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Wedding Invitations - Getting the timing right

It is amazing how quick time goes by, when organising your special day – your Wedding!

Traditionally we have found that most couples don’t realise how far in advance they need to start organising their wedding invitations. Many couples think about their designs but often don’t choose an invitation company and design early enough.

Not allowing enough time has a number of drawbacks including: it can end up costing you more for an urgent production run; you may not have enough time to get all of the invitations out on time which means rushing your guests to RSVP; you might upset your reception venue by not being able to finalise numbers early enough. These are just a few of the potential problems that can easily be avoided by starting early.

We recommend that you begin actively looking for invitations at least 6 months prior to your wedding.

Below is a traditional timeline that you might like to consider.

Wedding Date  -  Wedding Date
1 month before  -  Reception venue requires confirmation of no. of people attending
    Placecards need to start being printed (especially if you are having guest names printed)
6 weeks before  -  RSVP required back. Some people will always be late, so may need to chase them.
    Traditionally guests are given 6 weeks to RSVP. This also allows them enough prior notice so they don’t make other plans on the same date as your wedding!
12 Weeks before  -  Last invitations is handed out (only 2 weeks to hand out all those invitations?).
14 Weeks before  -  Invitations collected started to be given to guests
20 Weeks before  -  Invitations are approved, prototype viewed, artwork signed off, and begin being made.
    It is important to order the right number of invitations now. It is even better to order a few more than you originally thought, as it is often more expensive to have a couple extra made at a later date.
    Most invitation suppliers work on 6 weeks, a few even work on a minimum of 8 weeks!. Sometimes this can be shorter but it depends on your invitation and how many other weddings they are working on at the time.
22 Weeks prior  -  Invitation design is chosen and the company chosen are informed and confirmed. All artwork is prepared, including a full prototype (if the company you choose includes one).
26 Weeks prior
(6 months)
 -  Begin viewing invitations by visiting different invitations companies.
    Comparing designs, quality, service, complete package pricing etc.
    Make sure your quotes include everything! This includes matching envelopes for invitations and RSVP, printing of guest names, printing of RSVP envelope.

The timeline is a guide only. Used above, it should easily work in with whichever invitation company you are using and wherever you have chosen to have your reception.

This helpful hint is bought by Truly, Madly, Deeply... Wedding Invitations and Bomboniere, Phone (02) 9599 9955 or visit www.trulymadlydeeply.com.au


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