I think it's a safe assumption to say that you've never ordered wedding stationery, and I'm sure it can feel a bit overwhelming. Most people that come to me need a little help with the basics, so I've put together 7 quick tips when ordering your invitations. Things like when to send them, what to include, how much they will cost and what letterpress printing really is.
I'm always here to help you if you need it. Let me know if you have any more questions. firstname.lastname@example.org
HOW MANY // How many invitations do you need? Consider your guest list – Remember not every guest needs an invitation, only every household. Proper etiquette also says that any adult (even if they live at home with their parents) still need an invitation of their own. Roughly estimated, that number tends to be about 70% of your final count. That usually accounts of any last minute extras that come up.
TIMELINE // When to send out your wedding invitations — You should consider sending your save-the-dates about 8 months to 1 year ahead of your wedding day. Wedding Invitations should go out 2-3 months before the wedding. If you've sent out save-the-dates, 2 months beforehand is the standard time to send them out.
PRINT METHODS // What is letterpress, foil and digital printing? – Three methods of printing your invitations and they highly affect the price you will be paying.
Digital Printing is pretty close to what you will get from your home printer, except using a professional printer. The outcome is smooth to the touch and doesn't leave any impression the sheet of paper. This is the most inexpensive option, it's generally the quickest and isn't affected by the number of colours used.
Letterpress Printing offers a luxurious deep impression in a sheet of paper, generally cotton paper so it's very soft and pillowy. All letterpress printing is done on an antique printing press (ours is from 1936), and each invitations goes through the press one at a time, one colour at a time. The price is greatly affected by the number of colours. The outcome is out-of-this-world beautiful!
Hot Foil Stamping is also very luxurious and has a slight impression in the paper with a very shiny finish. So if you want a metallic look or rose gold or copper, this is the way to go. It is also by far the most premium option.
COST // Budget realistically – How much do invitations cost? Often times wedding invitations are made and assembled by hand. Each one is carefully put together and with that extra care comes a bit of a cost. Paying a bit extra to have a professional assemble your invitations might be something that is a must for you... or if you're crafty you may opt to do it yourself. I've already mentioned that digital is your least expensive option, with letterpress being in the middle, and hot foil as the most premium.
Things that may be must-haves could add to your cost (so budget accordingly) are things like; wax seals, envelope liners, envelope addressing, custom calligraphy, assembly costs.
To give you an estimate;
Digital Printed invitations are by far the least expensive printed invitation you can get. Generally speaking, the price is about $600 for 100 invitations with rsvp cards.
Letterpress invitations with rsvp cards tends to be about $1200 for 100.
Entirely Foil invitations with rsvp are around $2000 for 100.
Of course, all these prices can change depending on the add-ons or custom tailored items. Send me an email (email@example.com) or fill out this questionnaire to get a quote.
WHAT'S IN THE ENVELOPE? // What to include in your invitation suite – After looking through your inspirations of invitations, you may find that you need more or less cards in your invitation suite. At the very least you need to include your invitation and give your guests a way to rsvp. This can be through a separate card that your guests mail back (with postage that your provide for them). If you're on a tighter budget you may opt for including a website where to rsvp online. This again can be done either on the invitation itself OR a separate url card (which is generally much smaller than an rsvp card).
Things to ask yourself when deciding what goes in your invitations –
Do my guests know where to book their hotels?
Do they need directions and/or a map?
Do I need them to go to a website to find out more information?
Is there any other before or after wedding events that I need include information about?
WORDING YOUR INVITATIONS? // What to say on your wedding invitations and how to write it – When wording your wedding invitations you can follow this basic rule of thumb and then adapt based on your specific scenario. The basics include:
• Proper Names of those hosting the wedding (ie. your parents or just exclude if you are hosting yourselves)
• Request Line (ie. Request the honour of your presence, or please join us...)
• Your names
• Date & time of your Wedding
• Name and Location of your Wedding
• Reception line and details (ex. reception to follow or cocktails and dinner to follow)
Those are the basic necessities for your invitations, although there are some etiquette guidelines you’ll want to consider. I've put together a free guide to wording your invitations that you can download by clicking here.
POSTAGE // Weight and size matter in how much it will cost to send – One last thing before I finish here in this little guide; make sure you consider the cost of actually mailing out your invitations and including postage for your guests to reply if you choose to send out rsvp cards.
Regular Domestic Postage is $1 each ($0.85, if you order a roll) for all envelopes under 30g.
Over weight Domestic Postage is $1.20 each for envelopes 30g – 50g.
Things that can make the weight to over are using a double thick paper for your entire suite. Using heavy ribbon, double envelopes or wax seals. It's a good idea to weigh the suite or ask us what the weight will be.
I hope this little guide was helpful. Share it with your friends to make their lives a little easier.
And if you ever have any questions I'm here to help. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org