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Wedding Planning – 10 Top Tips You Will Need to Know When Choosing Your Wedding Invites

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Nothing makes it seem more real than receiving your dream wedding invites and delivering them to your guests. This is the first glimpse into the style or theme of your wedding day. Before you can send your wedding invites, there are a few things to consider first. Style, wording, colours, timescales can all seem like endless and overwhelming decisions. Well it doesn’t have to be. Here are few handy tips to get you started.

1. Do you want to send save the dates before your wedding invites?

Save the date cards are sent before wedding invites and are usually sent within a month or two of setting your wedding date and confirming your venue. This is essentially alerting your guests to the fact that they are going to be invited to your wedding and that they should mark the date in their calendars. However, they certainly aren’t mandatory and it does also mean that you need to have your guest list confirmed at the very early stages of your wedding planning.

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2. Define your wedding style or theme

When you are planning your wedding, before you can even think about your wedding invites, you will need to decide on a theme or style for your day. This will also help to determine the formality of your wedding. Pinterest is a great place to start when looking for inspiration. Whatever style or theme you choose, your wedding invites should reflect that. This is the first glimpse your guests will have into your wedding day giving them a taste of what is to come!

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3. Choose your wedding colours

Choosing your colour scheme is really important when creating your style. Your chosen colours will need to flow through your decor, flowers, cake, bridesmaids dresses etc. Often the time of year can help with choosing your colours such as Spring fresh pastels or Autumnal rich berry tones. Choose colours you are comfortable with and don’t feel compelled to use the latest trend colours. For example, neon yellow might not be your thing!!

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4. How many wedding invites do you need?

The most common mistake that people make when counting up their numbers for wedding invites, is to count the number of guests. Generally your guests will be in couples or families. Therefore as a rough gauge, you will probably require approximately half the amount of wedding invites to the number of guests. This is always a very welcome surprise when my clients realise their invitation bill just halved! Always order a few spare in case you have missed somebody off your list.

5. Choosing the right wedding invite format for you

Wedding invites come in all shapes, sizes and styles. Pocketfolds, bundles, flat cards, wallets etc. I bet you are confused now right?! The first thing to decide is the design style that you like the appearance of. Perhaps you like wedding invites with belly bands or invitations with a safe place such as a pocket to keep all of the extra information. Once you have chosen a design style, then you need to think about the amount of extra information you want to provide your guests. If it is simply the venue, time and date, then a flat card may be suitable for you. If you would like to add inserts with information such as accommodation, gifts and an RSVP, then a pocketfold of some description may be more appropriate.

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6. Consider your budget

The price of a wedding invite can vary dramatically. If you have a budget that you need to stick to, then this will determine your choices. However invitations can often be adjusted to suit your budget whether it needs to be simplified to reduce the cost without altering the quality or perhaps the embellishments and finishing need to be enhanced for something more luxurious. 

7. Wedding invite samples

Wedding invites can look very beautiful on a screen, especially when the images have been taken in a studio setting with perfect lighting and carefully chosen props. It is often very difficult to show the true colours and textures of an invitation in a photo. The feel and weight of an invitation is also very important, especially if you are looking for something luxurious. Therefore, my advice would be to order a sample before making your final decision.

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8. What information should I include?

Wedding invites are first and foremost a means of information for your guests. The couples names, wedding date and venue are of course vital information. Reply details are also of great importance so that your guests can inform you of their acceptance. You may choose to keep your invitations simple and only include the essential details. Alternatively you may choose to inform your guests about local accommodation or taxi companies particularly if your guests do not know the area local to your wedding venue. You may have a gift list or would prefer money towards a honeymoon or house renovation. Some couples like to offer their guests a choice of menu for the wedding breakfast which also needs to be included in the wedding invites. For more information on what to include in your wedding invitations, please read more HERE.

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9. Book your wedding invite production slot early

As a wedding stationer my diary can fill up very quickly several months in advance. There are certain months of the year which can be more busy than others. It is advisable to book your production slot with your wedding stationer as soon as possible particularly for wedding invites. A production slot booking will secure your space in the diary even if you haven’t made a final decision on your chosen wedding stationery. Highly recommended.

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10. Ask for advice

Chances are, you have never done this before so choosing and ordering your wedding invitations and stationery can seem a little daunting initially. There is so much to choose from and consider but hopefully these tips will be a great help to you. I have been making wedding stationery since 2007 and I have lots of knowledge on this subject so please do ask for advice. No matter how trivial it may seem, I am here to help.

