If you are searching for invitations then by my calculation you should be approximately 6-9 months from your actual wedding date. I know you’ve been doing a lot of research but the time to make a final decision is steadily approaching. Invitations serve as a very important component of your wedding. the actual invitation along with the Save the Date sets the tone and gives your guests an idea of what is in store for them at the wedding.
Since this is a a very big decision – I don’t want you to get sucked into the “stationary lingo” – you know – thermography, letterpress, parchment paper. So I did all the research for you.
Here are few key things to consider when deciding on your invitations and save the date.
- Save the Dates are usually mailed 6-9 prior to your wedding date
- Invitations are usually mailed 6-9 weeks prior to your wedding date
- Always order 15-25 extra save the dates and invitations with envelopes just in case you have to add to your guest list or in the event that you make a mistake when addressing the envelopes
- Get a proof – and when you get the proof – have your mom, your dad, your cousin, your coworker look at it. Ensure you reveiw every detail of the proof to ensure that no errors are missed
Here are all the possible components of your invitation. You don’t have to get all of these – but these are the items that usually offered in the invitation suite:
- Save the date card and envelope
- Envelope Liner
- Reception Card
- Response Card
- Accomodations Card
- RSVP Card
- Thank You Card
- Pew Card
- Ecort Card
- Table Card
These are some key terms that you should know:
- Letterpress: The printing process in which ink is applied to the top surface of a raised image area, which is then pressed against paper to transfer the image. Usually more expensive
- Parment Paper: Somewhat translucent and mottled to mimic the appearance of ancient, historical documents made out of animal skin. Great when used for calligraphy
- Thermography: Uses hear to fuse ink and resinous powder, producing raised lettering. Looks like engraved printing but is less expensive.
- Jacquard: Screen-printed paper that creates an illusion of layering; for example, paper that looks like it’s overlaid with a swatch of lace