Planning your Wedding Invitations

It’s true. Wedding invitations are one of the biggest factors that go into setting the tone of your wedding day. Along with save-the-dates, it’s the very first impression your guests will have before your big day. Your invitations should give guests a feel of your personality and style as a couple and allow them to envision what your wedding day will be like. Your invitations will convey how much time and effort you’ve spent on planning your wedding. Below are a couple of tips that we think are helpful to remember when planning for your wedding invitations.

As soon as you have your wedding venue picked out and booked, you should begin the planning process for your invitations. Invitations should be ordered at least 3 months prior to your wedding to allow enough time for them to be printed, addressed and mailed. Although, it’s best to start planning as early as you can to avoid any unforeseen complications along the way. Invitations should be mailed 8-10 weeks in advance. If you’re having a destination wedding, 12 weeks is the typical rule of thumb. According to The Knot, you should plan on spending 2-3% of your overall wedding budget on your stationery. However, many factors play into determining your invitation budget and it might vary depending on your personal wedding budget.

Give guests a taste and feel of what your wedding day will be like. You don’t have to spend a ton of money to do so, just be sure that your invitation design is consistent with your wedding style and theme. Include any colors, fonts or monograms that will be used in other elements of your wedding stationery, decorations and design. If you’re having a rustic, country, barn wedding, reveal those details in the style of your invitations. Having a more classic and chic, black-tie affair? Use more classic design elements and fonts. Your wedding invitation designer can help you with all of these details, as long as you have a solid idea and vision about how you want your wedding day to feel.

Make sure your guests are clear about the details of your wedding. Include information that you would need to know when you’re invited to someone else’s wedding. Some guests may be traveling from a long distance and need to make plans and arrangements in advance. Always include the ceremony time and when the cocktail hour and reception will begin. If dinner is at a later time than the start of the reception, include those details so that guests can know what to expect. It’s also important to include the full address of wedding venues for guests who aren’t familiar with the area or location. You can also include a map or directions from the ceremony to the reception. If you’ve made special accommodations for guests, provide an accommodations card with the invitations.

Our Top Tips for Planning your Wedding Invitations:

Plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time to complete your invitation planning process from start to finish, making it as stress-free as possible.
• Incorporate your wedding style. Go the extra mile to design your invitations in a way that will leave guests excited for what’s to come.
Be informative and descriptive by answering any questions you think guests might have. Give them the information they need to make their planning easy.

Ultimately, your wedding invitations are one of the most important elements of your wedding. They set the tone for your wedding day and get guests excited about being a part of it. It’s worth the extra effort to make them special and unique. If you’re ready to start planning your invitations, take a look at some of these Omaha invitation design studios that we love: Inclosed Studio | Meldeen | Ally B Designs

Photography: The Mullers

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