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Nowadays, it seems the responsibilities involved in planning a wedding are shared by the bride and groom. This sure wasnít the case when I got married 16 years ago. My husband enjoyed making decisions on our menu and what the DJ was going to play, but for the most part, he was very gracious in letting me decide on the more intricate details of our wedding day.

I think it goes without saying, if you have a never ordered wedding invitations before, it can be a bit overwhelming. So many details to cover from the number of invitations needed, to the font selections and how much to budget for postage. I have dedicated this blog to the groom in charge of ordering the wedding invitations, offering quick tips and insight on how to get the job of ordering invitations done quickly and without too much stress. But I do hope anyone in the process of ordering invitations will find it helpful.

Letís start from the beginning-
When should you order your invitations? We recommend ordering your invitations four to five months prior to the date of your wedding. This gives you plenty of time to address your envelopes and get them mailed out within the standard 6-8 weeks before the wedding date. Most of our wedding invitation orders are processed and delivered within 10-14 business days (Options that may require additional production time are proofing, photos, non-English wording, custom ink colors and/or special set-up.)

If you have decided on a particular invitation as a couple, the next task will be deciding on what wording you want to use. Itís very helpful if you have the wording decided on before you start the order process. You may view popular options for Wedding Invitation Wording here or our staff can readily assist you with the various wording options and etiquette rules.

After that, you will want to have a realistic guest list so you can decide how many invitations you need to order. In most cases, invitations and enclosure cards are ordered in increments of 25. Itís a good idea to order an extra 25 envelopes. If you are on a tight budget, order the extras blank. The charge is minimal and well worth it. Too often, we have customers returning, asking for additional envelopes because they made a few too many mistakes addressing the envelopes. Reorders can be expensive and a shipping charge will apply.

If you are unsure if you need a reception card, there is a quick rule of thumb. If the celebration after the ceremony is taking place at a venue other than where the ceremony is taking place, then a separate card (reception) card should be ordered.

If you are ordering a response card, you will need to know what name and address you want printed on the front of the reply envelope. Traditionally, you will want to use the address of the person(s) hosting the wedding. The printed return address envelope is included in the price of the response card set. Remember, you will want to budget for the postage on your reply set envelopes.

If you are including thank you notes with your wedding invitation order, you will most likely have two options to choose from, the thank you note and the informal note. The thank you note simply has "Thank You" printed on the front or top of the card. The informal note is personalized with a name(s) or monogram. Both options can be used for bridal showers and as stationery after the wedding festivities, so you may want to consider ordering extra.

Remember to order a proof of the invitation prior to printing. The proof is professionally typeset by the printer and sent via email in a PDF format. The charge for the proof is minimal and itís a great tool to preview the layout of the wedding invitation, the font selection and most importantly, itís a good editing tool.

Many couples are opting to have their envelopes professionally addressed. The pricing varies on this option, but itís a true time saver for a busy couple and the end result is a beautifully addressed envelope. Calligraphic and whimsical fonts may be used for the addressing.

When you are ready to purchase the postage for your wedding invitations, itís wise to take a complete ensemble to the post office to be weighed and measured. This will ensure the correct amount of postage is used.

Check out our full line of Wedding Invitations today!

By Michaela
Michaela has been with since 2003, showing off her customer service skills to a variety of stationery consumers.
Michaela is mom to two active pre-teens and spends her free time bike riding, boating, hiking and enjoying family time.


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