- Sending your invites out late
Many couples tend to put a lot of emphasis on booking their venue, caterers, musicians etc very early on but totally forget to liaise with a wedding stationery supplier. The problem with this is your chosen supplier may not be available if you head to them at the very last minute, and of course your guests don’t get the information they require on time, which means they may or may not be available. (Check out our post on when is the best time to send out your wedding invites?)
- Not having a budget in mind
As with any product, you can go in at the basic level or opt for something very high end. A good stationery supplier will have a good range for you to choose from and should be able to provide something for all budgets (within reason). If you give your supplier a good indication of budget from the start then it will save you both a lot of time in the long run as they will only show you items that are within reach.
- Not putting together a guest list
One of the first things you need to do before going to see a wedding stationery supplier is work out how many invitations you need and how many extra inserts you require, if any at all. If you know your numbers then you’ll have a better indication of your budget per card. Remember you don’t need an invite per guest; your numbers will vary depending on whether you have more singletons, families or couples at your event.
- Not proof-reading your text
When you get sent your proofs, don’t just check the colours and the design, make sure you double and triple check the text. Textual changes can be both tiresome and time consuming. While a typo here or there is fine, try and ensure you’re happy with the final text before you send it across to your supplier as constant delays may result in missing your print deadline.
- Not personalising your design
The major plus point of going to a bespoke wedding stationery supplier is that you can design your card the exact way you want it. Don’t be afraid to share your ideas with your supplier. You can be as imaginative as you like. Even if you opt to have an existing design, a good supplier should be happy to change basic details like colour and font for you. Be wary of any that don’t. Also, try and stick to a theme. For example, if your caterer is providing menu cards, ask if they would be happy to design them through your selected supplier to ensure it’s all matching!