Stress-free Stationery

Hi, friends! The last couple of weeks have been crazy--you know, just a crazy Texas snow/ice storm! I'm back with a few tips for your wedding stationery!

It's easy to get overwhelmed with all of the information out there about wedding stationery. In this post, I will break down my top 5 tips for dealing with wedding stationery so you can tackle your invitations like a pro.

1. Timing is everything

The best time to mail your invitations is 6-8 weeks before your wedding date. If you’re planning a destination wedding, have many out-of-town guests, or your wedding is on a holiday weekend, mail 8-12 weeks before the big day.

Send too early and you risk guests forgetting to RSVP, or not knowing their availability that far in advance. Mail too late and guests won’t have enough notice to make travel arrangements.

Bonus tip: If you really want to give your guests a heads up, opt for save-the-date cards!

2. Know your numbers

When it comes to weddings, knowing your numbers is key to staying stress-free and on budget. Many wedding-related costs are based on your guest count, and invitations are no different. Not sure how many invitations you need? Your invitation count will NOT be the same as your guest count. Remember, you’ll send one invitation per couple or household, not one per person.

3. Stationery 101

Now that you know when, and how many, it’s time to figure out “what”- that is, what pieces do you need. The invitation and the reply card are the essential pieces to an invitation suite, but that’s just the beginning. Don't worry, if you have questions-- I'm your girl to ask! (One perk of working with an actual person rather than an online templated service.)

4. Make a great first impression

Your invitations set the stage for your entire wedding day, and the envelope is the opening act. Pay a little extra attention to your envelopes, and your guests will be anticipating something exceptional before they’ve even seen the invitation. Envelope liners, hand calligraphy, and wax seals are just a few ways you can dress up your envelope.

5. Whose wedding is it, anyway?

It would be a shame to send out invitations that were missing a critical piece of information – like the bride’s name, or the ceremony location. Make sure you cover all the important details (and proper wedding etiquette). Ask your stationery designer for help if you aren't sure how to word certain situations.

Hopefully, these tips will take some of the stress out of your wedding stationery planning! See you next week for our next #TipTuesday.

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