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The perfect colours for summer invitations?

The most important thing to remember about your wedding invitations is that they should represent YOU and your personalities. I recommend ignoring the trends and do something that you will love for years to come.

However in saying that, popular summer colours are GREEN, gold and pinks. Anything bright and floral works beautifully for summer invitations. If you prefer dark and moody styles, then burgundy and navy are fantastic contrast colours, which you could use for the text or envelopes.

Although these seem like autumn shades, new trending colours are mustard and terracotta which will pair really well with greenery.

I advise my couples to start a Pinterest board for all your wedding inspiration. Pin anything that catches your eye that you love. You will notice a trend developing for yourself about what kind of colours and themes you like.

If you'd like more advice, please get in touch with me :)

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery

www.lavastationery.com.au

How does having divorced parents change the wedding invitations?

These days, there are more and more families with non-traditional ties.

To make your invitation wording more succinct, it's best to use the phrase "Together with our families"

This includes everyone on your invitation!

However if you want to include names separately, then there are some ideas on my blog:

https://lavastationery.com.au/blog/index.php/tips/invitation-wording/ 

Please feel free to get in touch if you have more questions!

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery

www.lavastationery.com.au

When should we send out thank you cards?

Thank you cards can be sent out straight away, or if you prefer to include photos from the wedding, they can be sent once you receive your high resolution photographs.

The usual timeframe for sending out thank you cards is up to 3 months after your wedding.

If you have missed this deadline, I've noticed a new trend where couples send thank you cards on their 1 year anniversary! Better late than never :)

If you need help with anything further, don't hesitate to get in touch. I can design and print thank you cards in many sizes and styles.

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery

www.lavastationery.com.au

Are place cards needed at a wedding?

I didn't have place cards at my wedding, but I did have a seating plan. The tables were small (around 8 per table) so it was easy for guests to choose where they wanted to sit.

However if you want your guests to sit in a particular spot, I highly recommend using place cards BUT there are alternatives.

Here are a few ways to incorporate guest names into your other stationery so it de-clutters the table:

  • Combine your guest names on top of the menus (if using individual menus)
  • Tie your guest names to the cutlery
  • Put your guest names on the bomboniere / wedding favours

If you need help with ideas or designs, get in touch with me! I'd love to chat to you.

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery

www.lavastationery.com.au

When is the best time to send out your wedding invites?

The wedding isn't until June 2020 but when is a good time to send the invitations out?

Hi Carissa!

Great question. 

If your wedding is a destination wedding, then it's best to send your invitations out by June / July this year.

If your wedding is local, then you can send them out around February next year. However if you have a lot of international guests, you might consider sending out a Save the Date 12 months ahead, or send their invitations out before the end of 2019.

Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery

www.lavastationery.com.au

Do I need to include the dress code on the invite?

Putting a dresscode on the invitation is certainly not necessary but it's definitely helpful!

I've heard of guests rocking up in t-shirts and jeans to a wedding when they didn't know what was expected of them.

If you're worried about the dress code cluttering up your invitation, consider putting it on another card such as a details card.

Many couples are opting for Facebook groups or wedding websites where you can include more information online.

I hope this helps :)

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery

www.lavastationery.com.au

How should I word a wedding invitation asking guests to pay for their own meal?

I’m paying for everything else. That would be their gift to me.

Hey there:)

I have created a few invitations in the past where the couple has made this request. 

In one of my couple's invitations, they included a menu where you could pre-order your dinner on the RSVP card. Their wording was:

"As most people would normally have a wishing well or gift table, we are requesting something different!

Since we are combining two households into one, we have no need for anything.

Your gift to us is just your presence and for you to purchase your own meal.

We have included a menu for the night and would appreciate if you could please pre-order when you RSVP.

This will make the night run smoothly. If any issues arise regarding the meals or accommodation, please let us know and we will help in any way possible."

If it's just a standard cost per head, & guests can't choose what they want ahead of time, you can amend it to something along the lines of "we respectfully ask for a contribution of $x per head for your meal" & either provide your bank details or ask for cash on the night.

Good luck and let me know if you would like help putting something together for your invites :)

Cheers,
Lava @LavaStationery

www.lavastationery.com.au
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I know this gets asked all the time but can someone please advise me of the timing for invites?

I've seen many articles advising to send out invitations 6-8 weeks prior to the wedding. This doesn't seem enough time for me as I'm wanting to organise place cards, printed seating chart etc not to mention I'm sure I'll be chasing people up for RSVPs! My wedding is early November so I'd love some thoughts/advice. Thanks!

Hi Katherine :)

These days, couples are sending out their invitations earlier than 6-8 weeks. I say 3-4 months ahead is a good timeframe.

I recommend having your RSVP date set to 4-5 weeks after you send them out. This way, if you get more regrets than anticipated, you have a bit of time up your sleeve to invite more people whom you've left off the list.

If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch!

All the best,

Lava @LavaStationery

www.lavastationery.com.au

Wording for wedding invitations?

What suggestions do you have for keeping wording on wedding invitations to a minimal? Do you have to include parent's names?

You don't have to include your parents' names, but if they are paying for some or most of the wedding then it is nice to put their names on there out of respect. An alternative would be to say "Together with their parents" at the beginning of the invitation, which cuts down wording.

There are some ideas on my blog under the "Tools & Resources" page if you'd like to take a look :)

lavastationery.com.au/blog/index.php/tips/invitation-wording/

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery

Can I leave one person from a group of friends off my guest list?

My guest list is quite limited by the capacity of my venue. In my group of friends I am not close with this person but feel that she would expect an invite. There are other people who we would rather invite so can I leave her off the guest list? Or is it too much of a risk of rupturing the group of friends? It’s a really tough decision that I’ve been mulling over.

Hey there!

Have you chatted to other people in the group about this? It's always going to be difficult choosing your guest list.

You have every right to leave her off the list if you aren't close with her. You deserve to have the people that really mean something to you at your wedding.

At the end of the day, you won't be able to invite every person that you want. Many people don't understand the costs involved in modern weddings & someone is going to be upset that they weren't invited.

My suggestion would be to chat to the others and see how badly they think it will affect your group. If the pain is not worth the gain, you might just need to invite her.

I hope this helps!

