Tick tock! Once you get engaged the wedding clock starts ticking!
Peak wedding season is among us and I frequently get asked about how the wedding invitation process works. Here are a few of the most popular questions I get asked that will hopefully help the ordering process less stressful and more fun. Be sure to also stay ahead with my helpful wedding invitation timeline as well as a few insider tips!
When should I start ordering my invitations?
As soon as you nail down your theme and colors you should start looking as early as you can! Pinterest and Etsy are perfect for this and they are so easy to use with so many beautiful designs available to you. Once you find a design you love, be sure to place an order 4-6 months before your big day. Invitations take anywhere between 3 weeks up to 6 weeks to design, print, and produce so you want to be sure you have them completed with extra time to spare. Also, be sure to give your guests at least 1 month to respond to your RSVP deadline date, so be sure to coordinate with your caterer or venue with the deadline date.
WEDDING INVITATION TIMELINE:
Order wedding invitations: 4-6 Months before wedding date
Mail wedding invitations: 6-8+ weeks before wedding date for local weddings, 12-16 weeks for destination weddings
What is your turnaround time? Can you do a rush order?
For most of my invitation designs the turnaround time from start to ship date is 3-6 weeks. For all of my laser cut invitation designs the turnaround time is 4-6 weeks, so please plan in advance if you are interested in this type of invitation. Unfortunately any of my designs using a laser cut pocketfold or gatefold have a firm turnaround time of 4-6 weeks, so rush services are not available.
For simpler designs that contain only flat printed cards the turnaround time is much quicker. These designs are great if you are in need of invitations pronto! I offer a wide variety of these types of designs in my Etsy store and most are available in less than 3 weeks, sometimes 2!
Can I change the wording/font/colors?
Absolutely! All of my designs can be customized with your own wording and your specific colors. I offer a wide variety of colors and I even offer color matching if you do not see your perfect color.
For fonts, I have a wide variety of available fonts to choose from. Take a look at my font chart to find your favorite!
- Order extras sets! At least 10-20 for those last minute guests and for personal keepsakes. Plus don’t forget a set for photos!
- If you plan on using a desk embosser be aware that the post office may have a hard time reading your return address if it were needing to be returned to you.
- Weigh your invitation at the Post Office for correct postage. Don’t forget to buy those cute wedding edition stamps while you are there! If you are using a RSVP postcard don’t forget you can save $$ by buying post card stamps.
- If your invitation suite requires assembly (adhering cards, stuffing pockets, wrapping belly bands) be sure to factor in that extra time into your timeframe.
- Decide ahead of time on how you want to address your envelopes (Hire a calligrapher? Printed? Handwritten?) and be sure to include that into your invitation budget and turnaround time.
- Last but not least be sure to proofread your proofs for typos! It is also never a bad idea to get a second set of eyes to proofread it as well. If there is one thing that will ruin a beautifully designed and assembled invitation is a big fat typo!
I hope these tips have been helpful and hopefully make wedding planning just a little bit easier!