Four Things You Should Know When Planning Your Wedding Invitations
Every year, some 2.3 million American couples plan their wedding, sending 400 million invitations to an average of 178 guests per wedding.
That’s a lot of cake!
With the most popular wedding months just around the corner, it’s not too early to think about your invitation – the first glimpse family and friends will receive of your wedding.
“The invitation is one of the most important features of a wedding because it sets the tone for the occasion, alerts guests to critical details and allows the couple to express their individuality,” says Christy Johnson, manager of Hilburn Printing in Shreveport-Bossier.
“These days, brides don’t want a cookie cutter wedding,” Christy continues. “They want their wedding to be a reflection of who they are as individuals; so brides personalize their invitations to that end.”
“We have brides who bring us Etsy files and ciphers (custom monograms), as well as those who ask us to design their invitations. Either way, we enjoy working with them to make their invitations special.”
The most important thing to remember when planning wedding invitations is to plan ahead – way ahead.
“The best way to get the invitation of your dreams is to plan far enough in advance that you have plenty of time for design drafts, print proofs, printing, assembling, addressing and mailing,” says Christy. “This is not something you want to rush.”
Here are four more things to consider when planning for your invitations:
- Work backwards from the wedding date to ensure your printed materials will be ready when you need them. ‘Save The Date’ cards should be mailed 6-9 months ahead of your wedding and invitations should be dropped 6-9 weeks prior to the wedding. That means you should start consulting with a designer 7-10 months out from the wedding date.
- Insist on seeing a proof of your invitation. Mistakes happen, so ask two or three friends to proof the invitation before you approve it. You don’t want to misspell your future mother-in-law’s name!
- Order 20-30 extra save-the-dates and invitations with envelopes, just in case you decide to add to the guest list or you make mistakes when addressing envelopes.
- Choose a stationer or graphic designer for all of your printed wedding materials and stick with them. You want your designs to be consistent from beginning to end.
Hilburn Printing of Shreveport-Bossier stands ready to meet with you to discuss your wedding printing needs. Just give Christy a call and she’ll make an appointment with you to begin the process of designing your dream wedding invitation.