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery

www.lavastationery.com.au

Can anyone suggest any vendors for gold foiling on invitations?

I would like to have gold foiling for invites but am aware these come at an extra expense (and often quite significant). I would rule out letterpress foiling but am looking for a company that offers hot foil printing that isn't going to break the bank!

Hi Rachael, I have an option regarding different foil methods if you'd like to get in touch with me :)

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery

Does anyone make wedding invitations in a bottle?

What a fun idea :) 

Absolutely! Send me a private message to discuss the details.

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery

what should wedding invitations include?

Hi there :)

Your guests need to know the date of your event, where to be, what time to be there & how to dress. 

I've written a blog post about the details to include on your wedding invitations:

https://lavastationery.com.au/blog/index.php/tips/invitation-wording/

Anything else you'd like to include is completely up to you!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery

www.lavastationery.com.au

what is a letterpress wedding invitation?

Awesome question!

I have written a blog post about the details of what goes into making a letterpress invitation:

https://lavastationery.com.au/blog/index.php/2016/08/22/letterpress-invitations-foil-stamping/ 

The short answer is: A specialised plate with your details is made from scratch and then mounted onto a letterpress print press. Your custom ink colours are mixed and then rolled onto the press. Someone has to then manually feed each sheet of paper into the machine as the ink rolls over the plate and then embosses the design onto your paper.

It's very labour intensive and produces exquisite results.

If you have more questions about it, please don't hesitate to get in touch!

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery

can i send wedding invitations early?

How early is too early?

Hey there :)

I agree with the previous answers.

When is your wedding? Is it a destination wedding?

Most wedding couples send their invitations out 2-6 months ahead of their big day. However if you're having a destination wedding, then 6-12 months ahead is usually best.

Let me know if I can be of further assistance :)

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery

www.lavastationery.com.au

Is there a polite way to address that no +1s will be given?

Great question!

Putting your guest names on each invitation certainly helps with this.

In the past, some couples have also asked me to write "strictly invites only" on the bottom of their wedding invitations.

However no matter how bluntly you word it, there will be some people who won't get it and will add their own +1 to the RSVP. 

The best way to mitigate any issues is to talk with these guests directly so there's no confusion.

Putting guest names on the invitation, and clearly marking "plus partner" (on the ones that are allowed to bring someone) will definitely help though!

Let me know if you have any other questions :)

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery

Are there any invitations suppliers that do custom wax seals?

Hey there :)

Absolutely! Check out my instagram page for examples. Designs and colours are completely customisable.

I'd love to hear from you. Get in touch with me any time for pricing info.

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery

How can I word nicely that my wedding is to be adults only? No kids allowed!

Hey there!

More and more couples these days request that no children be present at their wedding.

Here are some examples I've used in the past:

"In order to allow all guests, including parents, an evening of relaxation, we have chosen for our wedding day to be an adult only occasion. We hope this advance notice means you are still able to share our big day and will enjoy having the evening off!"

"Although we adore your children, due to venue constraints we ask that only adults attend."

"Regrettably our chosen venue is unable to accommodate children under the age of 16. Professional babysitting will be provided at Venue Name."

Feel free to put your own spin on these!
If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Cheers,
Lava @LavaStationery

What do we need to include on our wedding invitations?

Hey there!

This information is a good place to start:

- Who is invited (Make +1's as clear as possible)

- Wedding date

- What time your guests have to show up

- The address of the ceremony & reception venues

- Time of reception if it's not directly after the ceremony

- When & how to RSVP (It's better to put this on a separate card if you are including other cards)

Other helpful details you can add are:

- Your parents' names if they are hosting

- Dress code

- Parking / transport details (better on a separate card)

- Accommodation details for interstate or international guests (better on a separate card)

- Wedding web site (better on a separate card)

To see how invitations are worded, you can have a look at the guide on my blog under "Tools and Resources."

Hope this helps!

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery

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Should I send out new invitations if we need to change the date?

Hi there :) If just the date has changed, then you can send out a small card that matches your invite style that says something along the lines of "Change the Date," similar to a Save the Date card. I also recommending texting / emailing people as well, but the card is a nice touch because your guests can keep it alongside their original invitations. This will avoid confusion. 

All the best. Let me know if there's anything else I can help with.

Cheers, 

Lava @LavaStationery

Should you write the names and addresses on the envelope for wedding invites or should the company?

Hi Eleni,

If you want a completed classy finish, then professional printing or calligraphy is the way to go. A friend or family member with beautiful writing can handwrite on the envelopes but I recommend checking with the invitation designer to see if they include it as part of their service.

If it's included or it's within budget, I say go for it! If you decide to handwrite on them, make sure you get lots of spare envelopes for any mishaps.

I hope this helps!

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery

Can I order thank you cards with my invitations to match?

The answer is a big YES!

If you don't want to wait until after the wedding to use a photo, we can definitely make up your thank you cards in advance to match your invitations & all your other stationery (such as menus, table numbers, signage, place cards, favours, etc).

Do you have your invitations already or are you just starting out? Contact me if you would like to see how this can look together.

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery

How can I get the table plan and place cards printed?

I would like to have the Table plan and Place Cards printed

Hey Malik,

No worries at all. It's best to contact us individually for a quote.

The best way to start, is to tell us:

  • What size table plan you need. A3, A2 or A1?
  • Would you like a printed sheet to put in a frame, or would you like it mounted on a board to stand alone on an easel?
  • How many place cards do you need?

Feel free to send us inspirational images of the styles you like. Some print methods like white ink or foil will cost more than digital printing.

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery

Do I say the "the marriage of Jane to Mark"?

On our wedding invitations?

Hey there!

Invitation wording depends on how formal you want the event to be.

You can definitely word it that way as there is nothing wrong with it. It is more toward the formal end.

If you look under the "Tools & Resources" page on my blog, it goes through different wording options.

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me!

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery

What date do I put the rsvp date as for my guests?

I think my venue needs final numbers 2 weeks before. So maybe 3 weeks before?

Hi Danielle!

Great question. 

I suggest going at least 2 weeks before your venue needs the numbers. This is because many people simply forget to RSVP. Life gets in the way. As sad as it is, you will find yourself chasing people up for RSVP's even after the RSVP date. It will just give you a bit more time.

