6 Wedding Invitation Planning Pitfalls to Avoid

Categories Wedding Planning + Wedding Stationery

Planning your wedding invitation suite should be a breeze, right? Well, it can be as stress free as possible–if you avoid the major planning mistakes that have the potential of putting you behind schedule and off-budget. Simply put, wedding invitation planning takes time and consideration!

Below are 6 common pitfalls to avoid while planning your wedding stationery. But alas, even if you’ve fallen into one pit or another, here are few ladders to help you climb out!

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6 Wedding Invitation Planning Pitfalls {& how to avoid them!}

#1. Not taking advantage of giveaways & discounts!

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#2. Failing to get organized ASAP!

Staying organized is huge! It’s so easy to get lost in a sea of to-do’s and end up feeling overwhelmed at the end of a day. It has been said that if you’re organized, you’ll be able to actually enjoy the wedding planning process. Get organized–from wherever you’re at in the planning process … to the moment you say, “I Do.”

Download our free wedding planning checklist.

 

#3. Not ordering samples before you buy!

Getting samples {preferably free!} is a huge part of of feeling confident in your wedding purchases. From color to quality to customer care–you want to feel confident with the company you are purchasing from. So, visit those venues, samples those sweets and investigate those invitations!

#4. Not having your invite suite weighed at the Post Office! 

Did you know that the Post Office charges more for a square shape? Another reason to take your samples {that you’ve requested} to the post office for an accurate postage rate. Bring all of your pieces in–including your envelope–to get a handle on your postage costs for each invite you send. No surprises please!

More budget-saving info:
7 ideas for saving $ on your Save the Dates

 

#5. Not paying attention to certain etiquette!

Etiquette does matter! And while the reigns have loosened quite a bit, there are elements you want to get right: adults only invite wording, wedding gift etiquette, military and professional titles to name a few … Paying attention to the details will help your guests feel cared for and appreciated.

Visit our etiquette resources and look over and pull out that which pertains to your unique situation.

#6. Not proofing your invitation & suite items!

You wouldn’t believe how easy it is to overlook a misspelled name {even yours!}, an incorrect web address, a date that doesn’t match up … It happens. All the time. Those easy misspells and pesky grammar rules are easily overlooked but by taking your time and paying attention, you’ll avoid those awful proofing omissions. Our advice: check. Check. RECHECK!

This post contains a helpful Proofreading Checklist for Wedding Invitations.

*And after you’ve checked, checked and rechecked–that’s the time to get 1-2 more detail-oriented family and friends to help you proof it again!

 

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Proofreading Checklist for Wedding Invitations

Categories Resources + Wedding Stationery

Congratulations! You’re almost there … finish strong by full-proofing your wedding invitation. Below are 6 crucial proofing areas to help you set the tone–error free. Since no one knows the details of your big day like you do, be sure to embrace the idea of proofing your suite items with care and consideration!

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Proofreading Your Wedding Invitations & Suite Items

6 Crucial Areas

 

1. First, get a printed proof!
It’s so much easier to proof a printed piece than one on your monitor. And, holding your invitation and suite items in hand will help you to be confident in your colors, design, and paper choice.

Did you know: MagnetStreet offers the ability to get Just One® of your invitation and suite items–fully personalized and printed.

 

2. Proof punctuation & grammar  
Double check:

  • all spellings–including your names!
  • ceremony & reception
  • street addresses
  • city & state
  • web addresses
  • dates & times
  • singular vs. plural {correct: a block of room has been reserved {singular}}

Most common mistakes we see: misspells & misuse of punctuation, not adding a space after a comma i.e. July 12,2014, adding extra spaces, wedding day and date aren’t the same, wrong-facing quotation marks on wedding programs {See invitation wording examples}

 

3. Proof for consistency!

  • color consistency between suite items
  • type size consistency
  • font types & size consistencies
  • wording consistencies i.e. honour/honor and favour/favor

 Most common mistakes we seecolor inconsistency between backgrounds {esp. white and/or ivory},  font and wording inconsistencies {See wedding program wording ideas}

 

4. Proof for Readability!

  • Is your text easily read?
  • Is your type size big enough? Too big?
  • script fonts in all caps are difficult to read

Most common mistakes we seelight text on light background, dark text on dark background, script fonts in all caps

 

5. Proof Photo Quality!

  • use only hi-quality/hi-res photos!
  • check for blurriness
  • Does your photo fit the frame?

