I have lots of conversations with couples about personalised handmade wedding invites and stationery. It’s surprising how many don’t realise they can order or book in their invitations and stationery with relatively little detail about exactly what and how many of each they need. I always encourage my couples to book productions slots for personalised invitations and stationery as early as they can, to ensure I reserve the time in my schedule. This can be up to two years ahead of the big day. You don’t need to have all the details for your invites & stationery finalised in order to do this though. Early on in your wedding planning it’s more about finding someone who you feel excited about working with and that can make the style of stationery that you like. Here are a few of the things you DON’T need to know before ordering personalised wedding invites and stationery.
1. You don’t need to know the exact colour scheme before booking in personalised handmade wedding invites and stationery
Colour scheme doesn’t generally affect the cost of your personalised wedding invitations and stationery. Whether I print floral style invitations in pink. Blue or green has no bearing on the price of them. Now, there are some details that will, for example if you wanted a non-standard ribbon colour, or a custom shade of envelope. But, this wouldn’t stop you being able to order with me. I will be able to give you a price for different options and you would only need to confirm the colour once you’ve made up your mind.
2. You don’t need to know the exact numbers of invitations or other stationery items before booking in with me.
I price all my personalised handmade wedding invites and stationery in ‘eaches’. I believe you should be able to order the exact quantity you need (including a few spares of course) be that 23 or 107. To book in your order I just need a best estimate of how many of each item you’re likely to need, so about 50 or around 75 is good enough. Only once you approve your proofs and I’m ready to print will you need to confirm the exact numbers required. That’s when I’ll invoice your for the balance due.
3. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t settled on the exact wording for your personalised handmade wedding invites
Chances are that, a year to 18 months before your big day you won’t be 100% sure about all the details that need to go into your personalised wedding invites. But it doesn’t matter. When I book in your order all I need to know is the approximate number and style (pocketfold, concertina or flat) of invitation you’d like so that I can block out the production time in my schedule and begin to plan materials. We’ll finalise all the printing details around 6 weeks before you actually need them.
4. I won’t need the names for your table plan or place cards when you book in your personalised invites
While you might have a good idea of the names you hope will be at your wedding, it’s impossible to be 100% sure until much nearer the time. As with invitations, the only details I need to know to book in your order are the approximate numbers and pieces of stationery that you need. For example; about 100 place cards, 10 menus and a table plan. Once you get all your replies back and know exactly who is coming you’ll finalise these details with me and it might become 97 place cards, 11 menus and a table plan. It’s these final numbers that you will be invoiced for (around 6-8 weeks before the wedding) and the names that you give me then are what will be printed.
So there you are, 4 things you don’t need to know before you get in touch to order your personalised wedding invitations and stationery with me. In the earlier stages of wedding planning it’s all about getting the suppliers you want to work with on board and getting your name and date in their diary. To recap, I don’t need to know: exact numbers, exact wording or exact design to book a production slot for you, or even to give you an approximate price. I will only need to confirm the design before I give you a firm price. Then numbers, printing and colour scheme details can all be finalised just before I start making.
If you are looking for a handy checklist of what wedding invitations and stationery you might need for your big day, head over and get my free download HERE.
You might also like to read about why I often can’t answer your question – How much do personalised wedding invites cost?
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