Ordering your wedding invitations ought to be a joyful experience and in all honesty, it’s not as complicated as you might have been led to believe. As it’s not something you do every day though, I’ve put together a few pointers to guide you through the process. If there’s anything at all you’re unsure about, you’re very welcome to drop me a line and I’ll do my very best to help.
One invitation per family or couple is all you need, plus a few spares just in case. A useful rule of thumb for calculating invitation numbers is to multiply your total guest list by 0.6. Ordering a few more invitations than you think you need is a sensible precaution to cover any late additions to the guest list; the nature of the print process is such that printing extras at the last minute is at best horribly expensive, and at worst impossible to schedule.
When to send
It’s up to you when you send out your invitations, between three and six months before the wedding is a good guide though. If you choose to send save the date cards, these can go out as soon as you know when and where your wedding will take place.
When to order
Quite simply, your wedding invitations are too important to rush. To ensure your order receives all the personal attention it deserves I operate a booking system, limiting the number of weddings I’m working on at any one time. You’re welcome to make your booking as early on as you’d like, even if you’ve not completely decided on the design and details. I’ll need all the information to create your invitations at least six to eight weeks before you plan to send them.
Depending on the style of your ceremony and celebrations, you may choose to use a traditional form of words for your invitations, however it really is your choice. There is a plethora of ways you might invite your loved ones to share your wedding day; the only real restrictions are the size of the invitation card and making sure you communicate the vital information. As long as it’s clear who’s getting married along with the time, date and venue, the words you choose can be entirely your own.
If you’re at all unsure about how you’d like your invitations to read, please don’t worry; I’ll be on hand to offer guidance and suggestions throughout the process.
Avoid the temptation to clutter the invitation card with too many details. A separate details card or information booklet will ensure all your day’s particulars are beautifully presented.
Unless you’re planning a very intimate celebration, it’s likely you’ll need to include RSVP details somewhere within your invitation package. An RSVP card with a pre-addressed reply envelope is perhaps the simplest way to do this.
Supplying your wording
The text for your stationery needs to be supplied either as a Word or Pages document, ideally with as little formatting as possible. Though I do keep an eye out for any glaring errors, to ensure the process is beautifully smooth from start to finish, I ask that you take a moment to check for any errors, spelling mistakes or typos before sending your text.
Up to three rounds of revisions are included, which should be plenty to get everything just so. Each further round will be charged depending on the time involved, starting at £40.
It goes without saying that it’s important to check your proofs carefully. Should you wish to make any amendments after approving your artwork, I will sadly have to charge the full cost (including reprinting if required) of those amendments.