The average engaged couple spends an entire year planning for their wedding day and there is a certain look and feel that each couple wants for their affair.
During the process, wedding colors and a theme gets chosen. Then, eventually the venue will be decided. One important element that should not be left for the last minute is your wedding invitations as they play a very important role. Save-the-dates only tell half of the story because until you send out your wedding invitations, most of your guests don’t know when and where your ceremony or reception will take place. Therefore, they are a really big deal.
Keep in mind when looking for your invitations that they do more than tell your guests the times and locations, they also let guests know the kind of wedding to expect. So, if you are planning a fun Peacock Themed Wedding, choose an invitation that features a peacock’s colors or perhaps even the imprint of a peacock feather.
Once you’ve found the invitation that matches the atmosphere you want for your special day, ordering them on time is just as important. Try to place your order at least 8-12 weeks before your wedding day as it will give you at least two weeks to check your proofs for mistakes before they are printed. Reading through the proofs is very important. You want to be sure that the names; the date; the time of both ceremony and reception; the location of the ceremony as well as the reception; directions and all the other wedding details are printed correctly. Also, you must have a response card, with the date, that gives you enough time to come up with a total head count for your affair. You should allow for a three to four (3-4) week response time for your guests to reply back; for example, if your wedding day is Saturday, July 22nd the response date to be printed on the card would be June 22nd. Even if it looks good to you, have at least one of your friends read it through just in case you might have missed something.
Once your invitations are printed, they should be in the mail no later than four (4) weeks before your special day, however, if you are planning a destination wedding, sending your invitations out at least eight (8) weeks before the wedding day is recommended to give guests time to make necessary arrangements before they travel. One last tip is to make sure you have the post office hand-cancel your outer envelopes. This way your wedding invitations don’t get ruined by going through the machine.
By Beth Fruchtman owner of Forever Friends – Fine Stationery and Favors.
About Beth in her own words: I’ve been a creative person ever since I was a little girl. I loved drawing and painting! I wanted to find a way to bring my creative flare, combined with my advertising degree, to the business world.
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