least 1 matching reception item
might be, set a little dough aside for at least 1 reception item that matches your invitations. There is just no better way to tie in the day like pretty paper. Even if it's something simple like table numbers...your guests will notice and you won't regret having that little detail to tie everything together.
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