I get it! There is a lot to know when it comes to wedding stationery. Below you will find answers to the most common questions. Have questions that aren't listed here, let me know. I'm happy to help!
The ins and outs of proper invitation etiquette and when it's okay not to follow it.
Ah, the big money question!
Giving your guests enough time to plan to attend is very important.
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Traditionally there is proper etiquette that goes into wording an invitation. Nowadays, more and more couples are straying away from tradition and making their invitations more personal and playful. So basically, it is completely up to you! With each couple I work with, I will send a few options based on how formal of an event you are planning. For now, here are the basic essentials of what to include and a few examples.
Wedding invitation essentials:
1. Host Names - Whoever is hosting/inviting to the wedding celebration is usually mentioned first.
2. The Couple - The bride's name is typically listed first, followed by the groom. If the couple is the same gender, you can list them alphabetically or switch the order among the various stationery pieces used for the wedding.
3. The Details - This is where you list the date, venue (name and city), and ceremony start time. Spelling out the date creates clarity (ie. September rather than 09).
4. Post ceremony information - This is where you indicate if there will be a reception. If the reception is in another location, you will want to indicate the venue and start time, or opt to include a separate reception detail card.
For examples on how to word your invitations based upon who is hosting the event and the level of formality of the event, check out this blog post by The Knot!
This depends a lot on how many guests you are inviting and the type of paper and printing you envision. For example, gold foil and letterpress stationery are more expensive than digitally printed color stationery. Having large signs at the wedding can also bring the total cost up significantly.
Here is a good place to start. Your invitation suite should typically cost approximately 2-4% of your total budget. For example, if you have a $30,000 budget, your invitation suite should cost between $600 – $1200. This percentage is for your invitation suite only. The percentage for total paper goods such as menus, place cards, table numbers, seating charts, welcome sign, etc., should be approx. 7-10% of your total wedding budget. For example, if you have a $30,000 budget, your invitation suite should cost between $2100 – $3000.
Custom Marquise Studio couples typically spend between $3000 - $6000 on all of their stationery (and wedding website) with the average being $4500.
Semi-Custom Marquise Studio couples typically spend between $1500 - $4000 on all of their paper goods and signage with the average being $2500.
Your Save the Dates should be sent around 6 to 8 months prior to your wedding. If you are planning a destination wedding, your Save the Dates should be sent out 10 to 12 months prior to your wedding (or as soon as you have the necessary details determined) in order to allow guests to plan for their travel and to book adequate time off of work.
If a Save the Date has already been sent out, your Wedding Invitations for local ceremonies should be sent out 6 to 8 weeks prior and at least 8 to 10 weeks prior for destination weddings. If you have guests travelling from out of town, giving them additional time is always appreciated.
If you are not sending a Save the Date, your invitations should be sent at least 4 months in advance.
Also, set your RSVP date 6 weeks in advance to give yourself time to follow up with anyone who did not RSVP within that timeline.
Pro Tip: Remember to account for mailing time needed to deliver your Invitations and Save the Dates to your guests above the timelines listed above.
Typically, you will send one invitation per household. RSVP cards are typically also one per household, however, some couples prefer to receive one RSVP card per guest.
Additionally, you will want to order 10 - 15% extra invitation suites in case you have last minute changes to your guest list. Adding these extra suites will be less expensive if ordered with the rest of your suites rather than having to print and assemble a small number of additional suites later on.
Don't forget to keep one or two suites for your photographer to capture on the day of as well!
If you would like to have a set to keep for yourself, make sure to ask your stationer about this. All Custom Marquise Studio couples receive a complimentary keepsake invitation suite and box, however, not all stationers include this as part of their service.
I adore the role a wedding planner will play in making sure your vision is brought to life and no detail is left un-thought-of for your wedding. If you have a wedding planner, we can determine what you would like the process and communication to look like.
For example, I have worked with couples and wedding planners where everyone is involved in every step of the process.
In other instances, I have communicated exclusively with the planner who then relays any information and options to the couple.
Semi-Custom website are pre-designed to include 5 pages:
1. A beautiful homepage with the basic details of the day, photos, and links to the other pages.
2. Our Story - tell your friends and family how you met, how you fell in life, the magical day you said yes, or some fun facts about the two of you.
3. The Bridal Party - this is a great way to brag about your favorite people and let the other guests know why they are standing next to you on your wedding day.
4. The Details - this is the page for all the information. Dress Code, Accommodations, Registry, Social Media hashtag, and any other information that your guests need to know.
5. RSVP - your rsvp form can be customized to include questions specific to you and your day.
Check out the Semi-Custom Website from the Tosha Collection here.
Custom wedding websites will include all the above plus anything else you need! Custom wedding websites can be laid out in separate pages or one landing page, depending on the amount of information and your preference.
Semi-Custom Collections can be printed and assembled in as little as 2 weeks for a rush fee of $50.
Custom Collections typically require a minimum of 6 weeks. However they can be designed, printed, and assembled in as little as 3 weeks (dependant on your timeliness of confirmations and approvals) for a rush fee of 10% of the total cost.
Need it even faster? Contact me asap and I will see what we can do!
If you are within the Central Alberta area, we can schedule a time to meet in person. One of my favorite parts of the process is seeing your reaction when you see your pieces in person for the first time!
I also make occasional trips to Calgary and Edmonton and can schedule in person delivery in these cities if you like.
If you are further away or prefer your items can be mailed. We will schedule a follow up phone call when the items arrive to ensure everything is exactly how you envisioned.