How to Order Wedding Invitations
Here's the fine print on ordering your wedding invitations
By Kimberly Ripley
Ordering wedding invitations is a sure sign that the big day is drawing near. The excitement of months of planning is finally about to become a reality. There are two main options when ordering invitations. They may be ordered in a print shop, or they may be ordered online. Both options can result in elegant invitations within a few different budgets. Order invitations early enough to have them available to mail between four and six weeks prior to the actual wedding date.
- What You Need to Know
- Decide upfront what information you would like to include in your invitation. Many invitations include more than the basic wedding details.
- Be sure to have an accurate guest list on hand.
Compile your final guest list and count the number of invitations you will need. Plan on ordering 10 to 20 extra invites for those people who escaped your mind while making the guest list.
Decide on the exact wording for your invitations. For example, will the bride's parents be issuing the invite, as in, "Mr. and Mrs. Robert Brown invite you to the marriage of ...", or will the bride and groom be issuing the invitation themselves? ("Cynthia Ann Brown and Liam Jeffrey Warren invite you to celebrate their marriage.") Double check for accuracy the addresses, date and times of both the ceremony and reception, as well as the correct spelling of both places.
Visit a print shop or an online vendor selling invitations. Order reception cards, response cards and all necessary envelopes. Some couples like to include other information as part of their invitation as well, such as a small map that shows how to get to the venue.
Consider the color, design and heaviness of the paper you select. These choices will convey to your guests the type of wedding they'll be attending, from ultra-formal to laid-back to fun and festive.
Choose the font for your wedding invitations. Most print shops will offer either printing or embossing services for your invitations. Embossing will result in raised letters on your invitations, providing a bit more elegant appearance. Some online retailers offer embossing, but some merely offer printing. There will be a significant difference in the cost.
Proofread the invitation, then order the number of invitations you wish to purchase. Determine the arrival date of your invitations before the order is finalized. Ask about satisfaction guarantees.
About the Author
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and contributor to DexKnows.
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