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Specializing in customized stationery from occasional invites to business cards, UpperCase Designs is where sleek and sophistication meet. Whether it’s a wedding or a thank you, special dates to everyday, let me make every moment count with customized invitations, note cards, announcements, photocards, and professional stationery fit to your specific needs.

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Most Common Wedding Invitation Mistakes

Kelly Henry

Most Common Wedding Invitation Mistakes // Uppercase Designs

Bad mistakes, I’ve made a few…is not a song lyric you want to be quoting after ordering your wedding invitations. As one of the most vitally important parts of your wedding, your invitations hold need-to-know information (like when and where you’re getting married) and they give your guests a glimpse into what to expect from your overall wedding aesthetic. Mistakes happen but with the proper amount of preparation, there’s no need to fall victim to common invitation pitfalls we see time and time again. Consider the following Most Common Wedding Invitation Mistakes so you can avoid them yourself.

MISSPELLINGS

When it comes to wedding invitations, don’t expect autocorrect to save you from all typos. Even spell check can’t always catch grammatical errors. Read over your invitations multiple times and take special care to double check the spelling of names. Involve your fiance, parents, or friends in reading the proofs so everyone can be on the lookout for mistakes. If you’re working with an invitation designer don’t assume they will serve as your copy editor. While they may be able to fix obvious mistakes, they won’t know the difference if you misspell a name.

NOT ORDERING ENOUGH

Having to order more invitations is not a good position to be in. Not only will it add unneeded stress to get the extra invitations to your guests on time, going back to print will cost you. Save yourself the trouble and order 15-20 percent more invitations than your guest list requires. You may need to resend invites that get lost in the mail, or you may want to invite additional guests that weren’t on your original guest list. We also recommend requesting extra envelopes, as addressing mistakes can happen.

FAILING TO TAKE THE ENTIRE AESTHETIC INTO CONSIDERATION

Remember to focus on your entire stationery suite and not just the wedding invitation. While the invitation will be the focus of your paper goods, the envelopes matter too. You can make a big impact on guests with stunning envelopes as it’s truly the very first thing they will see. Avoid using address labels that will cheapen the look of your invitations. There are so many options available for addressing your envelopes from printed envelopes to utilizing a stationer or calligrapher.

ORDERING TOO LATE

Ordering your save the dates or wedding invitations late will put undue stress on you and your invitation designer. If you’re sending out save-the-dates aim to have them sent to guests at least 6 months before the wedding. To determine when you need to send your invitations, Brides states “Look at your wedding date and count back eight weeks (for a non-destination wedding). This is the latest you should mail your invitations to give your guests enough time to RSVP and make any travel plans. Having a destination wedding? Count back 12 weeks so your guests don’t feel rushed and can shop around for the best travel prices.”

NOT TAKING PHOTOS OF YOUR STATIONERY SUITE

In all the preparation for the big day, it might not occur to you to have your wedding stationery suite available so your photographer can take photos of it. Some photographers may request you send them copies of your paper goods before the wedding day so they can capture the photos ahead of time. The invitation suite is a big part of your wedding and should be captured along with all the other important memories.

Avoid common wedding invitation mistakes by starting early, ordering extra invitations, and remember to proofread multiple times! Hiring an expert to design your wedding invitations can also greatly reduce the amount of work you will have to do navigating the ins and outs of wedding stationery etiquette and avoiding common mistakes.

photo by // Tim & Kylee Photography

Your First Wedding Stationery Meeting & What to Bring

Kelly Henry

You decided to hire a professional wedding stationery designer for your wedding invitations. Great choice! Your first meeting is scheduled with the designer - not sure what to bring with you, what questions will be asked, or what details you might forget during the meeting? Here are a few helpful tips to get you prepared for your first design consult.

Have a set wedding date and time.

I would suggest meeting with your stationery designer 6-7 months out from your wedding date. Your wedding invitations should be ordered 3-4 months in advance to allow time for assembly and addressing (I do offer assembly and addressing services to help assist in the process). Your wedding invitations should be mailed out 2 months prior to your wedding to allow adequate time for response cards to be returned.
Tip -  Will you be hosting a cocktail hour before the reception? You’ll want to note those details on the reception card.

Wedding venue secured.

The location for the ceremony and reception will help set the tone for your wedding. There are traditional request lines, one indicates the ceremony will be in a house of worship, the other that it will not.

Is your wedding formal or casual?

You don’t want your guests to show up at your wedding underdressed or overdressed for the event. Your invitation needs to reflect the formality of the event.

