Ordering Your Wedding Invitations 101

Congratulations, You’re Engaged!  Now it’s time to start thinking about save the dates, invitations, programs and all the other wedding stationery.  All of which you can find on cherishpaperie.com

How far in advance should a bride start researching?
It is never too early to start doing research on all elements of your wedding.  A couple should start with the save the dates, as soon as they have picked a date.  It is better to have plenty of time, than to have to rush an order at the last minute.
Is there a best time of day or week to communicate?
If the couple can take time out during the week, that’s best. We answer emails all day, and are more than happy to answer any questions.  The more details you have in an email, the better outcome you will receive in the design that you have in mind.  Showing us examples will also help us design what you have in mind.
Which months are your busiest?
We are busy all year around.  Our busiest season starts in January and goes through the summer, for summer weddings.
Go through the process from the first appointment to the delivery of the invitations.
Twelve to nine months out, the save the date usually chosen.  It is not absolutely necessary to match the save the date to the wedding invitation, but it is nice to echo similar design styles.  Eight months out, the couple should be looking at invitation styles and gathering ideas. Seven months out, we should receive an order with detailed information, so we can work on designing the invitation.  Over the next few months, we will send proofs, that the couple can make changes to.  Five to six months out, the final order for the invitations should be placed.  After it is placed, it is time to start thinking about programs for the ceremony, and reception stationery (i.e. menu, place cards and buffet cards).  These are usually ordered a few months before the day of the wedding.  Our clients also like to order thank you cards that tie into the design of their invitations or wedding.
What information should the couple give us?
All information for her guests: correct spellings, facts regarding the what, when, where and how. I encourage the couple to take a look on Our website, Pinterest, Facebook, and other wedding websites.  It is helpful for the couple to share their ideas, so we can get an idea of their style and what they want.
What types of questions will you ask?
We’ll ask about who’s hosting, the location and the feel of the wedding, because the invitation should portray that feeling. We’ll also ask about menu choices, reply cards, the religious aspects of the ceremony — the denomination of bride and groom and how that determines wording. It can get personal!
What types of questions should the couple ask when they comes?
If it’s important to her, etiquette — making sure they’re following rules. Also, making sure both sets of parents are on the same page and they know who’s hosting, because the invitation calls attention to that. What makes us so valuable is being able to balance what brides are seeing in the market with the mothers who might be more traditional. That’s where the art and the skill come through.
- All Paper Goods Photographed: Cherish Paperie
-Original Article: “Ordering Your Wedding Invitations 101: Advice from a Stationer ” By William Arthur Blog Team
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