November 1, 2012 | 7 Comments
Hi, loves! Happy November! If you’ve been itching to cross one huge to-do off of your list, consider it done! Selecting your wedding invitation is a big step in the planning process, and we want you to cross it off your list with confidence. Today we’re bringing you six of the most common wedding invitation mistakes to avoid to avoid a disaster, with everything from selecting an invitation to deciding your budget – even assembly and postage. You may even save some money in the process! Read on to find out more PLUS see how you can score an exclusive limited offer for FREE, thanks to our pals at MagnetStreet. Enjoy!
Wedding Invitation Mistakes
Mistake #1: Absence of a theme.
In the words of Phyllis Lapin-Vance of The Office, “EVERY party needs a theme.” You know who cares about a theme? Guests! Give your guests something to get excited about, whether it is a traditional ballroom dinner, a cocktail soiree, or a rustic woodland wedding, complete with barn reception. In The Handcrafted Wedding, I discuss how your wedding invitation is an excellent first impression given to guests. Use your wedding invitation to your advantage by letting it showcase your selected theme, then find similar details throughout the other areas to tie it all together.
Mistake #2: Not setting a budget.
Wedding invitations are a custom product, which means if you’re hiring a stationer (or even printing your own) you can expect to pay a solid portion of your budget. We recommend turning to handmade artisans who offer plenty of fresh, stylish designs in a variety of budgets to suit your needs. (Browse our hand-picked artisans now in The Marketplace!) You can also check out a local print shop – or stationers – and get an estimate of what works with your budget. A small budget can mean a stylish invite – with a little creative cost-cutting. For example, instead of a reply card with envelope (all of which come custom printed and packaged), consider a shop that offers a postcard reply. It will cut costs a bit and save money on postage (since a postcard stamp costs less than a standard envelope).
Mistake #3: Waiting too long to place an order.
Once you’ve selected the perfect wedding invitation, put down that deposit. Work with the printer to establish a timeline that works with their schedule and yours, leaving a little leeway just in case for assembly, addressing, and delivery to the post office.
Mistake #4: Incorrect postage. (This one’s a doozy.)
Thanks to my mother’s advice (thanks, Ma!) I took one of my wedding invitations to the post office, fully assembled, to find out the amount of postage. I was informed that my envelope was slightly too bulky, even though the size was conducive to the ‘standard’ mailing size; therefore, we would need to apply additional postage to each invitation. The post office lady informed me that if I hadn’t brought in a sample, every invitation would have been marked ‘insufficient postage’ with an ugly red stamp and returned to my address days later. Every. last. one. What a nightmare! Disaster averted – hopefully you’ll heed the same amazing advice.
Mistake #5: Proofread? Oops.
Proofread. Proofread like there’s no tomorrow. Read it over in the morning, post-coffee; read it over on the train; read it over when you’re trying to fall asleep. Ask your honey to read it over. Your mother. Your best friend. Your cat. Get everyone to read it over before you send your little check mark approval to the printer. Nothing would be a bigger bummer than a misspelling, an incorrect address, wrong time, date, or names.
What to Do If It’s Too Late
Mistakes happen! If you notice an error with your invitation, assess the situation. Is it a small, almost-non-existent error, such as a misspelling? Let it go. If the mistake is essential to the event – such as the location, date, or time – you could send stylish postcard notices to fix the error. I’ve received a postcard in the past with updated information and it was no big deal. (In fact, I didn’t even realize there was a mistake in the first place.) If you have a wedding website (or Facebook), update it with the correct information. However, don’t rely on your website to share the news, as you may not reach all guests. Finally, don’t freak out: at the end of the day, the wedding will still go on!
Mistake #6: Who needs a sample, anyway?
If you walk away with one nugget of wisdom from today’s post, let it be this: always purchase a sample. Having a sample in hand can be extremely helpful when deciding between two designs, choosing a designer to suit your unique style, figuring out if the blue color you see on your screen properly matches the blue in your color palette (monitor resolutions can be tricky), and getting a feel for the quality of the invitations. A few dollars spent will be worth it in the long run, especially if you receive the invitation and decide to go with something else (which would cost more than a cup of coffee). Most designers can get a sample out to you fairly quickly, too, so your timeline will still be right on schedule.
We love a good wedding freebie! Today, we’re pleased to share an exclusive Emmaline Bride free offer, thanks to our pals (and sponsors, even though we wholeheartedly love ‘em anyway!) at MagnetStreet. They’ve recently launched a new invitation sample program called JustOne™ and they’d love for you to try it out! Digital proofs are great, but having the invitation sample in your hands is a whole different story. Now, you can try out a completely customized invitation – embellishments, text, colors, and all – for FREE! Or, try a save the date card or magnet! This is a $20 value limited to the first fifteen readers to try it out. Use code WEMMAJ1 with your order here. Hurry – the offer is limited to the first fifteen people (by November 7th).
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