There’s a lot to consider when creating stationary for your wedding: the envelope, the details card, the invitation, the reply card, and that’s not even all of it! Fun, special touches also include guest door hangers, stickers, favor tags, and thank you card. We are even seeing couples incorporate fun signage for the day of their wedding! The best part about custom wedding paper goods? You can have total creative freedom by working with a designer to make it your own look and style that perfectly matches your dream wedding.

In the beginning of the year, Chicago Style Weddings published an issue featuring our very own Invitations by Design! We were so happy to see their beautiful work featured in this article. As you know, the invitations are an essential part of the wedding planning process and set the tone for the wedding. Here are five important, must-read tips from this resourceful article:

    Your unique wedding stationery sets the tone for your wedding. When your guests receive your save the date and/or invitation they will instantly make assumptions about the formality of the wedding, what they should wear, if they will attend and even what to give as a gift. This first communication about your big day is an important one. Be sure it is communicating the correct tone for your wedding.

    The invitations should wow your guests and grab their attention. Everything about the invitations from the content to the design should embody what guests should expect.

    Keep your guests informed in an organized and beautiful way. Pocket folder invitations help to keep the details close at hand and allows the couple to share important details such as things to do, accommodation details, favorite places and even special details for just the wedding party.

    Order by the number of household, not guests. One common mistake couples make is ordering invitations for each guest when you actually need about half of that number (depending on the number of couples and families you are inviting). Get started on your guest list early. It can be difficult to track down all those addresses….plus post-wedding the list will come in handy for thank you notes and holiday cards for years to come. And don’t forget to order one for yourself. 🙂

    Make sure to have a timeline for when to send out your invitations and give enough time for custom designs to be created. Invitations By Design suggests that save-the-dates are ordered and sent out 7 to 13 months before the wedding. The actual invitations should be ordered 6-8 months ahead and sent out about 8-10 weeks before the wedding. Ordering additional items, including thank you cards, can be between 1-3 months before the wedding. This timeline will ensure that your stationary is done in a timely fashion and you won’t have to rush the order or worry about getting them.

Check out Invitations By Design’s creative work!

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You can read the full article in the Chicago Style Wedding magazine online on pages 362-368. Also check out Invitation By Design’s work in a stunning real wedding feature on page 418, along with a few of our other Geneva Bride vendors.

XO,

Geneva Bride