Wedding Invitation Consultation Must-Knows
The date for the “big day” has been selected, the venue has been booked and the caterer has been chosen. Now it’s time to invite all of your guests! Wait a minute. How? Should you send an Evite that links to your wedding’s website? Or perhaps you have traditional letterpress invitations with RSVP cards. Regardless of your decision, there are a few key things to know before contacting a designer and/or going for a wedding invitation consultation:
We can’t begin to tell you how many times we’ve been contacted by couples who don’t have a budget in mind. For the most part, it’s simply because very few people know how much invitations cost, and it’s also because many designers don’t advertise prices on their websites. Regardless, your budget shouldn’t be dictated by how much the designer wants you to spend, it should be dictated by how much you can afford. Nailing down that number will ensure that your designer only shows you concepts that are within your budget. There is nothing worse than being shown a Rolls Royce when you can only afford a Mazda. Having a set budget helps to avoid disappointment.
If you can, come with your guest list already compiled (even if you don’t have all of the addresses). This gives the designer an idea of how many invitations you need to order. At different quantities there are price breaks per unit, so sometimes increasing your quantity 10 envelopes can end up saving you money. Having your quantity in advance also avoids surprises later if you’re on a budget.
Mail By & RSVP By Dates.
We live for deadlines. When a client is able to give us a hard “Mail By” date it allows us to work to that deadline. It also ensures clarity in the project process and allows the designer to build in contingency time for things like approvals gone a-rye or printers who take longer than expected. “RSVP By” dates are also important, as those dates need to be included on RSVP cards that are included with the invitation. This date is sometimes dictated by your caterer, so be sure to check with them regarding guest quantity due dates.
Colour Scheme & Theme.
With the invention of the Pinterest board, we have access to more wedding inspiration than ever before. It’s helpful to come to a consultation with a few ideas (we’ve even had clients add us as a contributor to their boards so that I can see all of their ideas). Once again, this allows the designer to hone in on and present designs that are relevant to the couple and their vision for their big day.
Are you one of those brides with a binder full (or Pinterest board full) of ideas all ready to share with your invitation designer? If you want to take the next step (and really make your designer happy) come prepared to your consultation with a few of these “nice to haves”:
Where will your guests be getting most (if not all) of their information regarding your wedding? Will you be building a website? Or will you be providing inserts with your invitation that give directions and accommodation information? Knowing this ahead of time will help your designer suggest design and paper options. Keep in mind the more inserts you do, the more money it costs (so this decision could also rely on your budget).
Are you trying to keep your invitations cheap and cheery so you can focus your budget on other priorities? Or are you obsessed with letterpress printing and absolutely have to have gold foil invitations? Whatever your preference, this is important information to share with your designer, as some printing methods can put limitations on the design of your invitations. It’s also important for budgeting, as some printing methods can be more expensive than others. If you’re unsure, designers love talking about printing (almost as much as they do design!) so don’t feel like you can’t lean on us for recommendations and education.
Will you be requesting menus or escort cards later in the process? Let your designer know at the invitation consultation phase (if possible). As previously stated, if materials are ordered in bulk the cost per unit can be cheaper. If you plan on using the same paper for the RSVP cards, as the rest of your wedding invitation suite, there could be cost savings in ordering the paper all at once. There could also be a design savings as you’re utilizing the designer for more than one project.
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