Welcome to our eighth installment of I Do Wedding Consulting’s Education Series, where Charlotte’s wedding professionals are sharing their insight and tips to make your wedding day a success! If you missed last month’s post from Kajal by Kimberly on wedding day beauty, click HERE! Today we are very excited to welcome Deb Hall from Olive Paper to our blog! She’s here to talk about one of our serious loves here at IDWC, wedding stationary!
Hi all of you I DO WEDDING CONSULTING followers! My name is Deb Hall and I am the owner of Olive Paper …. a graphic design & creative company. I am hijacking IDWC’s blog today to chat with you about a little favorite of mine :: WEDDING INVITATIONS! I have been in the wedding industry for 8 years now and love everything about an event – but especially a wedding! So, with that said … I hope I don’t jump around too much for you – but I want to share a lot of information – so READ ON! I hope you enjoy!
The B I G thing has happened – the QUESTION was FINALLLLLY popped! Congrats ~you’re engaged. Welcome to the organized chaotic world of wedding planning!
BIG things to check off:
Yup – you hired I Do Wedding Consulting, right?!
(note: go to gym now)
Call Olive Paper!
Yes, I do think your wedding invitation suite and other paper details are VERY important. Not just because that’s what my passion is, but it sets the ENTIRE TONE for your wedding. City chic? Southern charming? Rustic Elegance? Traditional? There are SO many different ways your big day can go. When your guest gets the wedding invitation, the entire event is really happening then! So, make this a top priority – I promise you won’t regret it.
Photo Courtesy of Smitten & Hooked Photography
So, how do you pick our the wedding invitation that is right for YOU and your wedding? Some wedding planners help create a style board, or start choosing colors right away and this is a great jumping off point for your wedding invitations. I have one word that I use when talking to brides and wedding planners: COHESIVE. Everything needs to blend, flow and just simply WOW the guests.
Photo courtesy of Smitten & Hooked Photography
ALL brides are super inquisitive and that’s GREAT! Below are some questions that brides seem to ALWAYS as me when working on their invitation….
Q: Is it okay to include a list of places the bride/groom are registered in the
A: My advice is pretty simple …. I would not suggest that. Have family members spread
the word via the old school grapevine or use a free website to list this along with other
important wedding information you might have.
Q: Should I hire a wedding planner?
A: If your budget allows, this will hands-down be the best money you will spend your
entire life. Honestly. Wedding planners have been known to be able to finesse your
future mother-in-law in a way that you can’t! That alone is worth the money. Not to
mention the fact that you will not have to worry about a thing come wedding day!
Q: When should wedding invitations be mailed out?
A: No later than 6 to 8 weeks in advance. Especially if you have a large group traveling
to the wedding. It’s also helpful to send out Save The Dates with some information
(date, city, wedding website) so you are sure to have that spot on your friend’s & family
Q: When should a Thank You note be mailed out?
A: The quick answer: ASAP! However, there is a 2 – 3 week grace period here – but
don’t stretch it past the 3 week mark.
Q: What’s the current trend in wedding invitations?!
A: Really, it depends on the wedding, and the bride’s budget, but I think the biggest
trends I am seeing these days are:
- Custom Instagram Signs at your Wedding Reception
- Gatsby Inspired Invitations – and carrying that look throughout the entire wedding
- Nude / Neutral color tone used as a main color
- Patterns! A custom pattern can be used on SO many things – and it’s another great
way to tie all the looks together!
- Custom Invitation Envelope Liners. They are simply an amazing detail to add. Think
of it as an amazing pair of earrings to top off your fab outfit!
Photo courtesy of LunahZon Photography
Speaking of … another hot topic: YOUR BUDGET! UUGGGH … yup the dreaded B word. BE HONEST with your vendors – and be realistic with the numbers you give them. Want $15 invitations but for $3? Keep it real. If you only have $3 for each invitation, then ask to see samples in that price range.
Photo courtesy of Anna Naphtali Photography
In hopes of keeping this little post short and sweet, I would love to chat more with you about questions you have about your wedding invitation!
Call or email me!
704 . 609 . 6302
Let’s meet for a coffee or a little cocktail and get to work! I am so passionate about what I create for each and every bride and no two invitation I create is the same. I’d love to help you create a one-of-a-kind invite that will wow your guests and will be kept in your wedding memory book forever!
Photo courtesy of Smitten & Hooked Photography