Picking out your stationery is one of the most important tasks of wedding planning. The invitation gives your guests a glimpse into the festivities to come, plus all the need-to-know-info. There are some things you should pay special attention to before signing off on those invites.
Mistake #1: Trying to incorporate every aspect of the wedding into the invitation design
While it’s good to give your stationery a personal element (like including an illustration of your venue’s amazing chandelier), less really is more. In other words, while you may love the lace pattern of your dress, the architectural elements of your venue and your floral arrangements equally, you can’t include all of these in the same design. Instead, work with your stationer to choose one.
Mistake #2: Missing typos
Ask your grammatically inclined friends to look over the invitation proof and read it carefully. You’d be surprised at what you could miss. We’ve actually heard about a bride who accidentally spelled her groom’s name wrong and didn’t notice until the invitations were printed and shipped out to guests (even though the bride and groom and both their parents reviewed and approved the proof). Take a note from copy editors and read from right to left so you don’t accidentally gloss over a mistake.
Mistake #3: Using too much colour
We’re all about making invites pop with bold and bright colours (think: a yellow chevron pattern or pink dahlia motif), but don’t get carried away. Always balance bright colours with something neutral, and make sure the text is visible.
Mistake #5: Giving guests too much time to reply
Give guests too much time to say “attending” or “not attending,” and chances are those RSVP cards will get lost. Set the deadline no more than three or four weeks after they get the invitation.
Written by: The knot