Here at Little Ivory Weddings, we get so many different types of orders for wedding stationery. From small, simple orders to large all-inclusive custom stationery packages, there are so many options and things to thing about when choosing your wedding stationery! So we thought we would give you a helping hand with some top tips for when you’re looking into ordering wedding invitations.
Things to think about when ordering your wedding stationery:
START PLANNING YOUR WEDDING STATIONERY WELL IN ADVANCE
Make sure to start early when thinking about your wedding stationery. It’s one thing to keep in mind the time frame for posting your invitations out, but you need to allow time to create and get your invitations ordered and delivered to you! Below, we outline a guideline for the time you should allow for sending out your invitations. So you should allow yourself a further 6-8 weeks to plan your invitations. This gives you time to think about the design, plan your guest list, order your invites, delivery, then assembling and sending them out in the post.
Our made-to-order designs are he quickest way to order with Little Ivory. Pick your chosen design, and from there we will have a first draft within a couple of days. Our printing and finished takes 3-4 working days and the same time for standard delivery, so bear this in mind when ordering!
For our custom design, this process takes a little longer. We would allow a guideline of 2-3 weeks from idea to design completion for our bespoke stationery.
For further information on our custom design process, check our FAQ page here!
DON’T OVER ORDER THE AMOUNT OF WEDDING STATIONERY
This is a common head-scratcher among a lot of couples. You might think, “I have 75 guests invited to my wedding, that means I need 75 invitations” – but you have to take a minute to think about who you’re inviting. There are commonly a lot of invitations sent to a whole household, or to couples. So therefore, you only need to order as many wedding invitations to cover each posting.
Our top tip is to create a simple spreadsheet. Each line dedicated to each individual or set of guests that you’re planning to invite. Then, you will be able to see how many invitations you need to order to cover that number. Usually you might need to order only 60-70% of invitations to cover your guest numbers.
ALLOW YOURSELF ENOUGH TIME TO SEND OUT YOUR WEDDING INVITATIONS
As a standard guideline, we would recommend 6-8 weeks before your wedding to send out your invitations. This allows a good bracket of time to allow your guests to RSVP and plan ahead.
If you have opted to send out a Save the Date Card – you could send your invitations out a little closer to the date if needs be. Your guests will already have been warned and set to plan ahead for your wedding date. All that’s left is to confirm your date, reminding them of the big day and allow them to officially RSVP.
If you are having a destination wedding abroad, then you should factor in a little more time to send out your wedding invites. Maybe add another 3-4 weeks = 3 months ahead of your date to send them out. A lot of people require prior notice to take time off work, arrange babysitters etc in order to travel across the waters.
DON’T FORGET ALL OF YOUR OTHER WEDDING STATIONERY ELEMENTS
A lot of the time, couples can forget about all the little extra items you need to make your big day special. You can easily get carried away planning you wedding stationery and leave out elements such as menus, table plans, order of service cards etc. Give some thought to ordering an all round complete set of stationery so that all of the elements are cohesive and matching and add that special something for all of your guests.
HAVE FUN WITH THE WORDING ON YOUR WEDDING STATIONERY
Here at Little Ivory, we love helping couples to create their ideal wedding invitations, right down to every last detail. If you are in a position to play around with the wording on your invite, have fun with it! Browse through some of our ready-made designs for some inspiration – but also have a think yourself on unique ways to make your invite stand out. This is a great way of making your invitations personal to you.
GIVE YOUR GUESTS ENOUGH TIME TO RSVP
Make sure to allow a good amount of time for your guests to respond for your invitation. Keep in mind that you should have the RSVP date set to approximately 4 weeks before your wedding, this allows enough time to get your numbers organised for your venue etc. This also allows extra time for late responses – which is always inevitable! You should check with your venue and caterers in case they need more time (cover all bases, so you don’t miss anything!).