Fundamental Guide to Picking Wedding Invitations

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Wedding invitations now days are not just pieces of paper that tell your guest where and when your wedding is. They are also the first look at the feel of your wedding.  Will it be a back yard BBQ, a fancy black tie wedding, or a modern affair?

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When I was planning my own wedding, I found choosing wedding invitations was one of my hardest tasks. There are so many different options out there that it became super overwhelming. But don’t worry, here are my fundamentals for finding the perfect wedding invitations.

Fundamentals of Picking Wedding Invitations

1. Set a Budget

The first thing you should do in general when planning your wedding is set a budget. In order to avoid disappointment or overspending, before you go looking set the maximum you can spend on wedding stationery products. Remember, you will need items like save the dates, invitations, ceremony programs, and thank you cards.  Use this budget as a guide as you look through your options for designing and printing invitations. Don’t forget to budget for stamps- the U.S. Postal service sends nothing for free. The heavier and larger your invitations are, the more they will cost to mail.

2. Choose an Invitation Design Style

The big question of picking wedding invitations is: “What do I want my wedding invitations to look like?”  You want your invitations to be a sneak peak of what the rest of your wedding will look like.  Set a clear direction by picking a wedding invitation style that matches your wedding theme or design aesthetic and STICK TO IT!   This will help you to narrow down what you are looking for and keep you on track.  If you are having an art deco themed wedding stop looking at floral invitations they don’t match your theme.

In order to do this, you first have to know what your wedding style will be. This is where I struggled. I started looking so early in our planning process that I had no clear vision of what my wedding day decor would be. As I got closer to the day I knew that I wanted purple floral invitations and that is all I looked for.

3. Explore Design and Printing Options

Now we get down to the actual work of picking wedding invitations. With your wedding style in mind and your budget in hand, it is time to start exploring your options. There are 3 options for wedding invitations:

1.Custom Designed at a Stationary Store

Pros: You will get unique designs specific to your wedding style and they can offer additional time-saving services like enveloping stuffing and addressing.

Cons: Stationary stores are usually more expensive and the design process can take longer. When you have your initial meeting make sure to let them know your budget and when you need the invitations by.prints-22-lets-get-festive

2.Buying Online Using Pre-Made Designs

Pros: These can be quick and easy. Websites like Wedding Paper Divas have tons of designs to choose from and additional options for some customizations.

Cons: Since they are prefabricated designs, they are not unique to you. You must also proof read them yourself. Make sure to have two sets of eyes look at them before purchasing.

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3.DIY Invitations

Pros: DIY can be more cost effective since you do not have to pay others to do them for you.

Cons: DIY projects always mean using more of your time and invitations can be tedious work especially if you are having a large wedding.

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4. Timing

When planning your schedule for buying invitations you should typically send out wedding invitations 6 to 8 weeks before you need to give a final head count to your caterer.  Leave yourself about 2 weeks to assemble, stuff, and address your invitations. Therefore, you should plan to have your invitations completed and in hand  8-10 weeks before when you need to have a final head count. 

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Remember, take your time and make sure to find the exact invitation that fits your wedding style and doesn’t break the bank. Happy Hunting!

3 thoughts on “Fundamental Guide to Picking Wedding Invitations

  1. Taylor Bishop says:

    I’m glad that you mentioned to pick an invitation style that matches your theme/aesthetic and stick with it. Sometimes, narrowing down your options instead of keeping a broad perspective will save a lot of time. Not only that, but you’ll have a better idea of what to look for.

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