I must confess I sometimes wait until last-minute to do things because I feel like I have tons of time to get them done. Case in point – my wedding invitations. I have yet to order them and my wedding is in less than three months. So what’s a bride-to-be to do?
Panic, freak out and blame my mother.
It’s not that I have put off looking for the perfect invitations. It’s just that I have been spending all my time looking for the perfect invitations.
Typically, you should order your invites at least six months before the wedding and send them out between eight to twelve weeks before the big day. If you are planning a destination wedding, the times will differ. Be courtesy to your guests and give them ample time to book a flight and hotel.
For the past day I have been scrambling to get everything put together to a designer I found by way of Etsy and anxiously waiting by my computer to approve proofs. I am about three weeks behind schedule. But luckily I’m having a small wedding and I sent out Save the Dates.
Etsy has been a life saver during the wedding planning process and I have found some really interesting items that will add some personality and a DIY feel to the reception.(Check here for some of my finds.)
The main thing I was striving for when looking for invitations was clean and modern with a splash of whimsical glamour. Way harder to find that it sounds. I was lucky to come across Ink and Ivory and I am pleased with the results so far.
The text for the invite was probably the easiest part of the ordeal. I searched a few high-end websites and added my own twist on the wording. For invitation wording ideas click here and here. If you’re looking for non-traditional kitschy wording click here.
Here are a few things I learned during my ordering process.
1) Order six months ahead of time to avoid unnecessary headaches and panic attacks
2) Stick to a theme and color scheme. It will make choosing a style easier.
3) Don’t be afraid to experiment with wording. You can still create a formal invitation without the formal wording.
4) When in doubt ask for a sample, proof or additional revisions. Don’t settle. If something doesn’t look right, speak up. Your designer can’t always read your mind. Oh, and pictures help a lot!
5) Don’t stress out. You can always ask for a rush delivery and to help make mailing a little easier you can always pay for pre-printed addresses on the envelopes and invitations pre-assembled and stuffed.
PS. I will post my invites soon!
Happy Planning! enjoy xoxo