Also, I'm not sure if you plan on sending out one set of invitations first to gauge your numbers and then sending out a second set of invitations to your "B List" if you receive enough regrets from the first list. If this is the case, you will need to make the RSVP date quite early (around 6-8 weeks before the wedding) so that your B list don't feel like they are the B list!

I hope this helps. Let me know if you have more questions.

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery

Only having children involved in wedding attend. How best do I word the invitations?

How do I word my invitations in a fun manner so as to let guests know that only the 3 children involved in the ceremony are invited to the wedding and reception.

Hi Helen!

This is a tough situation for you because you will be having 3 children there. Will they be staying for the entire length of the reception or leaving early? If they're leaving early, you could make a note to say that the only children involved in the ceremony will be leaving early as the venue isn't suitable for children.

This is my favourite wording that I have found:

"As much as we love small humans (especially yours), our venue won’t be suitable for the little ones.

We kindly ask that you leave kids with a sitter and enjoy a night off on us."

It might be worth adding in yours something along the lines of:

"Child name 1, Child name 2 and Child name 3 who are part of our immediate family will need to be involved in the wedding ceremony."

This adds some personalisation and your guests should understand that you can't exclude the closest children in your family.

I hope this helps! If you have more questions, don't hesitate to get in touch with me.

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery

What should you write in a wedding card?

Hi there!

1. Do you want to know what to write in a wedding card to a couple that is getting married?

2. Or are you getting married and want to know what to write in your invitations?

If it's the first one, then a simple message of "Wishing you love, laughter and a happily ever after" ticks all the boxes. You can add more personal notes in there if you know the couple well.

If it's the second one, then I have written an in-depth blog post about this at www.lavastationery.com.au/blog in the "Tools and Resources" section.

You just need to make sure the following information is included:

  • Who is doing the inviting
  • Names of the wedded couple
  • Wedding date
  • Time of ceremony
  • Address of ceremony
  • Time of reception
  • Address of reception if different from the ceremony
  • Dress code (optional)
  • RSVP method and date

I hope this information helps! Don't hesitate to get in contact with me if you need more help.

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery

Do you use full names on invitations?

Hey there :)

If you want your invitations to be traditional and formal, then full names are used.

If your wedding is more casual, laid back and modern, then first names only are fine. 

I suppose it depends on how many older people are being invited. They appreciate full names being shown on the invitation & the surnames represent the two families coming together.

That being said, it's your wedding! So do what feels right to you. There are no modern rules about this. It's a personal preference only.

If you have any more questions, don't hesitate to get in touch with me personally.

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery

I want luxurious invitations, how can I make them stand out?

Great question!

The best way to get your invitations to stand out is to have them printed in a way that your guests haven't seen before. This could be printing on wood, acrylic, making a CD, creating a newspaper or tea towel with the details printed on it. There are so many cool and quirky options out there.

However if you love the traditional look, then some print techniques such as hot foiling work gives invitations that wow factor. 

Let me know if you have any more questions about invitation styles!

Thank you,

Lava @LavaStationery

I am looking for luxury invitations in Sydney?

I guess they could be based anywhere in AU. Looking for something with a wow factor. What is possible?

Hello and thanks for posting your question!

The term "Luxury invitations" evoke a different meaning for every bride and groom. 

What is your idea of luxury? What catches your eye and makes you think "wow" when you look online for inspiration?  

If you provide me with a link to your Pinterest board or give me ideas you have for the decor etc, we can create the perfect invitation that suits your personality, reflects the style of the wedding and keep it within your budget.

Let me know what you think :)

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery

How do I know who to invite to the wedding? Is there a rule?

Hey there!

Great question. Firstly, I recommend making a numbered list on excel or a word doc so you can keep track of the numbers. This will help you work out whether you're going above the venue's capacity.

  • Immediate Family
  • Extended Family
  • Close Friend Group (Consists of best friends, bridal party, housemates, etc)
  • Uni / TAFE Friends
  • School Friends
  • Current Work Colleagues
  • Past Work Colleagues
  • Parents' Friends and Family Friends
  • Special Interest Group Friends (such as music / art classes, sports teams, etc)
  • Neighbours (may not be applicable)
  • Any outliers from your social circuit who don't belong to a certain group (Go through your Facebook friend list etc)

Write down the names of everyone you would consider inviting, then begin to cull the people who you may not be close with or see a future relationship with. It might sound harsh, but you want the people there who will make it a wonderful celebration. Some people you will be forced to invite out of obligation, but if you aren't obligated to invite them, don't feel bad about eliminating them from the list. It's your day so do it your way! Invite the people who will make it fun for you.

If you contact me directly, I can email you a spreadsheet to help you get started :)

Thanks so much,

Lava @LavaStationery

Are there vendors who can create accessible wedding invitations for the sight impaired?

Or can give tips for what you could do for me?

Hello there :)

Yes I think some kind of letterpress or thermographic printing of Braile would work really well alongside some larger print! If you're interested in this kind of printing or have any questions, please get in touch with me. I'm only too happy to help.

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery

Any tips on invitations for the engagement party?

Where can I get some nice ones in sydney, and do I invite all the same people to the wedding?

Hi there :)

Many people I've spoken to assume they will be invited to the wedding if they're invited to the engagement party. I guess it all depends on your budget! If you are having a large wedding, it might be best to have a smaller engagement party with just close friends and family. Otherwise if you want to invite everyone, you could throw a very casual engagement party where guests can pay for their own meals or drinks. 

However, my recommendation is to invite everyone who is coming to the engagement party to the actual wedding itself.

In terms of engagement invitations, let me know what style you are going for and I will be happy to assist! We can work on something that suits your style and budget.

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery

How can I ensure that my guests are there on time?

Hey Miki :)

It's definitely a good idea to make the start time on your invitations around 15-30 mins prior to the actual ceremony start time.

If you have an additional information card as part of your invitation suite, then make a note on the card about allowing extra time for traffic and parking. This should give your guests a bit of a heads up, so they think about their travel plans. 

Let me know if there's anything else I can help you with!

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery 

How much should I expect to pay for a custom wedding invitation design?

Hi there!

Is this something you want to print yourself, or would you like the final product to be printed and assembled for you?

As the others have said, it will vary between company to company. It is best to enquire with a designer whose style you like, and ask them for a more detailed quote.

