Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Wedding Tip Tuesday ~ 12.18.12

At DG Invites we have been busy with an order from our wonderful loyal customers the Palos Verdes Chapter of the National Charity League.  We always look forward to this time of year as things go from busy, busy to the calm before the storm.  More on that later!  We apologize for a break last week from Tip Tuesday while assembling that order and well just being sick...blah!  Being sick is getting kind of old over here so I'm hoping the worst is behind us.  So to get to why you are visiting us, a few tips as promised (to make up for last week).

The proof for your invitation that is. When it comes to something as important as your big day you can never be too careful.  I have to admit that over the years, things have for sure been missed.  By me, the client, the printer, the clients mom, the clients sister and well everyone it crossed paths with.  However, there are ways to avoid this.  Review your invite for all of the correct information....date, time, location etc.  Then read it again LEFT to RIGHT, WORD by WORD.  Look for any spelling or typo errors you can possibly find.  Reading it this way is how a copy writer would.  There is no chance of being lazy as you read and missing something as your mind assumes it says what you want it to say.  Once you have done that read it again for an grammatical errors.  Then...have other people do the same thing.  For me after looking at an invite for what can be months at a time, over and over it all blends together.  There is always computer/human error involved as the process goes on. Slip of the mouse could delete a random letter in a random line.  So before you say Print...Check, Check, Check!  You will only save yourself, time and money.

When to Mail??
Save the Dates should be mailed out anywhere from 6 months to a year prior to the wedding.

Invitations should be mailed out 6-8 weeks prior to the wedding, allowing your guests adequate time to respond and ensuring that you will get a reliable head count a week or two before the event. This is a pretty standard time frame. If you have a lot of out of town guests or are having a destination wedding that requires more complex travel arrangements then you would send them closer to that 8 week mark and in some cases even earlier.  Your invitation designer should be able to clarify this for your specific event. One thing to note: Make sure you are not sending them out too early.  In the past we have had some local weddings, with almost all local guests, with a bride who wants to mail them out 3 months before the wedding....We say STOP right there!!  If you mail them out too soon most people will not RSVP right away, or ever.  They will sit that fancy invite down thinking I have no idea if I can attend 3 months from now, I have plenty of time to decide and respond.  Well that fancy invite will get lost, buried and forgotten about and that RSVP will never come.  No one wants to have to call half the guest list! Timing is everything...

Well, we hope you enjoyed this installment of Wedding Tip Tuesday.  Hoping to get a few more events on the blog the next couple weeks for your enjoyment....still MANY to post.