- 3 years ago
- Wedding: October 2014
I spent this past Friday night hand addressing 67 invitations and they were sent out on Saturday morning, so I’m feeling a huge sense of accomplishment as one more thing is checked off the check list!
Here’s what I learned for those who will be ordering or sending out their invites soon:
1. Order extra outer envelopes because there will be mistakes. I must of thrown away about 15 because of either accidentally writing the wrong address from reading the wrong row on my Excel spreadsheet, or a name or address becoming illegible due to my hand cramping. Even if you’re printing labels or printing directly on the envelope, you may discover a mispelling somewhere afterwards. The extras will also come in handy in case you need to resend any returned invites.
2. Order your postage about a week before you plan to send them out. I originally wanted to send them out the weekend before last, but I was not aware that my post office (and most post offices in general, I was told) does not carry an assortment of designs for stamps. I only needed the regular $.49 forever stamps, but the only ones they had available were 4th of July themed ones. Ordering the more wedding appropriate rose design online took about 4 days to arrive, but your mileage may vary. I also miscounted how many stamps I needed and ended up being 6 short, so 3 invitations got 4th of July themed stamps anyway.
3. When ordering invitations, have someone else who is detail oriented (unlike my dear ol’ dad) check your drafts and mock ups too. In my case, I wanted bi-lingual Vietnamese and English invitations and since my dad happen to go on vacation to Vietnam at the time, he offered to get them printed there and bring them home along with him. He had sent me photos through email for me to proofread and because I can’t read Vietnamese very well, he assured me that it was fine. After receiving them, my mom pointed out that they had left off a letter on the Vietnamese translation of “RSVP”, which was equivalent to it reading “RSV”. We had to get the RSVP cards reprinted and it took a while for them to ship over. Not only that, but neither the outer or RSVP envelopes had glue on them. Now I’m pretty sure the Vietnamese use glued envelopes, so I’m not sure how the printing company or my dad missed that, but it resulted in me and big roll of double sided tape becoming good friends Friday night.
I know these may sound totally obvious, but hopefully some Bees will find it helpful!
Now the RSVP waiting game begins…