It is usually around six to nine months before the big day when you embark on ordering your wedding invitations and stationery.
So, with all our summer 2017 wedding couples in mind, we decided to get a little expert advice from stationery designer Linda Curtis Kelly of Loving Invitations.After the festive season is over, your wedding plans are probably in full swing and it may or may not be a stressful time for you and your other half.
If you are already feeling a bit overwhelmed with your guest list, don’t worry as Loving Invitations are here to help you through the minefield of wedding invitations and RSVP’s. Here are Linda’s top six mistakes to avoid when sending out those all important details…
Give Yourself Time
Start looking at stationery around nine months before your wedding date. I know it may seem like it’s too early, but trust me, its not!
Here is the method behind my madness. By giving yourself a head-start, you will allow yourself plenty of time to look at different suppliers and designs, buy samples and ensure the quality and design reflects you as a couple and your wedding day.
A lot of stationers require a couple of months notice when booking, especially if you have set your sights on beautiful and intricate hand-made invites. As for posting your invitations, I would recommend at least eight weeks beforehand.
When you receive your proof from your wedding stationer by email or by post (print out a copy if by email), ask a friend or family member to proof the invite wording with you – two heads are always better than one.
You would be surprised what you might miss when you skim over text. We have known brides to put the wrong time and date on their invitations and not realize the mistake until they were printed. This is a very costly mistake to make.
Giving Your Guests Too Much Time To Respond
We recommend giving your guests a maximum of four weeks to respond from the time of receiving the invitation. Any longer than that and your guest’s may forget!
Not Ordering Enough
We would always recommend that couples order at least 10% additional back-ups. You would be surprised how many mistakes can be made when writing your invitations.
Forgetting To Specify Exactly Who Is Invited
If children aren’t invited or singletons don’t get a plus one, you need to specify – you do not want to have those awkward conversations closer to the time of your wedding when you will be stressed over other details.
Use Your Full Names
A few of our clients have recently started to put only their first names only on their invites. Personally, I think you are taking a bit of a risk by assuming everyone knows that you are getting married and will know whom the invite is from with the lack of surnames. Don’t take the risk and ensure you put your full names on the wedding invite.
If you need someone to take away the stress of organising your wedding stationery, contact the UK’s leading wedding invitation company, Loving Invitations.