How to Order Wedding Invitations
When to Order Wedding Invitations
Ideally, invitations should be ordered three to six months before your wedding date. At the very minimum, they can be ordered six weeks before your wedding, but this does not allow for mailing early to out of town guests or any errors. Invitations should be mailed six weeks before your wedding or eight weeks for out-of-town guests or if your wedding falls near a holiday.
Calculate Invitation Quantity
After you have completed your guest list, order one per couple or family, plus at least ten extra for additions to your list and for keepsakes. Friends living at the same address should have an invitations sent separately to each of them.
Select Wedding Invitations
Search by wedding theme; modern, classic, rustic, glamorous, vintage, spring, summer, fall, winter or browse by your main wedding color. You can also search by keyword for a specific theme (sunflower, irish, vineyard, etc.). View wedding invitation ideas blog for inspiration based on the latest fashion and bridal trends. Next choose if you will be printing them yourself or diy (do-it-yourself) or if you would like them printed.
Order DIY Invitations
Order unique do it yourself invitation kits, which include pre-cut heavyweight background cards, printable overlays, keepsake embellishments and envelopes. These diy invitations were designed to be made easily with tried, tested and ready-to-go supplies. The overlay is provided in standard-size 8.5×11 sheets for easy printing (no tiny or odd-size papers to feed) …just download the free invitation template, print and cut. View the step-by-step instructions for how to make invitations with videos, for each invitation style offered.
As an alternative to the diy kits, you can create your own unique announcement by mixing and matching blank invitation supplies; choose from over 50 heavyweight background cards, translucent vellum or opaque white printable overlays, and from over 200 embellishments. Finish with premium envelopes plus any tools, adhesives, clip art or reply cards.
Order Custom Printed Invitations
No time to diy? Order layered invitations and corresponding cards printed to your specifications in matte black ink. There are two steps for ordering custom printed layered invitations:
- Select layered invitations kits or mix and match invitation supplies to create your own combination.
- Add the Printing Option; click on under kit options to specify your wedding invitation wording, fonts and illustrations, plus add envelope printing, corresponding cards and/or assembly if desired. After your order is received a proof will be emailed within two business days, your order will not be printed until the proof is approved. Printed invitations ship in two to five business days after approval.
For personalized full color invitation cards, order custom printed cards. Select from the distinctive collection of designs and substitute a color, font or illustration, or use your own photos or artwork at no extra charge. Add a backing card, available in rich solids or metallics, for added dimension and weight. After your order is received, a proof will be emailed to you for approval. Printed cards ship five business days after approval.
Assembling, Addressing and Mailing your Wedding Invitations
According to proper wedding etiquette, wedding invitation envelopes should be hand-addressed with the guests’ names. It might be tempting to use generic computer labels, but they can never match the care that has gone into hand-addressing the envelope. Setting up and feeding individual envelopes into the printer is another option, but this can be difficult and time consuming, plus it has a business-like feel, instead of a personal look, which is desired for this special announcement.
If two envelopes are being used, the smaller inner envelope is addressed with only the guest(s) name, such as “Mr. and Mrs. Grant Thompson” “Miss Johnson and Guest”. The outer envelope is addressed with the guest’s full name and address. Avoid using abbreviations for streets and cities. When assembling your invitations, the reply card with stamped envelope or reply postcard should be on top, then the reception card, then the invitation. If two envelopes are used, all of the enclosures are placed in the inner envelope face up. The inner envelope is placed (unsealed) in the outer envelope, with the flap facing back so that your guest sees his or her name upon opening.
Before stamping, bring a sample of the completed invitations to the post office to determine the correct postage. Invitations should be mailed four weeks before your wedding or six weeks for out-of-town guests or if your wedding falls near a holiday.