If you just want some text and a simple layout created, it will cost substantially less than let's say a painted piece or custom drawing.

Let me know what you're thinking of creating and I'll be happy to have a chat to you about it!

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery

What is a good hashtag for “chamberlain”?

Hey! Good question. We will need a bit more info.

  1. Is that a Bride's surname or a Groom's? If neither, what significance does it have to you both?
  2. When is the wedding date?

Feel free to PM me or email me if you'd like to chat about this further :)

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery

Combined Engagement/Housewarming gift etiquette?

Hi All, We have recently become engaged after 11yrs together and also purchased our first home with plans to do a combined engagement/housewarming. Our new apartment is small and we have purchased all the things we could possibly desire and all we really want is peoples company and at most libations. That's it! We are not secretly hoping to get gifts or money, we just want to celebrate with friends and family. However, we have already been getting questions about what gifts we want so my thinking was that if people really want to give us a gift that I would gently suggest a pot plant as I desire to make my large balcony into a green oasis and currently have zero plants. If people still decide to buy us a traditional gift, that is of course lovely and but not expected. My question, is this a polite thing to do and how would one go about doing it? We have lots of family and friends with limited means and I want them to be exited to celebrate with us and not have to worry about gifts

What a lovely question!

It might be worth mentioning in your invitations that no gift is necessary, but if they are insisting, to get something "green" for the balcony. This way, people can purchase whatever fits into their budget. You could also do a cute little drawing of a beautiful green oasis, or whatever you want your balcony to look like, so that people can envision it themselves and see what you're going for. I wouldn't consider this rude if I received it on an invitation. It sounds like something fun your guests can be part of!

If you don't want to mention it on the invitations at all, then the best thing to do is just answer honestly when they ask you. People really do like to give and it sounds like you have a lot of nice people who want to contribute to this special occasion.

All the best and let me know what you end up deciding on.

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery

How can I ensure everyone shows up to the wedding on time?

Hi there :)

You can never guarantee that everyone will show up on time. However the best way to mitigate this, is to put an earlier time on your invitations.

If you are including additional cards such as a details or accommodation card, it is a good idea to make a note of traffic delays and to give approximate travel times based on the location of the venue.

Please let me know if you have more questions!

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery

How do I word new/replacement wedding invitations?

Due to our guests financial status, we are no longer having a destination wedding. We are changing the date and venue. How do I word new invitations?

Hi! It's very sweet of you to change your wedding to accommodate your guests. 

Something I've done for a past bride is to send out a notice along the lines of:

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TITLE

We've changed the date!

Body

In order to fully accommodate all of our guests, we have decided to move our wedding to a time & place when it will be more easily achievable for everyone involved.

New Date / Time / Location

We hope you will be able to join us.

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I hope this helps. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery

Does anyone listen to the RSVP deadline?

Or should we make it much earlier than we need to

Guests should really let you know straight away whether they can attend or not, but sometimes they forget and you need to follow up.

There are two things that affect your RSVP date:

  1. When your venue needs the final numbers by.
  2. When your wedding stationer needs the final numbers by (for menus, place cards, seating chart etc).

Make your RSVP date 1-2 weeks ahead of these deadlines to give you time to follow up and provide it to your stationer & venue.

Please let me know if there's anything else I can help with :)

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery

Secret wedding help?

Hi, my partner and I have been together for 16 years this June. We have never married and are considering a surprise wedding at a bar my brother owns. We aren’t engaged and aren’t the type of people to have a huge party but we want to invite a lot of family and friends and impress that it’s an important event but not give anything away. The only people that we would tell would be our parents, our best friends (a couple who would be our wedding party) our eldest daughter and my brother (venue owner) What I need help with is how to set up the invitations and what the plan would be or an idea for a party.

What an exciting idea! The most common way to do this is to call it an engagement party on the invitations. Otherwise try to find another occasion you can hijack such as a christening or pretend farewell  etc. 

Another way is to create a themed birthday party like “a day at the races” so people dress up. 

Good luck and let me know what you decide on!

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery  

Is it weird to invite someone's partner if I know they are having problems?

She isn't living with him and is withholding their children... so should I even bother inviting her?

What a predicament for you to be in!

First and foremost, having anyone at your wedding that won't add to the awesomeness of the day means you have every right to leave them off the guest list, even if they are a friend. However, weddings can be full of politics and you might have to deal with the aftermath so you have to decide whether it's worth it or not.

The course of action is highly dependant on your relationship with the guests and what kind of problems they're having.

If you are close with your friend, and their partner is someone you don't want at the wedding, then it's perfectly acceptable not to invite them.

If you are close with the partner or equally close with both of them, then it's best to invite them both and let them sort it out between themselves if they should be coming or not.

In this case, the partner sounds quite awful but I believe it's best to chat to your friend first to see what their thoughts are on it before you print the invitations. You don't want to risk offending them if they are a meaningful friend.

I hope this helps.

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery

When should I send out my invitations?

Hi there :)

Invitations for local weddings should be sent out at least 2-3 months prior to the wedding date. Save the Dates are usually 6-8 months prior.

It's best to send invitations for destination weddings & international guests at least 6 -12 months prior.

The RSVP date is largely dependant on when the venue needs the numbers by. Generally, the RSVP date is anywhere between 3-6 weeks prior to the wedding. It's best to add 1 week to the venue's required RSVP deadline, because you will most likely need to chase guests up.

Unfortunately, a lot of people don't reply on time.

I hope this helps! If you have any more questions, please let me know.

Cheers,
Lava @LavaStationery

Should I list a dresscode on the invitation?

Hi there!

I've had a bride tell me that a guest turned up in a t-shirt to their ballroom wedding, so it doesn't hurt to put a dresscode on there!

Listing a dresscode isn't compulsory, however if you want to help your guests out then you can add it to the invitation. You don't need to make a big deal about the dresscode. Just a simple line at the bottom of the invitation such as "Cocktail Attire" etc will do. 

If your guests have been to a lot of weddings before, they will have a good idea of what to wear based on the time that the wedding is being held, the venue that the wedding is taking place at, and also the style of your invitation. However a lot of your guests might not have been to a wedding before. It can help them out and your photos will look more consistent :)

If you have any more questions, don't hesitate to ask!

