Wedding Planning 101: Finding the Perfect Invitation Suite

Image Source: Minted Weddings

Image Source: Minted Weddings

Picking your invitation suite can be a bit overwhelming, there are so many options out there! All the different styles, packages, and price points can be difficult to navigate. That’s why we’re going to break it all down for you today and share some of our favorite resources for purchasing your suite! Keep in mind, you can go as crazy or simple as you want. Your save the date cards do not have to match your formal invitations. Your invitations can be simple or comprehensive -- including components like song requests, hotel information, RSVP cards, registry information, and more.

Mode of Purchase

In our day and age of advanced technology, your method of creating your paper goods is somewhat limitless. You can pick a pre-designed photocard, a pre-designed photo-less card, or you can have something designed custom-made just for you. You can order cards and have them printed and shipped to you, or you can order a template and print your cards yourself. If you’re looking for the most cost-effective method, we suggest doing your research to compare what costs end up being if you do select a template. You’ll still want high quality printing, so most likely not done at home. Check out the cost to make prints at places like Staples or CVS, and also remember you’ll have to purchase envelopes on top of it compared to if you order pre-designed cards from somewhere like Shutterfly, where envelopes will be included.

Image Source: Basic Invite

Image Source: Basic Invite

Places to Check Out

There is such a wide variety of options for places to look! If you’re looking for something more unique and personalized, check out Etsy. Lots of shops offer templates or even personalized suites. While they’re usually still pre-designed, not as many people think to go somewhere small like individual stops on Etsy. That being said, there are so many options of templates for pre-designed suites on sites like Shutterfly, Mint, Basic Invite, Vista Print, and Simply to Impress are just a few of our favorite options. There’s room for upgrades like foiling or even clear invitations. You can get matching sets or opt to mix and match. Price will often vary upon the amount ordered. That being said, you really can create some beautiful suites. Most of these sites have so many color options within each design. You can create regular paper invites, magnet save the date cards, postcards, etc.

Image Source: Simply to Impress

Image Source: Simply to Impress

We’re big believers in starting the hunt early! Create a spreadsheet with all the details for your favorite options: where they’re from, the cost, and a direct link. Often times you can order free or inexpensive samples to make sure you’re going with your favorite option. Starting the hunt early also means that you can watch for any sales or coupon codes coming down the pipeline. Regardless of what you choose, your invitation suite should be a reflection of you and your partner’s style, so have fun with it and choose what suits you best!

Save the Date Mistakes

The main purpose for distributing save-the-dates is to give your wedding guests an advanced notice of when your big day is. By sending them, your guests are able to take off work or arrange travel plans far in advance in order to celebrate your wedding day. Although save-the-dates are simple and easy to send out, there are some common mistakes that people tend to make:

The main purpose for distributing save-the-dates is to give your wedding guests an advanced notice of when your big day is. By sending them, your guests are able to take off work or arrange travel plans far in advance in order to celebrate your wedding day. Although save-the-dates are simple and easy to send out, there are some common mistakes that people tend to make:

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Image Source:  Esty

Image Source: Esty

 

Save-the-dates should be sent 4-6 months prior to your wedding date. A couple should only send them once their venue is also booked, in case your dream venue is booked the day you already printed on the save-the-date.

Be sure to add your location to the save-the-date for guests who are located far away. By doing so, guests are able to secure travel accommodations!

The worst is customizing your save-the-dates and receiving them in the mail only to notice spelling or grammar mistakes. Be sure to proof read everything before ordering them!

Image Source:  The Knot

Image Source: The Knot

Save-the-dates should only include the couple's names, the wedding date, location, and wedding website (if applicable). The actual wedding invite will contain more details for guests. Keep the save-the-dates short and simple!