As designers and printers, here at LeftMedia we work with a lot of brides-to-be to make exquisite wedding stationery that is the perfect fit for their special day. Don’t underestimate the importance of wedding stationery, as it can set the tone for the whole day. So if you’re looking into getting the right stationery for your big day, whether it’s invitations, seating plans, table names or favours, here are our top tips to ensure you get exactly what you are looking for.
If you think about it, your invitation is going to be your guests first look at what your wedding style is going to be, so you need to get it right. As well as listing all the relevant information such as the date, time and location, your invitation’s style speaks a whole lot more. It will hint at how formal your wedding is going to be and whether it’s classic, glam, sophisticated or modern.
Your colours will probably tie-in with your theme, but that doesn’t have to be necessarily so. Whether you go for the traditional ivory, cream or white invitations or divide to be bolder and add in some dashes of more vibrant colours, always keep in mind readability. Your guests need to be able to see the information clearly.
A good printer will always be upfront about costs. At LeftMedia our pricing structure is simple and transparent, which helps brides-to-be get the maximum value for their money. Ensure that whoever you are using is also clear about costs, it makes things a lot easier for you at this stressful time!
Why? Because it will save you money in the long run. If for whatever reason you need to print extra after the initial print run, it will be more expensive. You may need to resend some invitations and some people, especially your and your partner’s mums, will want to have some as keepsakes.
It may add to your expenses, but adding a stamped, self addressed envelope makes it easy for people to RSVP to your invitation. There’s nothing more stressful than not having exact numbers for a wedding, so make it as easy as possible for guests to let you know whether they are attending or not.
Shaped wedding invitations
Traditionally, all wedding invitations tend to be the same shape, but that’s not to say they have to be like that. More and more couples are experimenting with different shapes and sizes, such as circular, square or more irregular shapes. Whichever shape you choose, just keep in mind the effect that this might have on postage, especially if you’ll be posting to a lot of guests.
With all the thought put into the colours, theme and design of invitations and stationery, it’s easy to forget the text itself. If you’re a bit stuck as to what to put, here at LeftMedia we always let our clients look at a variety of examples, which lets our clients choose the right words for their invite.
Before your invitation order is printed, your printer should send you a proof, either by email or a hard copy. This needs to be checked over by yourself and several friends and family members. Make sure you are happy with absolutely everything before you sign them off to be printed.
When ordering your invitations, don’t forget to order your other wedding stationery too. By ordering your thank you notes, programs and menu cards at the same time, you’ll not just save yourself money but time too. It’s also a good way to ensure that all your wedding stationery has a cohesive look.
If you’d like some more advice on the printing of wedding stationery, call us on 0161 908 7695