Invitations are a BIG part of the wedding planning process. Not physically big, as a matter of fact physically they might be the smallest, lightest things you have to worry about besides your rings and placecards, but they do represent you and your wedding in a big way. We have already covered wedding planning organizers and dress shopping tips so now onto invitations. As much as I’d like to think I know everything, I don’t, so I thought it would be best to leave this to the experts. My BFF Kristan is a graphic designer and an invitation guru ( I have mentioned her before here and here). She also designed my business cards that are just the most awesome things ever. She and I had babies 2 weeks apart and once her beautiful little girl was born she quit her job and made her side design business her full-time job. She is officially a WAHM! Which means I get to promote a WAHM and post about event planning – 2 of my blogging categories! Are you ready to learn about custom invites?
Kristan from KC Invitations and Design:
Choosing your invitations can be an overwhelming and daunting task for couples. So where should you start?
There are some things that can help you get through this process.
- If your wedding is within 12 months of your engagement, it’s important that you send out Save-the-Dates. This informs your guests that, “Hey, I have a wedding this year,” and allows them to make proper plans for your event. (i.e. bridal shower gift, bachelor/bachelorette party plans, and of course the wedding gift).
- Ideally, you want to send out your invitations 8 weeks before your wedding. But they can go out as late as 6 weeks and not be considered inconsiderate.
- Start your invitation process early, at least 6 months before the wedding, but the earlier the better for custom invitations.
Where to Start: Colors and Themes
To start, I often recommend that you think about your wedding theme. If you don’t have a theme, this would be the time to really consider what you want your guests to experience at your wedding.
- Hunt online for color pallets and themes to get an idea of what you want.
- Pinterest is a great place to start. If you’re not familiar with Pinterest, it’ll make your wedding planning a lot of fun and simplify everything for you in one convenient place.
- If you have a wedding coordinator to help you with your wedding planning, utilize their experience here. Brides often put too much pressure on themselves to come up with something original – something that no one has ever seen, thanks to overdosing on WE TV. But simply put, you can take ideas from many different places and put them together. Then they become your own.
- When you’re on the hunt for wedding invitation ideas and theme ideas, it’s more important to know what you DO NOT LIKE more than what you do like, in some cases. I say this particularly for indecisive brides. If it’s difficult for you to make a decision and stick to it, you’re the bride I’m speaking to. It’s easy to get overwhelmed. Knowing what you absolutely HATE will help you find exactly what you like — and no, you’re not allowed to like everything!
Where to Get Custom Invitations
- Once you have an idea of the invitation you like or a theme, find an invitation designer or boutique in your area.
- Google them before you make the call.
- Browse their website and READ the ABOUT section. To me, this is their opportunity to convince you that they are the people/person you’re looking for.
- CALL THEM. It’s easy to shoot a quick email, but we’re talking about YOUR WEDDING INVITATIONS. This is the first taste of what your guests can expect at your wedding. It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway, THIS IS A BIG DEAL. You want to hear their voice and how they present themselves on the phone is very telling. If they don’t sound good on the phone, your experience with them might not be a pleasurable one.
- Meet them! Make an appointment with them to talk about your vision. Remember that this is their job, they’ll have a lot of suggestions for you. Maybe some anecdotal stories for you. Let them help you create a gorgeous wedding invitation. A great designer will work with you and help you realize your perfect invitation.
- RED FLAGS: any establishment or designer who seems too busy, unorganized, or in a rush and doesn’t give you all of their attention at this meeting should not get your business.
It is our job to reassure you that we can, and will, make you exactly what you want. You have to feel comfortable and confident leaving them that they will make good on their word. I like to make this process fun because it should be! Paper, colors, patterns what could be bad?!
Designers that love what they do will be a lot of fun to work with and you’ll leave there in a great mood. Always speak up. Your designer wants to hear what you like AND what you don’t. It’s the only way we know we’re making the right choices for your invitations.
Remember, this is about YOU. Any vendor that tries to make their services about them do not have your interests at heart.
Kristan will be back to do an entire series on DIY Invites!
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