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery

How can I guess/predict how many guests will RSVP 'Yes'?!

Hi there!

Have you sent any Save the Dates yet?

The best way to gauge whether some guests can't come is to have a line on your Save the Dates that say something along the lines of "If you think you can't make it, please contact us on best contact number / email"

Otherwise the best thing to do is have a very early RSVP date on your invitations, which will allow you to invite more people down the track if you receive more "No's" than expected.

Please let me know if you have any more questions.

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery

How do I form a guest list?

Where do I begin?!

Hi there :)

The way I did it for my wedding was to use an excel spreadsheet and write down people in a particular order. You don't need to use this ordering system but it worked well for me. Write down everyone you can think of, and then begin culling the people who are not close enough to be invited to the wedding:

  1. Immediate Family
  2. Extended Family
  3. Close Friend Group (Consists of best friends, bridal party, housemates, etc)
  4. Uni / TAFE Friends
  5. School Friends
  6. Current Work Colleagues
  7. Past Work Colleagues
  8. Parents' Friends and Family Friends
  9. Special Interest Group Friends (such as music / art classes, sports teams, etc)
  10. Neighbours (may not be applicable)
  11. Any outliers from your social circuit who don't belong to a certain group (Go through your Facebook friend list etc)

If you contact me directly, I can email you a spreadsheet to help you get started :)

Thanks so much,

Lava @LavaStationery

How do I explain that I want a wishing well?

Without the poetry or mushy stuff?

Hi there! 

I have found that the best way to ask for a gift of money, is to write one sentence along these lines:

"There will be a wishing well at the reception for those who wish to congratulate the couple in this way."

It's direct without the BS, but at the same time not demanding. It also leaves it open for guests who prefer traditional gifting to buy you a gift, but savvy guests will understand what it means straight away.

Please let me know if I can help you with other wedding related questions!

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery :)

Is it mandatory that we include our parents' names in our wedding invitations?

My fiance and I are funding our wedding. The invitation cards we have designed is very personal as only people close to us are attending. Only about 100 people. The invitation do not mention the names of our parents. We heard that to get visa for our honeymoon to Singapore, we need to have our parents' name on the cards. But I feel it will jar with the informal nature of our cards. Is it really necessary to include our parents' names?

Hi there!

If it wasn't for the visa requirement, I would have said that you definitely don't need to have their names printed on the invitations! 

However, if it's true that you need to have your parents' names on the cards, I recommend having one set printed with their names (to include with your application) and the rest printed as you wish. Check with an official to see what the legal requirements are before going ahead. 

I would be very interested to see what you find out.

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery

is there any way to uninvite a friend i invited a long time ago, but have since fallen out with?

Do I just not send her an invite even though I sent her a save the date?

A "Save the Date" is not a contract.

Many life events can occur between sending out a save the date and the formal invitation.

If you and your friend have had a falling out, then hopefully she / he is savvy enough to realise that they won't be getting an invitation to the wedding. If you think they're still expecting an invite, then the best thing to do is to contact them privately and explain the situation, even if it's an uncomfortable thing to do.

I really hope this works out for you. Let us know how it goes!

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery

how do i uninvite someone from my wedding?

Hello!

Woweeeee. As a wedding stationer, I guess the first question to ask is, "Have the invitations been sent out yet?"

If they haven't been sent out and the guest has only had verbal confirmation that they're invited, it might be worth sitting down with them (or calling / sending a text if they're not close to you) to advise the reason why. Is it financial difficulties, head count problems, or a personal issue?

Without knowing too much detail about the scenario, the short answer is that you can't really uninvite someone after they've been formally invited unless you both had a falling out.

My recommendation would be to search some wedding forums such as WeddingBee, as quite a few brides may have gone through this before. They would be well equipped to give advice, based on their past experiences. Speaking to mutual friends and family members can also help with this. 

Sorry I can't be of much help here. It's a tricky situation and there are so many factors involved that can affect the outcome.

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery

am i obligated to invite someone to the wedding if they were at the engagement party?

Hi there!

Engagement parties are generally cheaper to host compared to a wedding, so it's more than okay not to invite someone to the wedding who was there at the engagement party. Venues generally have a maximum capacity so you can always blame it on that :)

The best thing to do would be to chat to mutual friends or family members who know this person so they can help you make the right call.

I hope this helps!

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery

how many times should i follow up on rsvps before assuming theyre not coming?

Hi there!

It is so sad that we need to follow up on RSVP's at all! 

My suggestion is to follow up twice. Give them a polite nudge to let them know that the RSVP date has passed and ask if they are coming because you need to give the headcount to the venue & caterers. Providing a reason will definitely encourage guests to respond faster as many people are actually quite clueless about what is involved with wedding planning.

It's best not to sound annoyed when you follow up, as some guests might have had their invite lost in the mail or they might be facing personal difficulties that they cannot share with you. Also some guests (such as family members) need to be treated differently to other guests, so it has to be done on a case-by-case basis.

I recommend contacting them directly instead of sending a group message. You can even try asking a family member who is close with the guest to badger them a little.

If asking twice still doesn't elicit a response, you can mark them as not attending & just hope that they don't RSVP "yes" one week before the big day.

Cheers,

Lava

are wishing wells the norm now? or still gifts?

Hi there! 

Modern brides and grooms seem to opt for wishing wells as opposed to gift registries. However it's entirely up to you as to what will suit your needs. They do seem to be the norm now, but there's nothing wrong with gift registries or other options such as asking for charity donations in lieu of gifts.

It's your day so make it whatever you like :)

If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact me!

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery

what do i have to specify on my invitations? like what MUST go on them

Hi there!

It can seem scary to miss out on important information, but if you check out the "Tools & Resources" page on my blog: lavastationery.com.au/blog you will see how to lay out your invitation.

Things you MUST include on the main invitation:

  • Who is invited (if you want to get specific)
  • Date of wedding
  • Venue of ceremony
  • Time of ceremony (make it a little earlier than the actual start time)
  • Venue of reception
  • Time of reception
  • Dress code (This is optional)
  • RSVP date + method (if you won't have a separate RSVP card) 

RSVP Card (Optional)

  • RSVP date
  • RSVP method: Snail mail, email, phone, wedding website etc

Additional Information Cards are optional too, but they can include:

  • Accommodation details & special deals
  • Parking at venue
  • Map
  • Dress code
  • Unplugged ceremony information if you're having one

Wishing Well / Gift Registry Card (Optional)

Include a poem or paragraph that there will be a wishing well at the wedding. Or provide your gift registry name & code.

