Post # 1
What are some things you wish you knew about invitations before you ordered? I’m about to pick out mine (going to look again tonight) so I’m wondering if there’s anything I should be thinking about…??
Mine won’t be toooooo crazy, as I’m trying to limit my "paper" budget for the wedding.
I’m planning on sending mine out about 8 or 9 weeks before my wedding, and giving them 4 full weeks to RSVP, which will be 4 weeks before my wedding. That way I will have time to call the stragglers, and get the info back to my vendors 2 weeks prior to the wedding…
I’m planning on doing rectangle invites to avoid the extra postage on square invites.
Anything else I should know ahead of time???
Post # 3
number your RSVP cards on the back corressponding to a list you make. Sometimes people forget to write their names!
SPELL CHECK a million times!! and check dates, numbers, addresses.. etc.
Good luck and let us see what you get!!
Post # 4
A few things:
1) If you have time, double check addresses in google maps just to make sure that they are spelled correctly, or that the zip code is correct. Sometimes when people email you, they will forget to give you Apt #s, or say you get the address via the phone, something may get lost in communication.
2) If you tie knots with ribbon or have any type of embellishment that will make a bump in the envelope, the post office may charge you extra.
3) Number the back of your rsvp cards just in case you can’t read the writing of a name that you get back, or if the name line is blank!
Other than that, your timeline sounds great!!
Good luck =)
Post # 5
Also weigh your invitation to make sure it won’t require extra postage for weight. And if you are trying to save money on paper costs, you may consider doing postcard rsvps instead, to save cost on the envelope AND stamp!
Post # 6
I second making a numbering system….
I’ve received four RSVPs with no names!
Post # 7
It’s a great idea to take your sample invitation (or proof) to the post office to see what it will cost to mail it. Most invitations will not mail with a standard first-class stamp, and some multiple part pocket folds will cost over $1 each to mail.
Also – and this is a more common mistake than you might think – remember that you only need one invitation per family or couple (not one per guest!) But do order about 10% extra. If your FI and families don’t come up with extra guests after you order, you’ll be about the only one that hasn’t happened to.
Post # 8
I second the lots of extras!! I think my count was that I needed about 90, but I ordered 125 just to be safe (and got over 130…). It gives you lots of flexibility to invite those you wanted but didn’t think you’d be able to invite when you find out that some people won’t be able to come.
Extra envelopes are a also a must!! If you’re addressing them yourself, it’s very reassuring to know you can make a ton of mistakes, or decide to redo the ones that look funky without running out.
Post # 9
@BeachBrideT – Great thread – this is priceless advice!
Post # 10
Make sure the date says "two-thousand nine" not "two-thousand AND nine"
Post # 11
Wow Ladies, sure glad I read this thread! Invites does seem my biggest challenge lately…though what am I saying, the dress sure was too! wow. Anyhow, wondering where you ladies got your invites from? A local place or a good online site? I’m being told online is the way to go..and how early would you say to order them? My sis was so late! Granted that’s so her…she didn’t even make her minimum #. With mine being 150 I sure don’t want that to happen!
Post # 12
@Valleygirl – I am making my own, but I would suggest ordering online over locally. As far as when to order them, it depends on how long it will take you to address them. As a basic rule of thumb, I would say having them in hand about 3 months before the wedding (giving you 1 month to address) would be good. Then you would just work backward from there depending on how long it takes the company to get them out the door.
Post # 13
sounds great- thanks alot for the advice
wish I was a craft girl..but I’m SO not!
Post # 14
We ordered ours online and no complaints.. BUT.. like above double check EVERYTHING !! Ours came in and I put so much effort into wording the response cards to make it as easy for us as possible when it came to food selections, etc and when they came in I put the WRONG address on the return envelopes. I was in the transition of moving and put the address I was living at, not thinking ahead! All in all.. we are going to staples or kinkos to see if they can match the envelopes.. if not I am going to reorder.
Post # 15
I am not getting married for a while but I have been doing a lot of research. The best company that I have communicated with online is http://www.darmanddesigns.com. The lady there runs the business out of her home, has great pricing and has been very willing to work with the ideas I have for an invite. I am planning on getting my invites from her.
Post # 16
I am making my own but have been coveting the Handmade By Allison invites for years, I think her new site is Allison Barnhill Designs, they are stunning!