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Your wedding invitations and stationery journey should be smooth and effortless from design conception through to completion. This is an exciting part of your wedding planning journey as you finally get to share the first glimpses of your much anticipated wedding day with your guests. I dedicate my time to all of my clients so that I can offer you the best help and advice along the way to make this journey fun and enjoyable. Please get in touch to arrange a free zoom consultation or an informal chat by email or telephone.

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Handmade Wedding Invites – How Much do Handmade Wedding Invitations Cost?

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There is no simple answer. Handmade wedding invites can be as simple or as luxurious as you desire. The cost of a handmade wedding invite can vary dramatically and will depend on several contributing factors. The cost will also be determined by you as a couple and your preferences. This won’t just apply to your wedding invitations and stationery either!

The Type of Card Used to Make Your Wedding Invites

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There are many different types of card that can be used to make handmade wedding invites. A card with a higher GSM value is usually preferred as it will give a good quality and heavyweight feel to your invitations. There are also many varieties of special cards such as glitter, foil and handmade papers the cost of which will be considerably more than a plain card.

Printing Handmade Wedding Invites

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The cost of printing handmade wedding invitations includes not just the card, but the ink too. A good quality printer uses several individual colour inks and will be printing at the highest quality to achieve the best print for your invitations. This uses a lot of ink.

Embellishments and Ribbons

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If you are looking for a luxury handmade wedding invite, then embellishments and ribbons will definitely help to achieve a luxurious finish. I prefer to use the best quality ribbons to avoid the snagging and fraying that you get with a lower quality product. There are also many crystal or pearl embellishments which add a beautiful finish to your invitations but these can vary in cost from 50p up to several pounds.

How Much Information Needs to be Included?

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The amount of information you choose to give your guests will impact on the cost of your handmade wedding invites. All of my invitations collections have added information inserts with the option to add more should they be required. For lots of information on what to include in your wedding invitations, click HERE and have a read.

From a Collection or Bespoke Design

Most handmade wedding stationery companies will have a collection of designs to choose from or offer a completely bespoke service. My collection of designs can be bought exactly as they are seen with your personal information added, or you can put your own stamp on a design and request alterations to suit your wedding. There is also the option to have a totally unique bespoke design made specific to your requirements, all of which are contributing factors when it comes to the cost of a handmade wedding invitation.

Personalised for Your Guests

Writing your guests names in handmade wedding invites is something that many couples dread. Having your guests names printed does add to the cost; however it is peace of mind that your invitations have been finished perfectly without any mistakes. After all, a mistake would be a wasted precious invitation!

Handmade Wedding Invites

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One of the most important factors with regards to your handmade wedding invites, is the fact that they are just that; handmade! Making something by hand, no matter what the item is, takes time and skill. The time it takes to make a handmade wedding invite will depend on the design and the amount of work involved which will of course determine the price. The quality of a handmade wedding invite should be exceptional, no matter how much it costs. The very best way to achieve the perfect handmade wedding invite is by having a professional wedding stationer. Why? Read HERE to find out why it is so important.

So…How Much do Handmade Wedding Invites Cost?

To give you an idea of how much my handmade wedding invitations cost, I will look at 3 of my collections and base each on a requirement of 50 invitations.

Budget of £200 to £250 – Wreath Handmade Wedding Invitation Suite

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handmade wedding invitations invite painted foliage wreath textured white teal envelope
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This collection is made with a 300GSM lightly textured card. The design includes a printed watercolour foliage wreath which was originally hand-painted. Included with the invitation suite is the invitation, an information insert, an RSVP card, a personalised bellyband and 2 matching or contrasting quality envelopes.

Budget of £250 – £300 – Rural Handmade Wedding Invitation Suite

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This collection is made with a combination of Kraft and Corn cards, both of which are recycled. Layering of cards helps to create a heavyweight quality feel. A layering of different textures to decorate the bellyband is meticulously applied layer by layer. The invitation suite contains the invitation, information insert, RSVP card and the decorated bellyband. This also includes 2 matching Kraft envelopes.

Budget of £300+ – Luxe Handmade Wedding Invitation Suite

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This is a highly luxurious handmade wedding invite, made with a 300GSM lightly textured card. Decorated and layered with both glitter and foil cards and finished with a hand tied satin ribbon. The invitation includes the invitation backed with foil card, information insert backed with foil card, 2nd information insert and RSVP card. This also includes 2 matching quality envelopes. For the ultimate luxurious finish, you can add a personalised matching invitation box. This is the perfect way to present your handmade wedding invite.