I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any further questions :)

Cheers,
Lava @LavaStationery

how do i encourage people to use my wedding website?

Hi there!

Are you primarily using a wedding website just for RSVP's or will you have other information on there as well?

You will find that some guests don't have smartphones, or use their computers much or aren't very computer literate in general. For these people, I recommend giving options to RSVP the old fashioned way (such as snail mail or phone).

If you would like the majority of your guests to use your wedding website, then I recommend mentioning it in a few different places on your invitations. You can have a separate website card with the web address in BOLD and large, so it's easy to see. Also pick a web address that is easy to type in. Anything that has forward slashes can cause guests to feel disinterested.

Another option is to also create a Facebook group with the website link in there. Then every time you update the website, you can notify people in the group. This will keep them in the loop.

I hope this helps. If you have any more questions about this, please don't hesitate to get in contact with me personally :)

Cheers,

Lava @LavaStationery

can my invitations and wedding website co-exist and even work together?

Hi :)

Wedding websites are so popular these days and yes, they can work perfectly together with your wedding invitations. Wedding websites are usually used for RSVP's & additional information. Some guests (especially older ones) would still prefer to RSVP by postcard or phone.

Your wedding invitation can be in the same (or similar design) to your wedding website, including the most important information. The website can then list all the additional info that might be too cumbersome to put on an invitation.

Most wedding guests still prefer to have something tactile to hold onto as a quick reference, so it's great to have both.

If you have any questions about this, please contact me and I can give you examples!

Cheers,

Lava

What's the best and most simple way to inform guests there will be a wishing well at the wedding?

Hi!

If you find the wishing well poems circulating the internet too cheesy, I recommend just a simple line either at the bottom of your invitation or on a separate card saying "There will be a wishing well at the reception for those who wish to congratulate us in this way."

You could say what you will use the money for (such as saving for a new home etc), but if you list something that doesn't align with your guests' values then they might not feel as good about giving to that cause. I've had friends complain to me that they don't want to spend money on someone else's lavish honeymoon when they themselves can't afford to go on a holiday. Sweet & simple wording for the card is best.

If there's anything else I can help with, please let me know!

Cheers,

Lava

How do I tell people that anyone under 18 is not allowed to come?

What kind of wording should I use on my invitations?

Hello!

Most of my couples put a line on the RSVP card so that it doesn't clutter the invitation. However if you don't have an RSVP card, then you include a line on the bottom of the invitation itself, in the same section as the dress code. Here are a few lines I have used in the past:

1. Strictly invites only (a bit harsh, but if you really need to get the point across to some stubborn guests you can use it).

2. Due to venue restrictions, we respectfully ask that guests under the age of [insert age] come to the ceremony only

3. Our reception is an adults only event

4. Our reception venue is restricted to guests who are 18+

I hope this helps. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.

Cheers,

Lava :)

what to include on your invitations? i dont want to miss anything

Hi there!

It can seem scary to miss out on important information, but if you check out the "Tools & Resources" page on my blog: lavastationery.com.au/blog you will see how to lay out your invitation.

Things to include on the main invitation:

  • Who is invited (if you want to get specific)
  • Date of wedding
  • Venue of ceremony
  • Time of ceremony (make it a little earlier than the actual start time)
  • Venue of reception
  • Time of reception
  • Dress code
  • RSVP date + method (if you won't have a separate RSVP card)

RSVP Card

  • RSVP date
  • RSVP method: Snail mail, email, phone, wedding website etc

Additional Information Cards can include:

  • Accommodation details & special deals
  • Parking at venue
  • Map
  • Dress code
  • Unplugged ceremony information if you're having one

Wishing Well / Gift Registry Card

Include a poem or paragraph that there will be a wishing well at the wedding. Or provide your gift registry name & code.

I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any further questions :)

Cheers,
Lava @LavaStationery

how do i tell certain guests they cant bring a date, but others can...?

Is there a way to word this?

Hi there :)

This is a problem that a lot of couples face when receiving RSVP's! When you are sending out invitations, it's best to put the guest names on the invitations and envelopes to avoid confusion. Some of my couples also write "Strictly invites only" on the bottom of their RSVP cards so that the addressees are clear that only the names on the invitation are invited.

For guests who are allowed to bring a plus 1, you can write the name of the invitee "and guest" or "plus guest" after their name so they know they can invite someone.

Please let me know if I can clarify further!

Thanks :)

Lava @LavaStationery

Are there any suppliers that provide old school letterpress invitations? :)

Hi!

What sort of design do you have in mind? If you send me your Pinterest board, or let me know what kind of theme your wedding is going to be, I can create a gorgeous letterpress invitation to suit. You can check my gallery to see what sort of letterpress invitations I have done in the past.

I can be contacted via phone, email, Easy Weddings, Facebook and my website contact form.

I look forward to hearing from you :) 

Cheers,

Lava

How do i go about asking guests to cover their meal instead of gifts?

Hi there!

In this day and age where wedding costs are going through the roof and most couples already have everything they need, it's not out of line to ask the guests to contribute to their meals instead of bringing a gift.

I have created a few invitations in the past where the couple has made this request. 

I recently had a bride who did this for her wedding. In her invitations, she included a menu where you could pre-order your dinner on the RSVP card. Her wording was as follows:

"As most people would normally have a wishing well or gift table, we are requesting something different!

Since we are combining two households into one, we have no need for anything.

Your gift to us is just your presence and for you to purchase your own meal.

We have included a menu for the night and would appreciate if you could please pre-order when you RSVP.

This will make the night run smoothly. If any issues arise regarding the meals or accommodation, please let us know and we will help in any way possible."

If it's just a standard cost per head, & guests can't choose what they want ahead of time, you can amend it to something along the lines of "we respectfully ask for a contribution of $x per head for your meal" & either provide your bank details or ask for cash on the night.

Good luck and let me know what you end up writing :)

Cheers,
Lava @LavaStationery
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How do I make it clear you have to RSVP?

