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When To Send Out Invitations
Typically, save-the-dates are sent six-eight months before an event. Most wedding invitations are mailed six-eight weeks prior to the event to give guests plenty of time to make travel arrangements and organise their schedules. If you’re having a destination wedding, invitations should be sent three months ahead of time.
When To Make The RSVP Deadline
The RSVP deadline should be two to three weeks before the wedding date to allow you to finalise your seating chart and give a final head count to the caterers. If some guests still haven’t responded by your deadline, give them a quick call and ask for their RSVPs.
When To Start Ordering
Aim to order your invitations when your wedding guest list is final, about three to four months before. If you are proceeding through our Bespoke Service you should contact us as soon as possible. We do not need to know all the details before starting the creative process.
How Many Invitations To Order
You will not need an invitation per guest as the invitations usually go out per couple or per family. Start by counting each couple (living together or married), each family (including children under 18) and single guests. Make sure to count invites for the officiant, the photographer (for them to shoot) and for keepsakes and last minute guests. After this initial count is made it is advisable to add on an extra 10% for B-lists and/or forgotten guests.
Your guests’ names should be written in full on the outer envelope, no nicknames or initials. Use the appropriate social titles as well. Spell out all words in full. Rather than “St,” “P.O. Box,” and “Apt,” use “Street,” “Post Office Box,” and “Apartment.” Invited children’s first names appear under the parent’s names. (Invited children over 18 or older still dwelling with their parents should receive separate invitations). If you are allowing single guests to bring a plus one you would say by adding “and guest” to their title and surname.
An explanation of the different printing and finishing methods we use:
Digital printing or “flat printing” is done by printing straight from a high resolution digital file. No plate or block is required meaning it is an effective method for smaller print quantities and allows for any number of colours to be printed at the same time. Our designs are printed using a very high quality digital press. We are committed to providing a superior quality finish and use luxurious paper stocks usually reserved for letterpress printing or embossing.
Letterpress printing is a centuries old art form and one of the most exquisite forms of printing available. Type or artwork are embedded directly into the paper, creating a textured, tactile feel. Letterpress printing requires great skill, craftsmanship, and the utmost attention to detail. Most of the process is done by hand and is very time consuming. Every print is unique and you may notice subtle changes in inking, colour and impression throughout the print run. This is a natural part of the process and is one of the things that makes letterpress so loved. Letterpress work is crisper than offset or digital because of its impression into the paper, giving greater visual definition to the type and artwork. As a printing block is required for each colour, letterpress work is usually limited to one or two colours.
Wood printing is done on a a thin piece of wood using a high quality digital printing press. There are two variations, Birch is a light coloured wood and Cherry is a darker more red toned wood. They contain no additives, chemicals or water. If you choose to print on wood, your purchase will enable a tree to be planted in your honour in a non-harvesting area.
Gold Foil Stamping
Gold foil stamping is a specialised printing process that uses heat and pressure to embellish the surface of an item. A die must first be manufactured, this is usually a metal plate with the reversed image raised from the surface (like a stamp). This is then pressed using heat to the foil making it permanently adhere to the surface below leaving the design of the die. The result is a shiny metallic finish which adds a very regal, decadent feel to stationery.