Here are some of the most common questions and oversights I come across with my brides.
ALWAYS ORDER MORE THAN YOU THINK YOU NEED
Always. Like seriously, just do it. Even if you KNOW for a fact you only need 75 invitations because your venue only holds that many guest, order more. Why? Parents sometimes want to send a few to old friends just to announce your wedding, an invite could get lost in the mail, you accidentally forgot to invite your friend from work.... any number of reasons could mean you'll need a few extra. Not to mention, you'll definitely want to have a set for yourself as a keepsake! I suggest ordering 5-10 extra sets of invites to cover your bases. Ordering small quantities after the fact usually results in extra shipping costs, rush fees, or not getting your invites out on time. Do yourself a favor here!
REMEMBER DAY-OF PAPER GOODS
I totally get how this happens in the excitement and stress of planning, but don't forget to think about all the paper goods you'll need for the actual event! Will you have printed programs, menus at each place setting, escort cards to let guests know where to sit? While you're planning your big day, remember these small details make a HUGE difference in the entire look of the wedding. It makes your guests feel noticed and can be a great way to tie you the look of your invitations into the wedding day.
MAKE SURE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER GETS PHOTOS OF YOUR STATIONERY
Your invitation is the first thing your guest will see of your wedding, and it immediately tells them about you as a couple, and what to expect on the wedding day. You've thoughtfully picked out your invitations, why not have your photographer capture these details day-of? Make sure your photographer has an extra set of the wedding suite and paper goods (like menu, bride&groom placecards, etc.) that they can take styled detail shots of during the day. You will thank yourself later when you have photos of your wedding START to FINISH.
HAVE FUN WITH YOUR INVITES
Pinterest is a wonderful resource, but things can definitely start to look the same after a while. Don't be afraid to buck tradition and make your invitations all about YOU as a couple. In love with all things space? Can't get enough of bright colors? Want to use super dark, non-"bridal" colors? DO IT! Seriously, just have fun with your stationery! Bringing in elements of your personality as a couple will get your guests even more excited about coming to your wedding.
BUDGET ENOUGH TIME FOR DESIGN AND CALLIGRAPHY
When it comes to custom design, the earlier the better! It's never to soon to reach out to your stationer or calligrapher. Most will book up quickly in the fall and spring, and booking early means you'll avoid rush fees. Custom design takes time, everything is designed from scratch specifically for you and that means there is more time involved. Ask your stationer what their normal timeline is, and you can plan out your schedule together.
Be kind to your calligraphers, and give them plenty of notice :) Okay I may be biased on that one... but calligraphy takes time! And it can't be rushed, or the final product shows. Plan on 2-3 weeks for any calligraphy order.