Wedding colors.

Please bring your wedding color swatch samples. This will help the designer determine the correct Pantone color match and coordinate paper samples.

The budget!

Often when I meet with brides they have no idea on a budget for their wedding invitations. This is so important, the last thing I want to do is show you print styles that are no where near your budget. I often present a good, better, best approach when my brides are not sure. This way the couple and parents can see and review the invitation costs. Most couples allocate 4-8% of their budget to paper details. Working with me, I will be able to guide your choices to help you stick to your budget.
Tip - Please don’t forget to include postage in your budget!

Quantity to order.

I often have couples tell me they are going to need 250 invitations when in reality they are inviting 250 guests. Make sure you understand the question and answer appropriately, this will affect your cost per invitation. My number one recommendation, order 5 - 10% extra invitations, if you have to put in for a reorder these will often cost you more due to the small reorder quantity.

Your wedding suite.

You will need to determine the appropriate pieces to include in your invitation suite. Possible stationery pieces include the invitation, a reception card if held at a different venue from the ceremony, a response card and accommodations card.

Envelopes.

Will you be sending inner and outer envelopes to your guest? (The inner envelope includes all guest names invited to the wedding, this is often omitted.) Do you prefer to have response cards returned in an envelope or would you like postcard style response cards? These are a few details to consider.

Addressing Envelopes.

Will you be hand addressing your envelopes? Some stationery designers do offer envelope printing. It is important to check on the preferred file formatting for this option with the stationer. Would you like to use a calligrapher for these services? Ask your stationery designer if they can refer a calligrapher.

What other stationery details do you need?

Wedding details always look so much more amazing if they are cohesive, using the same fonts, colors and paper. Check out It’s not just invitations blog for additional stationery ideas for your wedding day.

Your wedding stationery designer will walk you through all of the above points. Know your wedding style – using 3 to 4 words to describe your style. Share your favorite stationery pins from Pinterest at your meeting. This will help inspire the designer and have a better understanding of the look and style you are trying to achieve.

A stationery designer can help this process run more smoothly and make sure you stay on target with your timeline. This person will become an important part of your wedding professional team and can coordinate details with other professionals. After leaving your consult you will feel confident with the information shared and know if this designer is the right fit for your wedding.

 

Zoe's First Birthday Party

Kelly Henry

2014 has been very busy year for me, but I wanted to take a moment and blog about a recent custom design birthday party invitation. Crowning Celebrations designed and coordinated the event for Zoe's first birthday party with an adorable woodland theme. I created invitations, favor tags, message tag, and thank you note cards for the party. Cherry Lane Cakes made the adorable owl cakes. Check out these beautiful photos by JEM Photography.

It's Not Just Invitations

Kelly Henry

Most clients when they first contact me are struggling with where to start for their wedding invitations. Let me ask you, have you ever taken a step back and thought about the entire wedding stationery suite? There are so many stationery pieces you will or might need for your wedding day.

Where do you start?

Well, you’re engaged to the man or woman of your dreams - you set the date, committed to a ceremony and venue location, and now you’re ready to send out save the date cards. This is where some couples make their first mistake. They use any random, "affordable" website or make their own save the date cards (if you have a design background this is completely acceptable). Here’s your opportunity to contact a stationer NOW to coordinate your entire wedding stationery suite from start to finish.

The stationer can help you determine the stationery pieces you will need for your entire event. Be prepared, there will be small details that come up along the way, but he or she will give you the opportunity to really think about the items you can incorporate for your day. This will help you set a budget and think about where and how your money will be spent on stationery.

Before the Wedding

Save the Dates
Engagement Party Invitations
Bridal Shower Invitations
Bridal Shower Thank You Cards

Wedding Invitation Suite

Invitation
Reception Card
Response Card
Accommodations and Directions Card

Wedding Day

Wedding Program
Escort Cards | Place Cards
Table Numbers
Dinner and Drink Menus
Candy and Buffet Station Tags/Cards

After the Wedding

Thank you card
Wedding Announcement Cards
Change of Address

Optional Stationery

Welcome Bag Informational Cards - Wedding Day timeline, Local places to visit for long weekend stays
Directional Signs
Get Away Vehicle Sign
Favor Tags or Stickers
Photo Booth Signs

Custom Welcome Bag Itinerary Card

This list is just to help you get started in the right direction. When planning your wedding think of ways you can tie in your stationery pieces further. I have done custom cigar bands, vinyl decal signage to dress up a mirror, dance floor or entrance door, and drink straw tags, just to name a few.