Receiving your Handmade Wedding Invite

To open an envelope with a handmade wedding invite and feel the luxury of the handmade quality is a truly lovely thing. This is the first glimpse your guests will have into your wedding day. It’s the perfect opportunity to portray the level of luxury that you want your guests to experience at your wedding. If you have a particular budget in mind, let your wedding stationer know at your initial contact and they will try and work within your budget and offer many suggestions. There are often several ways to reduce the cost, or add luxury to your handmade wedding invitations. An important point to remember; you get what you pay for!

‘Received my invitations today, I love them and are just what I wanted I spent ages looking for someone to make my invitations and came across Lisa on Facebook, I communicated with Lisa just through Facebook and was a bit nervous putting my trust in someone I had never met but honestly Lisa did an amazing job. Thankyou. Great delivery down to Cornwall and very well packed.’ Natalie

Lisa xx

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Wedding Stationery Staffordshire – 10 Items of Wedding Stationery you Didn’t Know you Needed for Your Wedding Day

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The wedding invitations were sent months ago! The RSVP’s are finally in and the guest list has been finalised. It’s nearly time for your BIG DAY. Here are 10 items of wedding stationery you didn’t know you needed for your wedding day?

1. Church Wedding Ceremony Order of Service Booklet

If you are getting married in a Church, an order of service booklet is an important part of your wedding stationery. You and your guests will need to know the order of the ceremony and at what points they are required to join in with singing and prayers. The booklet will also include hymns and readings.

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Image by James Tracey Photgraphy

2. Civil Ceremony and Reception Order of the Day

We all love to know what is happening and when, right!? A wedding day is perfectly planned and timings are vital to keep the day running smoothly. Including an Order of the Day as part of your wedding stationery will please your guests enormously by telling them where they need to be and at what time. They will especially love to know what time they are being fed!!

Order of the day list of times and events with personalised glitter band rustic kraft card edging
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3. Wedding Guest Seating Plan

This element of wedding stationery can be a real show stopper as well as functional. If you would like your guests to be seated at certain tables for the wedding breakfast, then this is essential. There are lots of creative ways to display your seating plan from traditional ornate frames with floral decoration to individual tables in vintage frames.

Wedding seating plan decorated with gold foil card gold lame ribbon displayed in ornate gold frame
Image by Chelsea Shoesmith Photography
Gold leaf decorated eating plan displayed vintage style gold frames on table foliage flowers candles
Image by Chelsea Shoesmith Photography

4. Table Names or Numbers for each Table

When your guests have found their name on the seating plan, they then need to find their table. Whether you have simple numbers or have chosen a name for each table, this will coordinate with your seating plan. Choosing a theme or names for your tables can be a great way of adding personal and unique touches to your wedding day.

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5. Guest Table Place Setting

A place setting, possibly a place card or tag, is not just an item of wedding stationery but can often be a wedding keepsake too. Guests love to take home a snippet of your day as a reminder of the fun they had. I also think this is an important part of your table decoration and can be displayed in so many creative ways.

Two place name tags decorated with gold leaf gold eyelets dark green ribbon
Image by Chelsea Shoesmith Photography
Two place names decorated with gold leaf displayed in vintage style gold frames
Image by Chelsea Shoesmith Photography

6. Wedding Breakfast Menu

As wedding stationery goes, I believe this one is vital! Your guests will want to know what they are about to eat. Whether you have a set menu, or your guests have chosen what they wanted to eat beforehand, they will need a reminder. If your guests chose there menu before the wedding day having personlaised menus is a great help. Often they made their choices months in advance. Would you remember what you chose?

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Image by Chelsea Shoesmith Photography

7. Personalised Wedding Guest Book

This is a very personal and much loved item of wedding stationery for you to keep forever. Asking your guests to leave messages in your guest book is a lovely thing to read as Mr & Mrs after your wedding day. It is also a lovely way to look back in years to come at the ‘expert’ advice that was offered. I am sure there will a giggle or two in there.

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8. Personalised Wedding Card Post Box

Your wedding guests will bring cards, which may often contain gift vouchers or cash. A safe and obvious place to leave cards is really useful. This can also match all of your wedding stationery and be a useful item to store your memories in after the day.

Tall wedding card post box with lid decorated with burlap, lace twine small paper rose
Image by Inspired by Lisa

9. Wedding Day Signage

Signage is a great way to describe or give helpful instructions for certain parts of your wedding day. This can include things such as ‘welcome to our wedding’ sign, cake flavours for your wedding cake, reserved signs on the Church pews, or even to remind guests to sign your guest book. These are just a few ideas of which there are many more.

