The wedding invite is the first formal communication that will go out to all your guests announcing your big day; therefore it has to be perfect as it will set the tone for the wedding and will also give a sneak peek of what to expect to your guests. Here are some things to keep in mind while finalizing your wedding invite.
- Printed wedding invitations can be expensive depending on the design you choose hence it is important to have a final guest list in place. If you have an elaborate boxed invite, it is always good to have a simple modified version for out of town guests. This will save you the cost of shipping a boxed invite. Also you need to keep in mind that edible or perishable gift such as chocolates, sweets etc sometimes cannot be shipped.
- Always work backwards when planning the production calendar for your wedding invites. First decide when you want to start giving out your invites and then consider the lead time for printing and delivery. Remember to keep enough buffer time as it is always helpful.
- Ask your printer for a sample. This is very important as it will help you judge the quality of the paper and the overall invite. Also sometimes there can be a gap between visualization and production; a sample will help fill the gaps.
- Order couple of extra invites in case you have any last minute additions to the guest list or to cover up printing errors.
- Labels are important; decide whether you want to go with customized labels. Most often than not these are left till the last minute and then rushed through. To iron out the process, keep all the guest names and addresses on an excel sheet as it will be helpful to track.
- Proof reading is very important while giving approval for final printing. Check for spellings, grammatical errors and important information such as location, time, dress code etc.
- If you have asked guests to RSVP, make sure you have provided necessary details such as address, telephone number etc.
- Lastly, make sure the final quotation includes all printables such as invite, inserts, box/ bag if any, plastic sleeve if required, delivery charges etc and keep all communication in writing or email to avoid surprises later.