10 questions to ask about stationery
1 “Should I send ‘save the date’ cards?”
It’s worth sending these to guests,particularly if your wedding falls during a holiday season.
2 “How far in advance do I need to order my stationery?”
Three months before you want to send out your invites is about average, but
always check with your stationery supplier – they might need longer if it’s a bespoke design.
3 “How many invitations should I order?”
Obviously, you need an invite for each guest or couple, but don’t forget
to order some extra ones in case of mistakes or extra guests.
4 “What wording should I choose?”
Informal invitations don’t include the names of your guests while a
formal style has a space for you to write your guests’ names. It also depends who is hosting the wedding, whether it is the bride’s parents or the bride and groom.
5 “Will I see a proof of my invitations?”
Most printers will provide you with a proof so that you can check your
wording carefully before your invitations are printed. When you get your proof, make sure you check it thoroughly – if you approve it and there are
still mistakes that you discover later, your supplier is unlikely to make changes for free.
6 “When should I send out my invitations?”
Six weeks in advance is usually fine, but lots of couples prefer to send invites far earlier. Make sure guests RSVP at least two weeks before the day so you can confirm numbers and finalise your table plans.
7 “Exactly what do I need to order?”
You can order everything from invites to place numbers to name cards, but don’t feel you have to if your budget doesn’t allow for it. You could just order invites and then make your orders of service and place cards – your supplier shouldn’t have any objections to you doing this.
8 “Should I include RSVP cards with my invites?”
You could ask guests to RSVP online or by phone, but sending a card makes it more likely people will reply promptly.
9 “Can I include extra details on my invitations?”
You can, but it’s a good idea to print your directions, hotel details or gift list separately. This will improve the look of your invitations and is easier to alter.
10 “Can I design my own stationery?”
You could design your own invites and have them printed, or work with a stationery designer to come up with a bespoke design. Most designers will charge extra for this, but it’s a great way to get a completely unique look.
Find out more about Bride and Groom stationery at brideandgroomdirect.com.