So many people seem to think it's not mandatory? haha

Hi there!

Unfortunately, there's no easy way to force people to RSVP. You're right that wedding etiquette is lost on a lot of guests these days. You can use firmer language such as:

  • "Your response is requested by [date] via [mailing address / phone # / email / website]" or
  • "To help with catering needs, please respond by [date] via [mailing address / phone # / email / website]"

Anything harsher than that could come across as rude.

Just try to make it easy for guests by allowing a few different options for RSVP, and make it clear on the invitation when you need the RSVP's by. Allow a bit of extra time for chasing people up. The best thing to do is phone, text or email a week or so before the RSVP date to remind people that the RSVP date is coming up. Hopefully that will kick some people into gear!

Good luck and keep me posted with what you end up doing!

Cheers,

Lava

@LavaStationery

What do i need to DIY wedding invites?

Should I DIY my invites? I'm worried it'll end up more expensive. My budget is $500 for 75 invites

Hi there!

DIY-ing can sometimes be more expensive than having a professional make them for you. If you could please send me inspirational images of the look you are after, I'll advise whether the budget is possible or I will link you to the exact items you need in order to make them yourself. You can contact me via email at info+ew@lavastationery.com.au

I look forward to hearing from you :)

Cheers,

Lava

Storybook wedding invite: Can you make it for me?

I saw online a place that sells these invitations that are fairytale themed. Its in the format of a story book and goes through your story together, then info about the wedding. It's from the US and while they ship to Aus it works out $30 each.. I love the idea and haven't seen it anywhere else.

Hi Katie,

What a gorgeous idea. I can definitely create something like this for you. If you can send me a private message with your exact requirements then I'll give you pricing. We can create something unique that is perfectly matched to your theme and your personalities.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Cheers,

Lava :)

Customised wedding invites with our drawing

I love to draw and I would like to draw a picture of my fiance and I and have this incorporated into an invitation design. How would I go about this?

Hi there! This sounds like such a fun project :) I'm actually doing the same thing for my sister's wedding invitations this year! Please email me your drawing and I can email you some examples of how this can be incorporated into your invitations. If you have specific ideas, I'd love to chat to you about it in more detail. I can also digitise the drawing so that it works seamlessly with the rest of the design. I look forward to hearing from you. Cheers, Lava xx

If I found an invitation I love online but is only in USA, can I have it re-created?

Emily from Once Upon a Time Design & Press Studio has said it perfectly!

Copying from someone else is a huge problem in our industry. Creating something from scratch (and making it unique to you) is definitely the way to go. This is what I love doing! If you send inspirational images my way, I'll know what look you want to create & then design it with you until you love it!

If that is the only design you want and won't feel happy with any changes, then I highly recommend contacting the original designer to see if they can provide discounts on shipping, or make a digital file for you to print locally. I can assist with printing on high quality stocks.

I hope that helps. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.

Cheers,
Lava @LavaStationery :)

Invitation trends are wild! (wood, perspex?) Will my guests be disappointed if I do classic paper?

It's hard not to feel disappointed when you go on Pinterest and see new & gorgeous ideas, but the price of pulling it off is out of the question. However, please know that your guests will NEVER be disappointed that you chose one medium over another. They'll be so happy that they're invited in the first place! 

You can still keep up to date with new trends by using stunning paper stock. Pick a stock that is thick and nice to touch. You can't go wrong with a gorgeous design on paper. Please let me know what you end up deciding on :)

Cheers,
Lava @LavaStationery

How far in advance should I send wedding invites if guests can stay on site at the venue?

We're getting married at the yarra valley, where guests can stay at the venue if they choose. How far in advance should I send out the invites with the details?

Hi there,

For a wedding that requires guests to travel and find accommodation, I recommend sending a "Save the Date" approximately 10-12 months prior to the wedding date, and then the invitations approximately 4-6 months prior to the wedding date. It's also worth noting on the Save the Date cards your preferred accommodation options within the area.

If you have any further questions, please let me know!

Kind Regards, Lava x

Should I send out invites if we are only having 30 people at our wedding?

Hi Churalak! I myself only had a small group of 30 people at my wedding in Airlie Beach, but everyone was so touched when they received their invitation. I think it's quite nice to send them out, mainly because it makes people feel special & it is a great way to communicate your wedding theme & important details. Most of my guests have still kept their invitations as a keepsake.

It depends on what you want to achieve with this. Are you having a super relaxed and chilled out wedding? Is your wedding at a venue or at home? Do you care about what people wear? Is there a special theme? Inviting people to a wedding via email or text sends the message that it's super casual and you have no theme in mind. I went to a wedding once where we were all invited via SMS and it was so casual that girls showed up in jeans because they didn't know what to expect. We still had fun but it was clear that it was more of a backyard BBQ style party, rather than a more formal wedding.

At the end of the day, it's up to you but I highly recommend sending invitations. The good thing is, you won't have to spend a lot if you only have 30 or so guests! You will only need one invitation per couple or household.

If you have any more questions, please feel free to email me!

Cheers,

Lava :)

What info do I need to put on my wedding invitations?

Hey there!

It's quite easy to get bogged down with all the info needed to put on an invitation, but if you just focus on the following, you will be fine:

1. Who is invited (Make it clear if you don't want +1's). Some brides write "Strictly invites only" at the bottom of the invitation, but if this is too harsh for you, then just write the guest's name and hope for the best (or speak to them in person).

2. What date your wedding is

3. What time your guests have to show up

4. The address of the ceremony & reception venues

5. When & how to RSVP (It's better to put this on a separate card if you are including other cards)


Other helpful details you can add are:

1. Dress code

2. Parking / transport details (better on a separate card)

3. Accommodation details for interstate or international guests (better on a separate card)

4. Wedding web site (better on a separate card)


To see how invitations are worded, you can have a look at the guide on my blog under "Tools and Resources."

Hope this helps!

Cheers, Lava x

How do I word invitation addresses for mixed groups?

I'm trying to work out how to word an invitation address... It is for my aunt and uncle, their daughter, and her partner. Should I just do two lines of titles on the invitation? Eg: John and Jane Smith Alice Smith and Ben Brown Or should I just send two invitations to the same address?