Wedding welcome sign decorated with burlap lace twine displayed in ornate white frame
Image by Katie Mortimore Photography

10. Finally…..Do you Need Wedding Stationery or Wedding Stationary?

Wedding stationery and wedding stationary are very often confused. A lot of people use the wrong one when contacting me about their wedding stationery. So hopefully this will help;

STATIONERY is a noun that means tools used in an office or for writing such as paper and pens. You can remember E for Envelopes or ER in paper.

STATIONARY is an adjective used to describe something that is still or not moving. Remember the AR in parked car.

I hope this gives you a good idea of what wedding stationERy you will need. You definitely don’t want a stationARy wedding day! If you would like to discuss your wedding invitations and wedding stationery, please do get in touch. I can provide all of what you need to match your wedding day theme.

Several of the images used within this blog are from a recent photoshoot that was photographed by the wonderful Chelsea Shoesmith Photography. To see behind the scenes at the photoshoot at The Upper House, please read my blog post. Other professional images where specified are by James Tracey Photography and Katie Mortimore. Non-professional images are taken by me!

Lisa xx

The biggest thank you ever to Lisa for making such beautiful stationery for our wedding day. Lisa was an absolute pleasure to work with from my first enquiry before I’d even placed an order, and she captured my vision perfectly. She works to such a high professional standard, I couldn’t find fault with any of her work. The quality of the materials Lisa uses is just stunning and really makes everything feel like it’s been made with love and care. Lisa was so friendly and professional, I didn’t feel rushed at all, everything worked around my timings and when deliveries were convenient for me and when the deliveries came everything was packaged with the upmost care so nothing was damaged – including my table plan which came in a frame! I cannot thank Lisa enough or recommend her highly enough, if you truly want something bespoke and luxurious that’s made with love and care with fantastic attention to detail then you must must must order with Lisa xxx ‘ – Pia

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Rustic Wedding Invitations – Jessica and Mitch’s Rustic Wedding Stationery for their Wedding at The White Hart at Lydgate

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I first met Jessica and Mitch in May 2019. Having found me through Instagram, Jessica got in touch to discuss rustic wedding invitations and stationery. The wedding date was set for Friday 21st February 2020 in a Church and followed by a reception at The White Hart Inn at Lydgate. Jessica loved my handmade wedding stationery, but couldn’t make a decision as to what she wanted for her rustic themed wedding. We decided that a face to face consultation would be best. I met with Mitch, Jessica and her lovely Mum Julie in May 2019. After much discussion and cups of tea, they had chosen their perfect rustic wedding invitations with matching rustic wedding stationery.

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Choosing Rustic Wedding Invitations and Stationery Perfect for Their Wedding Theme

Jessica had already seen one of my rustic wedding invitation ranges that she was in love with. The range is called Rural and features Kraft card (which is a brown, recycled card), with lots of rustic textures. Having viewed many more ideas from my design ranges, she fell in love with an ivory iridescent card which has a beautiful soft shimmer. This was chosen for the main body of the day wedding invitations and evening invitations. This was combined with the Kraft card and textures to make their perfect rustic wedding invitations.

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Rustic Wedding Invitation Styles

I have a range of rustic wedding invitation types including pocketfolds, traditional folded cards and flat cards. After discussing how much information Jessica and Mitch wanted to give their guests, we started planning for the style of invitation. It was also important to Jessica that her guests were able to have their invitation on display in their home.She wanted to put her own stamp on things too, so opted for a traditional folded card with an internal pocket with design adaptions to my Rural design range.

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Deciding what Rustic Wedding Stationery to Have ‘On The Day’?

As the wedding ceremony was in a Church, an order of service was required for the guests. They wanted to keep it simple, so we agreed on a smaller order of service booklet. In keeping with their rustic theme, the booklets would be displayed in a straw filled basket for guests to collect on entering the Church. For the wedding breakfast tables, they required a menu booklet for the centre of each table. Jessica also hired a fabulous wooden, light up heart on which to display her table plan. I made each table separately in the theme of her rustic wedding invitations. Each table was in a wooden frame.

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Image by James Tracey Photography
order of service booklets displayed in a straw filled basket
Image by James Tracey Photography
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Image by James Tracey Photography
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Image by James Tracey Photography
wedding breakfast table with rustic menu booklet
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Adding Personal Unique Touches to Their Wedding Day

Jessica has a large circle of friends and each of them would have been Bridesmaids had it been possible. She really wanted to make each of these girls feel special and a very important part of her wedding day. She asked me to make small personalised cards to be attached to gifts for each of them.

