Brides: are you ordering wedding invitations soon? Don’t order before you read this post. Find out seven important tips about ordering wedding invitations from when to order, why a proof is necessary, and more. Plus, enter for a chance to win FREE table numbers by I Do Bliss to coordinate with your decor. It’s all inside…
Ordering Wedding Invitations
1. Order invitations early.
It’s never too early to order wedding invitations. Once you have the details finalized, you’re ready to order. It’s always better to order invitations too early than too late. As a guideline, you’ll want to send wedding invitations 6-8 weeks before your wedding. Allow an additional three weeks time for shipping, preparing invitations, addressing, and affixing postage.
2. Find out how long the printer has been in business.
Check into the printer’s background. Are they new to the business? A new printer isn’t necessarily reason to turn the other way (everyone starts somewhere!) but you may want to ask for references first. If the printer has been in business for awhile, check his or her feedback and read what their past clients have to say.
3. Order coordinating pieces with your wedding invitations to save time (and money).
It’s easy to get a cohesive, coordinated look with matching wedding stationery. Order everything at once, if possible, to save time and shipping. Plus, some printers offer a discount for multiple pieces are once. A few coordinating items to consider include table numbers, save the date cards, menus, place cards, escort cards, or programs.
4. Find out if a deposit is required (and when it is due).
How much is the deposit? What are payment options? Make sure your deposit is ready to be paid immediately so the printer can get to work on your order.
5. Find out when full payment is due.
When is the final payment due? Does that work with your budget? Make sure you can pay the full remaining balance when it’s due so your invitations can be shipped on time.
6. How many revisions are included?
When will you receive the proof? All reputable printers will provide you with a proof before printing your invitations. A proof will show you exactly what the invitation will look like before it is printed. This gives you an opportunity to fix any spelling errors, make any corrections, and read (and re-read) to ensure your wording is correct. Be careful here: printers will print exactly what is shown on the proof, so make sure it’s perfect before you give the final ‘okay’. If they don’t offer a proof, move on.
7. Find out when your invitations will be delivered to you.
It’s important to find out when you’ll have them in hand to allow enough time to address them and add postage. Also, find out if the printer will provide a tracking number so you can confirm when your package has shipped.
WIN FREE Table Numbers!
As we mentioned in #3, look for coordinating pieces when ordering wedding invitations. We’ve teamed up with the lovely Laura of I Do Bliss to offer one lucky reader ten free table numbers. These metallic turquoise and black satin table numbers will complement your table setting and add a gorgeous touch to your reception. Winner will receive ten table numbers, which are each a 5.5 x 8 flat double matted card. Each table number is printed on a premium white or linen white cardstock. Card is matted with a beautiful metallic turquoise dragonfly cardstock and accented with a black satin off-centered knot. Paper and ribbon color may be customized with any color currently in her stock free of charge; or color matched to your wedding colors for as an upgrade (charged applied). Additional table numbers can be added for an additional fee as well. Includes shipping to the US only. Entry dates 8.2-8.8.13 (11:59pm EST). Use entry form below to enter.