#1 Hire A Custom Invitation Designer
Many people don’t know that they can have their invitations designed just for them. Choose a Couture Invitation Designer to get invitations that are unique to your individual style and the style of your event. The process is a lot of fun!
#2 Choose a Realistic Budget
You can expect to spend about 3% of your total wedding budget on invitations. Choose a vendor who is conscious of your budget and will design around it. Ask your invitation designer to help you establish a realistic budget that’s based on your needs.
#3 Start Early
Find your venue and then your invitation vendor. When your invitations are designed uniquely for you that design can influence the look of your entire wedding. You’ll want to carry over the style of your invitation to other paper items that you’ll be using the day of the event. These items include favor tags, programs, menus, place cards and the seating chart. Plan to work with your stationary vendor for about a year, beginning with Save The Dates.
#4 Avoid Being Too “Matchy Matchy”
This isn’t the prom folks! Choose a color palette or use shades of 2 colors for a more elegant, less redundant look. Try using metallic colors. The use of bold colors is hot right now! Or, for a vintage look, combine shades of pink, cream and tea stains. Don’t be afraid to express yourself with the colors that you love!
#5 Be Careful About Ordering Online
When you order invitations online you’ll want to consider the following:
A. There’s no one on the other side making sure that you remembered everything that needs to be included in your invitation package (map, website, directions, etc.). You won’t be getting a call if you misspelled something or left something out.
B. When you’re looking at cost, online generic invitation vendors only show you the charge for the invitation. As you get further into the order, you’ll see that there are additional charges for the reply card, other inserts, color printing, etc.
C. The quality of the paper and printing may not be what you expected. The way the invitation feels in hand is so important! If you can, choose a custom stationary vendor who will let you see a proof before printing your invitation package.