Bride’s Eye View – Invitation Mistakes to Avoid

There are so many details associated with planning a wedding, and for those of us who aren’t detail oriented by nature (and yes, I fall squarely into that category) it can be overwhelming.  In my case, mistakes have been – and probably will continue to be – made, but it’s my hope that by sharing what I’ve learned, I can help others avoid the same pitfalls.  That’s why I’m sharing the (easily avoided) mistakes I made when I ordered my invitations – you’re welcome!

I was lucky enough to have my gorgeous invitations designed in-house at a wonderful independent copy shop called Paradise Copies in my hometown of Northampton, Massachusetts.  They created a beautiful and unique invitation from scratch, and I was absolutely thrilled with the final product – I wouldn’t change a thing about about it, but the following is what I would do differently, if I had the chance.

Print a Hard Copy of Your Text

I wrote up what I wanted printed the invitations, and like the (stupid) millennial I am, I didn’t print it out before I came into the shop, assuming I could access the document on my phone.  When I went to pull up the document on Google Docs, it wouldn’t load, thanks to my crappy cell phone service.  It took an extra half hour to rewrite the text by memory, and it was a pain in the butt. Don’t make the same mistake: bring a printed copy with you, just in case!

Make Sure Invitations are Delivered Unsealed

Paradise Copies went above and beyond to be accommodating and make things easy for us, which I appreciated immensely.  So, when we picked up the invitations, they had all been sealed and were ready to be stamped and sent – awesome time saver, and a good way to avoid licking a million envelopes, right? Wrong. We realized after stamping all of the invitations that we also needed stamp the envelopes included within the invitations for the RSVP cards.  We then had to request reprinted envelopes, open every single invitation, and restuff and restamp them.  Oh well, you live and you learn, right?

Weigh the Invitation to ensure proper postage

Here’s where it gets really good: we realized as we were opening the many envelopes and restuffing them that it was a blessing in disguise: we hadn’t thought to bring our invitation be weighed at the post office before putting stamps on, and every single one of those invitations would’ve been sent back for insufficient postage if we hadn’t had to open and restuff them. Can you imagine? Potential disaster: averted.

While none of these reminders are particularly earth-shattering, they are the type of details that are easily overlooked in the wake of a never-ending To Do list. One last thing: stay strong, stay calm, and remember – it’s all going to be worth it in the end!

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