5 Ways to Have Perfect Wedding Invitations

What better way to ignite your engagement and prepare you for tying the knot than creating unique, stylish wedding invitations? Set the tone for your big day with these five tips that will help to ensure your invites are as perfect as possible.

Send Invitations Early

It’s always courteous to give your guests plenty of notice, but timing is also important. You want give guests the appropriate time to schedule accordingly, budget for travel, etc. Consider the following timeline:

  • While save-the-dates should be sent three to four months prior to the wedding, consider sending them even sooner if many guests require travel preparation time.
  • Invitations should be sent six to eight weeks before the wedding, with an RSVP request two- to three-months prior to the big day.

It’s also a good idea to make mention of invitations or details on your save-the-date. Think about writing something like “Details/Invitation to follow” on the back or in the corner of your save-the-date.

Use Pleasant Envelopes

Break the mold of plain white envelopes by using light, pleasant colors like pink, green, blue, cream, etc. Avoid any envelope that has a design, shimmer, or reflective feature, as these tend to blend with bar codes, addresses an more. Soft colored envelopes allow for clean, legible writing and clear postal service stamps, so that your invitations make it to your guests as fast as possible. 

Research Prices Beforehand

How much money do you want to spend on wedding invitations? What types of invitations would your budget allow? How do you know you’re getting the best deal?

By researching these and similar questions, you can find the perfect invitation supplier for you. You can rest assured you’re getting the best invitation at the best price. When designing your invitation, consider what types of features add to your cost:

  • Design
  • Ink
  • Typeface
  • Printing Process
  • Paper quality
  • Paper type
  • Quantity
  • Color ink
  • Letterpress
  • Engraving
  • Custom design
  • Envelope liners
  • Inside enclosures

Because of the depth of invitation design options, prices per envelope can vary from anywhere between $1 and $100. Most invitation designs are accounted for in your stationery budget, but it’s wise to consider several different costs to ensure you’re getting what you want, for what you can afford.

Check for Errors Before Sending

Check, recheck and triple the proof before sending the invitations to print. If you have a stationer, you’ll likely receive a proof before hand – consider asking a friend, colleague, or significant other to look over the copy, too, so that there are absolutely no errors or discrepancies. Make sure all dates are correct, names are properly spelled and addresses are valid.

Be Creative and Catchy

Stand out by adding creative touches and a catchy appearance to your design. Consider these tricks:

  • Photo magnate: dress up and have a mini photo shoot with your significant other. Include the proper details and have the invitations printed on magnate strips.
  • Mad-lib: On the back of your invitation, create a unique mad-lib for your guests to fill out and bring to the wedding. You’ll get a kick out of reading your friend’s and family’s responses, and you’ll have a personalized keepsake for the future.
  • Sweet-teeth: Include a little treat in your invitations like honey sticks or some other slim candy that can fit into an envelope. Tea bags, thin chocolates, and even other gifts that stimulate the senses like potpourri are all clever ideas. Make the gesture even more thoughtful by including a witty line about the treat.