One of the most personal and important choices you will make when planning your wedding is your wedding invitation. When you are distracted and dazzled by all of the other happenings going on around you, it is easy to lose sight of exactly what type of invitation you need to choose. This time can be extremely challenging and finding ways to “shortcut” your to do list can often times seem daunting. An option many couples are choosing today is to purchase wedding invitation kits which not only can save you a bundle, but actually make it easy for you to make your own invitations and add that personal touch to your special day.
When shopping for the perfect kits there are some things you need to keep in mind to make it a successful plan for both yourself and your guests.
1. Set aside time to shop. Yes, this may seem like a no brainer but when planning a wedding, nothing is a no-brainer. There is so much on your plate, the time seems to fly by and often things catch up to you in a way you had not planned. So it is important to mark time on your calendar to do nothing but shop for your kits. The internet offers a large array of on-line retailers who offer a large variety of choices of wedding invitation kits and many retailers such as Walmart and Target have a nice variety directly off of the shelf. There are printable kits, diy kits and some are already pre-printed and ready to go, depending on personal preference. If you go the on-line route, remember that ordering early will ensure you get your invitations in plenty of time to add your own special touches and to be sure that they fit the bill. If there is a problem or issue, you will be able to adjust and make changes without causing yourself undue stress.
2. Know your color scheme and type of affair. Once you have set aside the time, make sure you know exactly what it is you are looking for in the way of an invitation. In other words, is your wedding formal and fancy or casual? Is your color scheme pink and white or hunter green and chocolate brown? Knowing these things ahead of time will help tremendously when shopping.
3. Set aside a budget. Although wedding invitation kits are much more budget friendly than professionally printed invitations, you can still spend a pretty penny on the “extras” if you haven’t set aside a dollar amount for the invites. The whole purpose of choosing kits is usually twofold
a). You want to be involved in every aspect of the design, wording and outcome
b). You want to save money and cut costs without losing the beauty and elegance of your invitation
So knowing these 2 things are paramount to understanding exactly what it is you want to spend when starting to shop for your kits. Some things to consider when shopping are the type of card; do you want a single panel card only or are you looking for a more elegant touch by embellishing your invitation with vellum. Do you plan to print your own and add the reception information directly on the invite or have the traditional separate reception card? Do you want special seals, stamps, embellishments? All of the little extras and embellishments cost so just be sure you know what it is you are looking to spend.
4. Give your guests enough time to respond. Sometimes when preparing your own invitations you get so caught up in the design, shopping and wording you forget to be sure the project can be finished early enough to allow the guests time to respond. Remember, once the invitation is complete, you still need to stuff, address and seal the envelopes. Be sure to allot time for the back end of the invitation. Wedding invitations should be mailed out 8 weeks in advance of the wedding day. Many people need more time than that to make travel arrangements. If your budget allows, a “save the date” card can be sent anywhere from 4 to 12 months prior to the date so that might be a good option depending on your circumstances.
The most important thing to remember when shopping for your wedding invitation kits is to plan ahead before jumping into the water. Shopping without having a goal in mind is similar to getting in your car and driving without a destination. Creating your own wedding invitations is probably one of the most personal and exciting things you will do when planning a wedding. Make it fun and stress free so that the process is an enjoyable one and the end result is exactly as planned.