When Should You Start Designing Your Wedding Invitations
As you plan your wedding, one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make is which invitations to send out. But there’s one very important question you might not be thinking about… When should you start designing your wedding invitations? If you want your guests to actually receive them in time, it’s best to get started as soon as possible! That way, you can be sure they’ll make it in the mail before the big day.
Choose The Type Of Cardstock
Before you start looking at wedding invites designs, it’s important to choose the type of cardstock you want. There are many different types of cardstock available, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages.
For example, paper cards may be best for small-budget weddings or for guests who will be mailing their responses back. However, paper cards don’t provide much space for detail on the front of the card so they may not be as eye-catching as a thicker material like the metallic or pearlized paper.
If you’re having a large celebration and can afford the more expensive materials, these cards offer an elegant design that won’t look cheap. Cardstock thickness also affects how long your invitation is going to take to print.
A thinner cardstock is cheaper because it doesn’t require as much ink or time in production; however, it will also have less weight which could lead some people to think that your event isn’t worth attending if they receive an invitation made from thin cardstock.
On the other hand, thicker cardstocks cost more because there is more ink needed and more time put into printing them; however, this provides better quality invitations that are more sturdy than those made from thinner materials.
Many couples opt for an elegant option with vellum, which provides plenty of room for intricate design details. Vellum is also very durable, which makes it perfect for those who want something that can last through years of use.
A heavier-weight paper is also an option; these usually have a textured feel but can sometimes come off as too heavy or stiff if chosen without careful consideration. As with any decision related to your wedding day, choosing the right cardstock is crucial in order to create a beautiful piece that fits your style and personality as well as your budget.
What Colors Do Invites Come In?
The most popular colors for save the date are white, ivory, and black. However, you can really choose any color you want for your invitations. If you’re not sure what color to choose, think about the overall theme or color scheme of your wedding.
You can also use your wedding colors as inspiration for your invitation design. For example, if your wedding is being held in the fall season, try a palette of oranges and browns with hints of golds and greens.
Or if your wedding will be held in springtime, consider using shades of pink, lilacs, and blues. When selecting paper for your invitations (whether it’s paper from a roll or cardstock), there are many different textures that you can choose from smooth textured paper like linen or velvet; textured surface paper like silk; glossy cards like those made out of thick plastic; matte-finished cards like those made out of parchment paper.
When it comes to enveloping linings, save some money by sticking with an inexpensive standard option (white) or go all out by choosing something special like metallic rose gold or blush pink foil stamping.
How Many People Are Attending The Wedding?
The number of people attending your wedding will help you determine how many invitations to send out. It’s important to get an accurate guest count so you don’t end up with too many or too few invitations.
When calculating how many invitations to send out, also take into account a few other important factors. Is your wedding invitation a formal one that requires a black tie? Will there be an additional reception at your home or in another location that requires an RSVP? Will you need to include directions or parking information on your invitations?
Each of these questions will affect how many invitations you’ll need. Once you’ve determined the right amount, it’s time to start designing. Here are some helpful tips for designing and sending out your perfect wedding invitations:
Check and double-check your wording before sending them off. There’s nothing worse than having someone say they’re not coming because they didn’t know you were getting married. Include full names, addresses, and dates on all envelopes as well as a contact phone number if possible. Be sure to include any relevant details like dress code or an RSVP deadline in case guests are unclear about anything.
Choose a paper style that matches the feel of your wedding day – do you want something light and airy for an outdoor celebration? Or maybe something more elegant for a formal affair indoors? There are endless options when it comes to paper styles so have fun picking what suits you best.
How Long Is The Engagement Period?
The average engagement period is around 13 months, which gives you plenty of time to design and order your invitations. However, if you’re planning a destination wedding or a large, formal affair, you may want to start earlier. And if you’re not sure how many guests you’ll have, it’s better to err on the side of caution and order extra invitations. It’s much easier (and cheaper) to order more than less.
How Long Will It Take To Send Them Out?: Unless you know for certain that all of your guests will be present when the invitation arrives, it would be best to mail them out four weeks before the wedding date.
For example, if your wedding date is September 1st, then you should mail them out by August 18th. Some couples like to send their invitations via email in lieu of mailing paper ones, but this option does have its drawbacks.
For one thing, people often get emails from strangers and spam; this can make recipients question whether the sender is genuine. If you do decide to send an email invite, include an attachment with a paper copy so that guests are aware that it’s legitimate.