Wedding Invitations: How To Order
There are so many choices for wedding invitations, but the process will take less time if you know what you want and you remain organized. Take into consideration the formality of the event, the number of guests you will have, your personal taste, whether there is some kind of theme, and if there are special colors that will be incorporated into your wedding day, if you want to use calligraphy for your envelopes, etc. Ecru or cream is the most often used wedding invitation color, but you may want to match your wedding invitation to your dress. If your event color is lavender, you can look for a wedding invitation with lavender accents, or you may use lavender ink and a matching envelope liner to incorporate your wedding day color.
Ordering your Wedding Invitations
Ordering invitations is a process. First, you must gather all of your information, and then you are ready to place your wedding invitation order. There are so many questions to answer before you can actually sit down and order your invitations. Here's a checklist of what you will want to consider before beginning the order process. This list will alleviate frustration and will get you on the right path to ordering your wedding invitations quickly.
1. What wedding invitation are you going to order and who is going to issue it (parents of bride, bridge/groom, both sets of parents, etc.)?
2. Which enclosures do you need (response card, reception card, other)?
3. What typestyle/font do you like best?
4. What printing process are you going to use?
5. How many wedding invitations do you need?
6. Do you know all your wedding day information (location, time, address etc.)?
7. What wording will you use?
8. What is your budget?
All of these questions will be asked during the ordering process and need to be answered before the order is sent in. It is best to be prepared and allow yourself time in making these decisions. Consult with your fiancÚ and your families before making your final decision. Your Invitation Warehouse representative will provide as much information as possible to help you determine what is right for your wedding invitations, so please take advantage of their knowledge.
How Many Wedding Invitations to Order
If you are able to determine the exact number of wedding invitations you will need, it is always safe to order a few extras. Since wedding invitations are usually sold in quantities of 25, you should think about ordering 225 in cases where you needed 196 wedding invitations. If you ordered 200, 4 extra might not be enough of a cushion. If any wedding invitations are sent back to you with the wrong address, if you add someone to the list at the last minute, or if some people don't receive anything and you need to resend them, you will be glad to have a few more on hand. It?s better to have too many wedding invitations than not enough.
It is also wise to order extra envelopes in case there are any mistakes made when printing or writing the names and addresses on the envelopes. If you need to order your wedding invitations before your guest list is finalized, you can estimate how many invitations to order by taking half of your total number of guests and adding 25. This will give you a ball-park number but, it is always a good idea to be more exact. Here are some guidelines: Married couples and families only need one wedding invitation. If there is a child over 18 living at home with their family, it is recommended to include their name on the outer envelope, or to send them their own wedding invitation. If you have several friends living in the same house together, it is customary to send each of them an invitation.
When and How to Order Your Wedding Invitations
The best thing you can do is to start browsing wedding invitations to get a feel for the styles that appeal to you. Once you have found some wedding invitations, start reviewing the prices to get an idea of what each wedding invitation and coordinating items cost per person. Then, multiply the cost per person number for each wedding invitation by the number of guests you will be inviting and that should give you a pretty close price range for what the total wedding invitation cost will be.
Wedding invitations should be ordered well in advance to when you want to mail them (customarily they should be mailed six weeks before the wedding). Order them with plenty of time for you to assemble and address them. Precious time can be saved if you get your mailing list in strict order. If you considering envelope calligraphy, allow an additional two weeks for machine calligraphy and four weeks for hand calligraphy.
Every bride has different priorities for their wedding. For some, the dress is the most important item while for others it may be the cake. So, when it comes to wedding invitations, planning your budget reflects its importance on your list. For the basics (wedding invitation with inner and outer envelopes, response card with envelope, and reception card), you can plan on spending anywhere between 2-5% of your total budget. But, if you believe as Invitation Warehouse, the wedding invitation sets the tone for your event, then you may want to up increase the budget for such an important item. Also, if you would like, maps, envelope lining, calligraphy for your envelopes etc. you will want to increase your budget. Many brides today are choosing to have their envelopes hand-addressed but there is a less expensive machine calligraphy alternative that is also very beautiful and offers the bride/groom many more choices for the style of print. When using calligraphy, many brides/grooms choose a style of print to match their invitation. There are other paper products to consider, such as thank you cards or informal cards, programs, place cards, etc.. But most of all make sure your wedding invitation reflects your style.
About the Author: Lois Lane, the owner of Invitation Warehouse, has been in business 10 years offering brides/grooms one of the largest selections and discounts in the industry. She offers more than 50 albums/catalogs from which to choose - all styles and price ranges. She prides herself on giving customers the best in customer service and quick turnaround. Visit www.invitationwarehouse.com