Most common mistakes we see: pixelated/poor quality photos, photos not properly fitting the allotted frame/space {Read about: using digital images for print}

 

6. Proof styling & graphic elements!

  • text and design elements are properly aligned
  • centering
  • proper spacing between lines/words
  • proper line breaks
  • type is too close to designs elements or the edge
  • opening or ending word{s}/lines of text that appear by themselves because they got separated from their paragraphs

Most common mistakes we see: improper centering and spacing between lines

 

Check. Check. Recheck! One of the best proofing tips we have–is to enlist the help of trusted family and friends to assist you with proofing your wedding invitation and suite items!

What would you add to this proofing checklist?

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5 Wedding Invitation Etiquette Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

Categories Wedding Stationery

Wedding invitation etiquette is tricky business. Although “etiquette” is loosely defined these days, there are still a few no-nos.
Here are 5:

Wedding invitation etiquette + yellow and gray invitations from MagnetStreet

1. Failure to include an RSVP deadline
Of paramount importance, the RSVP deadline lets you plan your reception seating and menu with ease. No waste! Your caterer will know how much food to prepare and you won’t waste time on seating preparations nor money on uneaten food.

Guest tip: SEND IN YOUR RSVP ASAP.

2. Including gift registry information on your wedding invitation
Still not cool. Although helpful for your guests to know your likes and wants, it’s still considered taboo wording for the invite. Even though everyone usually brings a gift, it shouldn’t seem expected.

Tip: Add gift registry info to your wedding website.

3. Not giving guests an idea of dress code
Guests want to know how to dress. So, keep this in mind as you personalize your wedding invitation. Express the mood, tone and attire through your design, colors, fonts and wording. If it doesn’t seem obvious that your playfully-worded, coral and celery green color scheme is not indicative of your casual wedding {and you really do want guests to come in flip-flops} then include a simple “casual attire” at the bottom of your invite.

4. Not trying to find out the titles, relationships and names of your guests
Details really do matter! They may not tell you, but guests will indeed appreciate that their hard-earned professional title is included and that their name {and their plus one’s name!} is properly spelled on the envelope. Just do your best!

5. Failure to properly address the wedding invitation envelope
Tricky indeed. A shout-out for singles, plus-ones and adults-only envelope wording. The envelope is your communication tool–it should properly state who is invited and imply who is not.

Specific blog posts dealing with envelope and invite wording:

Do you have an etiquette question you like answered? Tell us in the comments.

 

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Giveaway Alert: Win Your Thank You Cards

Categories Wedding Stationery

Have you entered MagnetStreet’s giveaway to win 150 personalized Thank Yous yet? Oh yes, they’re free alright! We’re talking any style, any design–personalized with your photos, colors, fonts–to coordinate with your wedding invitations. So don’t wait another minute…

Enter giveaway on Facebook. Good luck, friends!

Personalized wedding Thank You Cards from MagnetStreet

April is National Letter Writing Month. That said, I challenge each of us to take up our pens and write a letter to someone every day for the rest of the month. Getting an actual letter in the mail is the best!

Wording Helps
And if you need some help with wording your Thank You Cards, this article on the etiquette of writing out Thank Yous combined with the 11 tips below should help.

11 Tips on Writing Thank Yous:

  • send a thank you within 2 weeks of receiving the gift
  • be sincere
  • check for spelling and grammar errors
  • both bride and groom should share in writing thank yous
  • order extras!
  • everyone who sends a gift, should receive a thank you
  • mention the gift in your thank you and how you’ll use it
  • use your guest list {with addresses} to keep track of who gave what
  • write out your thank yous in a comfy place
  • invest in a high quality pen
  • remember to include your wedding party, parents, officiant, and even your wedding pros

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