So, you’re engaged?! Congratulations! You’ve set a date, compiled your guest list, nailed down a venue. Good work! Now it is time for invitation shopping. This should be fun and easy … right? Well … not always. It can be overwhelming to a lot of brides. And, one of the most overwhelming parts of the process can be figuring out exactly what pieces you need for your event. The options are endless, but unfortunately, most of our budgets are not. That is why it is important to consider the entire stationery package for the wedding all at once.
Here are some helpful steps to figuring it out:
1. Get familiar with paper and printing.
Budgets are an important part of the wedding planning process. Before you nail down your final budget, take a little time to see what you like. Is the type of printing important to you? The thickness of the paper? The embellishments? How much do they cost? Reevaluate, if necessary. Ask for samples. Your wedding invitation sets the tone for your event. (This is why it is great to work with a consultant – someone who has a range of products and styles to offer, as well as an expertise in the business. But, if you’re already here, then you probably know that! wink. wink.)
2. Pick your palette.
Personally, I like the depth of incorporating more than a single color into an ensemble, but there are a couple ways of going about it. Doing a 2-color piece is an obvious option, but if that isn’t an option and you have multiple pieces in your ensemble, you can incorporate a second color in envelope liners, edge painting, or simply using one color on one piece and another of the coordinating pieces.
3. Figure out the necessary elements.
Take a minute before rushing to send out a save the date, to consider whether you want your save the date to coordinate with your invitation. Also consider, is it necessary to send one? Are you on a budget? As a consultant, it makes me sad when I work with a bride who has spent too much on her save the date and can no longer get the invitation of her dreams. I cannot stress it enough … it is essential to plan it out in advance. There are many money saving methods that can be taken, if you’ve planned appropriately. I would rather have my brides get to have that star piece then to have lots of pieces in her ensemble. But, that’s me. Quality is a priority around here.
The star of the show.
PRINTED OUTER ENVELOPE
The return address on the flap of the envelope (in case it needs to be returned to you).
SAVE THE DATE
Popular, but not necessary for all events (in my opinion). It is a good idea to send one of some sort if you have a lot of out of town guests and/or if your event will be during a particularly busy season.
Available as a response set (card + envelope) or a postcard. Keep in mind that not all companies offer both as options, so you might have to be flexible.
If you have specifics to get across pertinent to the reception, this piece might be necessary. In most cases, we can accommodate this information on the main invite.
Please, don’t forget to thank your guests for sharing your wedding day with you (and of course, for any gift they may have also sent). I also love formal wedding stationery because I think it is a nice way to subtly announce to your guests whether you’ve changed your name!
I am big fan of a small info card t0 relay a wedding website address. I could (and probably will at some point) write a whole blog entry about this, but there are many wonderful free wedding websites available. They are great planning tools and also very helpful in giving your guests all the information they may want or need and helps keep your printing budget in check!
OTHER EVENT ACTIVITIES
Rehearsal dinner, brunch, welcome drinks … these can all be part of the whole look! So, think it all through … or, ask for our help!
DAY OF THE THE EVENT
Programs, Coasters, Napkins, Place cards, Menu cards, Welcome bag stickers (and anything else you can think of), are all also available.
4. Drop us a line.
We will help you bridge your budget, your palette, and your print needs … and keep you on the happy track.