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Image by James Tracey Photography

Working with Jessica and Mitch on all of their rustic wedding invitations and matching stationery was an absolute joy. After their wedding, they wrote me a wonderful review for which I am very grateful.

‘Lisa made our invites for our big day and then went on to make our order of service, signs, table plan names, menus etc. Everything was such beautiful amazing quality, Lisa was always great to communicate with and everything really was perfectly made. Thank you again Lisa, Love Jess and Mitch! xxx’

Wishing Mr & Mrs Thomson the most wonderful life together. Thank you for choosing me to be part of your special day.

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Image by James Tracey Photography

For more 5* customer reviews, please take a look here. Thank you to Jessica and Mitch for allowing me to use their professional photos from their wedding day by James Tracey Photography. Please check out his beautiful website. All other images are from Inspired by Lisa. If you would like to discuss your wedding invitations and stationery, do get in touch. Jessica and Mitch chose my Rural design range as a starting point for their rustic wedding invitations and stationery.

Bride Jessica in her wedding dress
Image by James Tracey Photography
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Wedding Invitations and Stationery – 5 Reasons Why You Need a Wedding Stationer

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Once you have set the date and booked your wedding venue, you will be starting to think about your wedding invitations and stationery. Personalised wedding invitations are pretty important if you want some guests right!? With all of the excitement and planning, you may have great intentions to make your own wedding invites. Here are 5 reasons why you need a wedding stationer instead.

1. Setting the Wedding Day Tone with Your Wedding Invitations and Stationery

Your wedding invitations are the very first insight your guests will have into your wedding day. What a joy to open that luxury envelope to find the most perfect wedding invitation. Setting the tone for one of the most exciting and important days of your life. The quality of your wedding invites says a great deal about what to expect on the day. A wedding stationer knows just how to set that tone for you, working with a variety of budgets. With all good intentions, there is a difference between handmade and homemade! A professional handmade wedding invitation requires a great deal of skill and should exude quality, no matter what the budget.

Lisa making place cards and wedding stationery Inspired by Lisa

2. Making Wedding Invitations and Stationery Requires Experience, Knowledge and Skill

Believe it or not, making wedding invitations and stationery, takes a great deal of skill. We are experienced in what we do and do it all day, every day. It may sound silly, but if a line isn’t straight, you and your guests WILL notice. That takes practice too, even with a design degree! As professional wedding stationers, we have the knowledge to advise on styles, from rustic wedding invitations to elegant table plans, as well as card choice, wedding invitation wording, and ‘on the day’ wedding stationery. Inspired by Lisa has grown from strength to strength since 2007 and I am very proud to have a wealth of knowledge and experience. This experience doesn’t just include designing and making personalised wedding stationery, but also a knowledge of helpful wedding planning tips too.

3. How to Find Inspiration

Wedding stationers are a very creative bunch. Being able to offer clients inspiration based on their ideas is essential. You can Pinterest until your heart’s content, but then knowing how to execute an idea or adapt it to suit your wedding theme takes time. Inspiration is all part of the design process and having somebody to offer you inspiration and a solution is key to achieving the look that you desire.

4. Do you Have Time to Spare?

Time is perhaps the most overlooked aspect of making wedding invitations and stationery. Planning a wedding is time consuming and can be very stressful. Having a wedding stationer is a guarantee that you will alleviate some of that stress. How many people under-estimate their time? Do you really have time in your busy lives to design your wedding stationery, source quality supplies, print, cut and assemble carefully to a standard that you are happy with? I have lost count of the amount of panicked brides that contact me, not realising that making wedding invitations was MUCH more difficult than they anticipated. DIY wedding invitations will cause you unwanted stress!

5. Wedding Invitation Wording and the Many Variations

This can be a bit overwhelming, as chances are; you have never done this before. When it comes to wedding invitation wording, there are a multitude of things that can be included and different ways to word them. Your wedding invites need to look beautiful as well as serve a purpose without going over the top with information. We can also offer lots of advice on how to word your invitations based on your family arrangements. You definitely don’t want to upset your new in-laws with this one. Oh, and not forgetting that elephant in the room….gifts!! I have written a more in-depth blog on What To Include in Your Wedding Invitations well worth a read.

Working with a wedding stationery company will offer you peace of mind. The stationery will be finished on time and stress free. Another tick on your ever expanding to-do list too! Please get in touch for a very informal chat to see how I can help you, so that you can enjoy your wedding planning, without the stress! Check out my Instagram and Facebook pages for regularly updated inspiration.

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