Hi there! If you're worried about etiquette, then 2 separate invitations delivered to the same address is best. However if budgeting costs are more important to you, it's acceptable to include the names of the entire household on one invitation. The way you have suggested it is perfect: 2 separate lines with each couple on one line. If I received an invitation like that, I wouldn't be offended. As long as it's clear and you have included the names of everyone invited, that's all you need to worry about.

Good luck and please let me know if I can be of further help! x

How do I say on the invites guests don't have to attend the registry ceremony?

How do I say on the invites that people are welcome to our registry wedding but not expected? That we really only wanted a small personal ceremony but didn't want anyone put out so if they are really keen to go they can. Otherwise we'll just see them at the reception.

Hi there! This is an interesting one :) My mum went through the same scenario when she was married! This is what she had at the bottom of her invitations: "Due to the limited space at the registry office, please let us know if you would like to attend the ceremony when you RSVP. Otherwise we look forward to celebrating with you at the reception."

Luckily only 6 or so people showed up, so it didn't take up too much room. Let me know what you end up deciding on & all the best!

Cheers, Lava x

How far in advance should I send out my wedding invitations?

Hi! For international guests (or if it's an international / destination wedding), 10-18 months ahead of time is recommended for a SAVE THE DATE card. This way, your guests have time to save money for flights and accommodation. Local weddings are a bit easier. They only require 6-12 months before the wedding date (12 months being the maximum). If you send them out more than 12 months ahead, it's difficult to book flights or accommodation and most likely your guests will forget about it altogether. For formal invitations, they can be sent about 2-3 months before the wedding date for local guests, and 3-7 months for guests that need to travel. I hope this helps. Cheers, Lava

How do I word 'change the date' cards?

Hi, we've had to put our wedding back from April to October due to financial issues from work ending. How do I word the change politely?

Hi Kasey! This happens quite a lot and is certainly nothing to worry about. Will you be sending new save the date cards? If so, I would recommend making them look slightly different to your original ones so that people don't mistake them for copies and throw them out without reading the new date. I also recommend avoiding negative words like "regret" or "unfortunately."


A good idea is to put a positive spin on the cards ( or texts / emails). The title "Change the Date" or "Save the NEW Date" works well. You can say something like "Don't dust off your dancing shoes yet! Due to [reason], we are now getting married on [date]."

Your reason can be whatever you like! You could say you've changed venues (if the venue wasn't written on the original card), you could say there is a conflicting event (for example, someone else important to you is getting married), or you just need more time to plan, etc.


I hope this helps. If you need any more suggestions or advice, please don't hesitate to get in contact with me.

how to word the wedding invitations

Hi I'm having a ceremony and I'm wanting the guests to come for dinner and pay for their own meals and drinks as our wedding gift but I'm unsure how to word it? Thanks

Hi! I recently had a bride who did this for her wedding. In her invitations, she included a menu where you could pre-order your dinner on the RSVP card. Her wording is as follows:

"As most people would normally have a wishing well or gift table, we are requesting something different!

Since we are combining two households into one, we have no need for anything.

Your gift to us is just your presence and for you to purchase your own meal.

We have included a menu for the night and would appreciate if you could please pre-order when you RSVP.

This will make the night run smoothly. If any issues arise regarding the meals or accommodation, please let us know and we will help in any way possible."

If it's just a standard cost per head, & guests can't choose what they want ahead of time, you can amend it to something along the lines of "we respectfully ask for a contribution of $x per head for your meal & drinks" & either provide your bank details or ask for cash on the night.

Good luck and let me know what you end up writing :)

Cheers,
Lava x

When do you send out invitations? How far in advance should RSVPS be?

Hi Rachel,

Invitations for local weddings should be sent out 2-3 months prior. Invitations for destination weddings & international guests should be sent 6 -12 months prior. The RSVP date is largely dependant on when the venue needs the numbers by. Generally, the RSVP date is anywhere between 3-6 weeks prior to the wedding. It's best to add 1 week to the venue's required RSVP deadline, because you will most likely need to chase guests up. Unfortunately, a lot of people don't reply on time.

I hope this helps! Cheers, Lava.

Pocket fold invites - what colours look best?

Hi, I'm totally lost atm with what colours to use with my diy pocket fold invitations. The pocket folds are ivory and the paper is ivory I want to use a glitter card mat to stick the invite on but not sure if to use silver or blue. Our wedding colour is turquoise blue. Just not sure what will look better or if I should use a different colour paper then ivory. Thank you

Hi Charlene, How exciting! I think adding turquoise blue would be a nice touch. Using your wedding colours in an invitation is always the way to go. If you have some time up your sleeve, please contact me about glitter cards. I have quite a few turquoise & blue glitter papers available and I can send samples to you to check which colour fits best. There are quite a few different ivories out there, so some blues might clash if the ivory is too strong. If you are unsure about making the glitter paper turquoise, you could use the silver and then add the turquoise in another way (with ribbon, etc). Cheers, Lava x

What's the average cost for wedding invitations?

Looking at getting roughly 85 invitations done. I'm trying to keep the cost down as much as possible. What's the average cost.

Hi Belinda,

Great question! The price of an invitation is based on:

1. The number of cards per invitation

2. Materials involved in making the invitation (ie. Sparkling embellishments, ribbons will cost more)

3. Labour involved

Handmade invitations usually begin at around $4 and can go up to $20 depending on the style.

If you don't want to have them made for you, another great alternative would be to find a design you like on Etsy and print them at a printer or at home.

Otherwise please get in contact with me if you don't want to make them yourself. I can quote you based on the style you like. A lot of my brides send me Pinterest boards so that I can get a feel of the theme and style they want.

Cheers,

Lava

When should you send out save the dates ?

Our wedding is 2.5 hours from where we and most of our guests live , and is in the school holidays ... I don't want to give too much notice , but I also don't want to give them too little notice When everyone eill have to travel and book accommodation.

Hi Sarah! For international guests (or if it's an international / destination wedding), 10-18 months ahead of time is recommended. This way, your guests have time to save money for flights and accommodation. Local weddings are a bit easier. They only require 6-12 months before the wedding date (12 months being the maximum). If you send them out more than 12 months ahead, it's difficult to book flights or accommodation and most likely your guests will forget about it altogether. Formal invitations can then be sent about 2-3 months before the wedding date. I hope this helps. Cheers, Lava.


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