Patty Gibbons from Little Black Dress Paperie fills us in on everything wedding invitations!
There are a lot of tasks in the midst of planning your wedding that can seem a little daunting to tackle and wedding invitations can certainly be one of the most stressful things to get through. Just like the entire planning process, it’s much easier when you break it down into smaller parts. When you do this, you have the ability to check off each part of the process which makes everything run smoothly and get completed quickly! Here’s how we recommend you break everything down:
Establish your style. So many brides come in to our consultation with them and really have no idea which direction they want to go in which is fine but makes everyone’s job a lot harder and the process a lot longer! When you have your style established (rustic, modern, traditional, incorporating watercolors, etc.) then we can suggest designs to you that capture exactly what you’re looking for.
Before you make an appointment with your stationer or even begin looking on any invitation websites, have some kind of vision in your head of what you want. A lot of brides create a pinterest board of designs that they like and even the overall style of their wedding. This will help us tailor your wedding stationery to perfecting fit your style!
Be prompt with communicating with your designers and approving proofs. Depending on what printing process you choose, the process could be extensive and require you to approve multiple proofs. The faster you are able to answer and approve everything, the faster you will get your invitations!
Be picky, but not TOO picky! You have the right to want your invitations to be absolutely perfect. It is your wedding day after all! BUT, you should trust your designer with the designing aspect because she wants the absolute best for you as well.
Make sure that you double-check all your spelling, addresses, etc. that all everything is correct. Your designer will check everything as well but at the end of the day it is your job to make sure that all information you send to your designer is correct!
How to Pick out your Wedding Invitation
As for picking out your wedding invitation, you should have a style in mind that you would like your invitation to reflect. As we have previously recommended, a lot of brides-to-be create a Pinterest board to help guide the way as far as design and styling go. Once you have an idea in mind and have looked around at different ideas and stationers, you should make an appointment for a consultation with the stationery expert that you would like to work with. The consultation will provide you with advice from your stationer and an exchange of ideas that will ultimately leave you with an invitation design you’ll love. In the following weeks you will receive proofs from your designer that you will need to approve or give directions to change. Once this stage is completed, your invitations will go into production and will be packed up and shipped to your or if you choose, directly to your guests!