Okay, so you have the date picked, your church reserved, and the hall booked. What’s next, you ask?
This task can be one of the most daunting tasks out there, especially if you’re frugal or a do-it-yourselfer. There are SO many decisions to make regarding invitations. If you’re sitting there, staring at the eleventy billion search results that just turned up for “wedding invitations”, let me give you a hand. We’re going to approach this the same way I approach any other issue in life…break it down into more manageable pieces. Start by answering these simple questions:
- Do you want to use a professional printer or do you want to do them yourselves?
- If you want to do them yourselves, are you doing this to save money, or because you want to make sure that every aspect of your invitation is custom?
- Have you settled on a theme yet? Colors?
- How many people are you looking to invite?
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s break each one down a little further. If you want to use a professional printer, there are a lot of options out there for you. My personal favorite is Invitations by Dawn. I used them for my wedding, and was VERY pleased with the whole experience. The price was right, quality was phenomenal, and shipping speeds were remarkable. This process is actually quite simple, since most of the sites have everything in neat categories, based on theme.
If you’re doing your own invitations, Invitations by Dawn also has solutions for you. Another option is checking out your local Hobby Lobby. They have a wide variety of fully customizable wedding invitations, and if you download the phone app or watch your Sunday paper, you can always find a 40% off coupon. Even though this wasn’t the right choice for me at the time, if I had to do it over again, I would probably print my own. I like to add a personal touch to everything I do, and these do–it-yourself kits let you do just that.
The biggest thing to watch out for, if you’re doing your own invitations because you think you can’t afford professional printing is, make sure the kits you’re price comparing include EVERYTHING. I had a friend decide to print her own. Excellent! Just a little paper, a little ink, and invite all the girls over for an invitation folding party, right? Almost. First thing to keep in mind …ink costs. Especially if you’re inviting hundreds of people. A couple of ink cartridges alone can cost you almost half the price of having them printed elsewhere. Second thing to check…does your DIY kit come with envelopes? The one my friend got did not. So, she needed to find envelopes, and that, my friends, is no easy task. I’m not trying to steer you away from printing your own, I just want you to realize that it’s not as cost effective as you’d initially think. I believe my friend ended up spending the same, if not a little more, than she would have gone with a professional printer. AND she had all of her time and stress to account for, too.
The next thing that usually drives people batty is trying to figure out the wording for the invitations. The folks over at TheKnot.com have put together a nice selection of ways to word even the trickiest family situations.
Hopefully this helps you feel a little less overwhelmed by the whole situation. Next week, we’ll tackle the cake. Who doesn’t like cake??
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