This Money Saving Monday is all about invitations and save-the-date cards; an area the often brings with it unforeseen expenses. Many brides struggle with choosing to stick with classic formalities or go more of a modern route. In both invitations and save-the-dates the classic mistake usually comes with the amount that you order. Ordering too many or not enough both hold unwanted expenses. Remember when ordering invitations; every family gets their own and anyone over the age of eighteen gets their own. Knowing your invitation count will also help you to comparison shop easier as well.
Another mistake that can add up in your budget is ordering your invitations too early. Shoot for four to six months before the wedding, this way the details for time, location and date are as final as possible. Also, when sending in your order, have not only you, but a second pair of eyes look at the text. One typo can be a costly mistake adding hundreds in revision fees. To really cover all your bases check what their return policy is in case anything else may be out of sorts.
The trend currently is all about making your own. With better quality printers now in households, if you do not have a great one, a family member or friend will. Take advantage of this! Wedding invites set the tone for your wedding, giving your guests a hint at the theme and style. Making invitations yourself gives you complete control in the decision making process. But be careful not to fall in love with expensive card stock, set a budget for yourself before you go to the store and stick to it!
Here are a few extra tips to be a aware of when dealing with your invites, save-the-dates or thank yous:
-Do not use printed return of address labels. Even in today’s time they are not considered appropriate, hand write it!
-Skip the expensive bridal thank yous from a stationery company, generic thank yous can still be elegant and will save you big time.
-Be sure to send your invites out early enough that you will receive responses several weeks before your wedding. Why? Do not forget the caterer. They require a final count and any changes at the last minute will cost you!
-Traditional save-the-dates are optional! Using websites that your family can visit about your wedding are a fun way to make them interact. Also, another trick is to send out your invitations earlier, twelve weeks before, giving your family plenty of time to make arrangements.
Happy planning and remember, everyone deserves their dream wedding at their dream budget.