So it’s time to tell your family and friends about your special day. Wedding invitations are a lovely way of you and your partner providing an insight into what kind of wedding you are going to have. They are also a reflection of your personalities. You could go for classic invitation which is simply a list of what, when and where – or you can go to the next step and really make them fabulous and unique! Essentially, you are giving your guests a glimpse inside your head as to what inspired all your choices.
The world of wedding stationery has really exploded. There are even blogs dedicated to wedding invitations. We have created an easy guide for our couples to read when considering invitations, which can then lead to table plans, place cards and menu cards.
We have no idea what we want!
If you don’t know what kind invitations you want yet, don’t panic – Whilst you are shopping around you could start with a Save The Date Card to let your guests know that they should keep that date free – but it doesn’t necessarily have to be a card. It could be a fridge magnet, bookmark or a message in bottle!
How much should we spend?
This is entirely up to you. You could spend £3 or £30 or more on one invitation. Budgets can range from £500 or £5000 on wedding stationery which could include table plan, menu cards, place cards, labels for favours, signage around the venue and much more! If your budget is moderate or you aren’t too bothered about the invitations being a work of art – look at choosing ‘collections’ that your stationery company has already designed and got in stock. This way you don’t pay for the design costs for making something bespoke.
Where do we start?
We like to explain wedding stationery by using two categories….
PRINTING METHOD & THEME.
There are various types of printing methods to choose from and it can be over-whelming looking at them all, but think about what represents you as a couple and what type of wedding you will be having. Do you love painting? Are you having a glamourous ballroom wedding? Is it an outdoor affair? Do you love vintage or classic styles?
5. Digital/ Inkjet
6. Flat print
* You can use more than one printed method!
* There are companies who specialise in one particular printing method and some who provide some or all of them!
2. Hand painted
5. Water colour
8. Vintage inspired
Once you have that sorted, think about the Colours.
Blind Embossing / Plate Sinking (Centre)
Blind Embossing creates a text or image raised above the page and plate sinking creates a rectangle or square acting as a border.
The process of heat stamping an image through a layer of metal foil onto card.
If you have created amazing wedding invitations, it is only right them are presented in an equally impressive or high quality envelope. Ask your designer to help you chose between plain, printed or lined.
Lovely intricate features
16 of our wedding invitation tips:
- Usually, you cannot request for ‘one’ bespoke invitation designed and printed before you order. Be aware that you will have to pay for the design work to be done before anything is printed.
- You don’t need an invitation for every guest. Find out how many live in the same household, how many couples and how many singles you are inviting. If you are having 100 guests, you may only need 60 invitations.
- Have a box of samples of invitations sent to you by the designer or go and see them in person. They may charge you for the samples but it is best to see samples of their previous work and it will also provide you with inspiration.
- Be aware that inks behave differently across different print processes and stocks. This is another good reason to request a sample or be specific with the ‘type of green you want’.
- The design of your wedding invitation allows you to be as creative as you want but don’t let that stray you away from the importance of the information being provided. There will be templates you can follow – but think about how in-depth you want the details to be and ensure all the relevant information is on there.
- You will have ‘plus ones’ and ‘girlfriend of …’ whom you have never met. Every guest should be made to feel special so find out the full name of that person when you address them on the invitation.
- You may choose to have your parents names for ‘officially’ inviting your guests but there are more couples who are using their own names on the invite – especially if you are paying for the weddings yourselves or if you are a slightly older couple.
- Your RSPV cards are your chance of requesting important information from your guests – how they spell their name or if they have any dietary requirements.
- Invitations give you the chance to hint at what you want to receive as a gift.
- You may chose to put information about attire, parking details, a map of the venue (especially if it is abroad) and any post wedding events such as a BBQ the following day.
- People book their holidays, plan another occasion or have to tell their place of work well in advance. Send ‘Save The Dates’ up to a year in advance if you want to! Invitations should be send at least 4 months before the wedding.
- Make the RSVP date between four and six weeks from the date you send the invitation. This helps you know exactly how many guests are going to show up.
- You may decide to have ‘evening guest’ invitations made – for those guests who you still want to come to the wedding but don’t have enough room for during the day or for a sit down meal.
- Remember that the more your invitations weigh, the more it is going to cost to post or ship! If you have a lot of guests living overseas you may decide to use a more cost-effective design option.
- Check the wording (grammar and spelling) carefully and have a friend or colleague check it over as well. Stationery designers and printers take no responsibility for typos and mistakes. A word spelt wrong or an incorrect postcode can be embarrassing.
- If you can’t collect your wedding stationery up yourself, ensure the designer sends your finished invitations by recorded post that requires a signature. The last thing you want is them getting lost in the post.
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Please note, we do not create wedding stationery ourselves. We just write about all-things wedding on our blog! White Avenue is a wedding planning company based in London. If you are interested in the White Avenue team planning your wedding, please email us on email@example.com. We cover the whole of the UK and we also plan destinations weddings such as Italy and Greece.