Many clients come to meet me with an array of questions at hand. I thought it might be helpful to post a Q & A with some of the most common questions asked. I hope this will be insightful and perhaps help you gather the necessary information needed to order and mail your invitations.

How far in advance should I order my invitations?

It is recommended that you order your invites approximately six months before your wedding. You can however order them much earlier if you prefer. As long as you have your venue, ceremony location and times finalized feel free to order them as soon as you want.

How many invitations do I need?

It is a good idea to have a number in mind when going to pick out invitations so you can get an accurate quote. My general recommendation is usually half of your total guests plus 25. Keep in mind that a good number of your guests are couples and only require 1 invitation. Ordering extra is always advised as having to reorder is quite pricey.

How do I select an RSVP date?

I highly recommend using a date at least a month before the wedding. You will want to allow time for guests who don’t respond on time and allow time to follow up with them. You will also need time to arrange your tables and have place cards printed. All of this takes time and nobody wants to be stressed 2 weeks before their wedding.

When should I mail out my invitations?

8 to 10 weeks is a good amount of time before the wedding to mail invitations. If you are having a destination wedding or a wedding on a holiday weekend, you may want to consider mailing them out sooner. This will allow your guest time to book hotels and make travel arrangements.

How do I know how much postage to get?

Once your invitations come in and you have all of the pieces necessary, stuff one envelope, take it to the post office and have it weighed. You can purchase the stamps right there or use the rate given and create a custom envelope online. Make sure to include all direction cards, accommodation cards and anything else that needs to go inside the envelope. Don’t forget to purchase stamps for your response envelope or postcards as well.
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With warm weather slowly approaching I wanted to share some photos from a clients summer wedding! Adam and Michele were married last June at the beautiful Crescent Beach Club in Bayville, NY. We worked together to coordinate the invitation and all of the accessory pieces and the outcome was stunning. We customized a Checkerboard design for the wedding invitation, the fan programs were from Carlson Craft and I custom designed the table cards and numbers to match the beautiful blue and silver color scheme.

All photos are courtesy of the talented Tanner Jones Photography!

 

 

PRINTING STYLES:

With so many different print styles available today, understanding the difference can be quite confusing.

I thought it would be helpful to provide a simple explanation of each, an idea of where they fall price wise and some examples of invitations.

Flat Print & Digital– while not the same both print styles produce similar results. Flat printing uses a plate while digital printing is done from digital files. Digital printing allows the use of multiple colors and more graphical details. (Most economical printing)

Thermography– uses powder and heat to create a raised style of printing. This style is most commonly seen on wedding invitations. (Moderately priced)

Embossing -this style imprints letters or designs directly into the paper without ink, raising the surface and adding demension. This is most commonly used for monograms and designs. (when used this way, the pricing is moderate)  A very upscale, lavish affair might use a completely embossed invitation (in this case embossing would be very expensive).

Letterpress– a style in which a surface with raised letters is inked and pressed into the paper creating an actual impression of the text. Thick, cotton stock if generally used for letterpress. While letterpress is a very popular style of printing right now, it is very expensive.

Foil Stamping– is a process where heat, pressure and metallic foil are used to produce a shiny effect. Foil stamping is becoming quite popular in combination with other printing methods. (Expensive)