We know that it is not always easy to choose the perfect wedding invitation. So if you are just getting started, let VG Invites offer up some top wedding invitation tips.
Define Your Style-Theme, Design, & Color: Your wedding invitation is your guests' first peek into your wedding theme. The style, theme and design hints to the formality of your wedding. Before ordering your invitations you should have an idea of your wedding theme and color pallet. This will make it easier when shopping for stationery. Brows wedding invitations online and gather inspiration. Pinterest is a great way to group ideas onto boards. Set up a Pinterest account for your wedding and start pinning.
Start Early: Start early with your save-the-dates. They should go out 6-8 months prior to your wedding. Be sure to take into consideration the production time associated with your save-the-dates. The advice that I like to give my clients is start looking for stationers 9 to 10 months before your wedding date. Your invitations should be ordered 4 to 5 months out so that they are ready to mail with in 1 and a half to two months prior to your wedding...and even earlier for destination and holiday weddings.
Vendors: Shopping for invitations online can save you lots of time. Be certain to choose a reputable vendor who has positive online reviews. When shopping for invitations on line reviews will give you a good indication of your vendors reputation. Past brides often offer the most reliable feedback.
Price: Invitations can get pretty pricey. In addition, it can be confusing to compare prices with so many options in paper, design, and printing. The first thing you need to do is consider your budget. Once you have an idea of how much you can spend, you can begin to choose an option that best suites your needs. Below is a breakdown of printing costs per 100 wedding invitation sets for various types of printing. Keep in mind that couture design is not included in printing. Most couture designs start at around $750 depending on the time involved. If you are a budget conscious bride, it is cost effective to order pre-made designs.
Digital Printing - Between $500 - $1000
Offset Printing and Thermography - Starts at $1000
Letterpress - Starts at $1600
Engraving - Starts at $2000
Some vendors, such as VG Invites, offers the digital file of your invitation so that you can have it printed yourself (or even print it from home on a quality card stock) If you choose this option, be certain that you are receiving quality files from your vendor. If the resolution is too low, or the files are in RGB, your invitations won't print very well. Only purchase printable files from reputable vendors. Otherwise you could be throwing your money away.
Double Check Your Proof: You will receive a proof of your wedding invitation before it is printed. I like to ask my clients to double check their proofs and sign off on them before I send them out to print. Some very important details to pay close attention to is the venue, date, and time. Be certain that the names are spelled correctly. Then proof for grammar. Have someone with a fresh pair of eyes look over your proof. You would be surprised at the things you may miss.
Order Extra: Order an extra 25 invitations in case you need to resend an or want to put some aside as a keepsake. Your moms will want at least a few. If hiring a calligrapher to address your invites, they generally require an extra 15 to 20 percent more.
Remember The Rest of Your Suite: Consider ordering matching menu cards, programs, favor tags and thank-you-cards with your invitations. It is a good way to ensure that all of your wedding papers have a cohesive look.
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Victoria is a professional wedding invitation designer in Southern Florida near West Palm Beach. She designs wedding invitations for brides all over the world. To learn more about her business and how she can help you visit www.VGInvites.com.