Wedding Invitation Mistakes to Avoid

After the guest list is finalized and you have selected your stationary, it is time to address and add verbiage to your wedding invitations.  This is a very exciting process, but there are a few common missteps that you want to avoid.  Here they are.

Too much information in a small space.

Have you every passed a sign on the road that had so much information you couldn’t digest any of it? While a wedding invitation is in hand and you can focus more on the details, too much in a small space can be a little overwhelming. It also robs your stationary of its beauty. You want to find the right balance of saying enough, but not too much. Create a bulleted list of the essential details and use as few words a possible to pass them along.  Any extra fluff can get lost and jumbled.  

Including registry information.

While some of your guests will wonder where you are registered, your wedding invitation is not the place to list those details. Your wedding party can help to spread the word for those who ask, or you can include it on your wedding website. Adding this on the invitation can be a little off-putting and requesting a gift is disrespectful.

Failure to proofread.

Once you have finalized the verbiage on your invitation be sure to proofread! Check and re-check, then have a friend check behind you.  The last thing you want is a typo or grammatical error not to be found.  Some brides will even frame and display their invitations, so keep it clean and error free.

Not adding enough postage.

Some stationary is thick and heavy requiring more postage than regular mail. Rather than purchasing a book of stamps and dropping your bulk into the mailbox, take your stack to the post office and have it weighed.  If you are working within a window of time to receive RSVP’s, it is essential each invitation is mailed properly.  Also include accurate postage to the return cards. Your guests should not have to supply their own postage to respond to your invitation.  

Not ordering enough.

Always order more than you need!  It is unavoidable, there will be mistakes made that require a re-do. You may also realize last minute that you accidentally forgot a co-worker or friend on your guest list. Have some extra invitations on hand just in case.

Hidden Wedding Cost You Didn’t Anticipate

 

You plan and budget like a pro for your wedding, and finally you have it all figured out…until those hidden expenses rear their ugly head.  It happens to many brides, they find themselves surprised by those pesky charges that didn’t exactly make the wedding budget spreadsheet.  Here are a few hidden fees you can anticipate helping you avoid last-minute shock.

Dress Alterations:

You know “the one” when you see it, and it is beautiful!  The price is even right for your budget.  But, don’t forget that all brides are not created the same.  More than likely you will need a few alterations to make it look perfect, and wedding dress alterations can get quite expensive. Be sure to account for last minute tweaks too!  Brides have been known to gain or lose a few pounds right before the big day.

Beauty Treatments:

If you are dreaming of sitting around and getting pampered all day before you walk down the aisle, maybe you have already hired a hair and makeup specialist and planned for this expense.  But, if you have not pre-arranged these details, you may be surprised to find that beauty expenses such as hair, make-up, nails, and waxing will add up fast.  You want to look your best when you make your grand appearance, and of course for all your photos!

Postage:

Remember to add postage fees to the total cost of your invitations.  It is also customary to include a pre-stamped return envelope to make it easy for guests to RSVP.  So, be sure to take your postage cost and double it!

Gifts:

Many couples like to surprise each other with a romantic gift right before the ceremony.  It is also nice to have a gift for both sets of parents on your wedding day; this is a big day for them too!  Not to mention, officiant tips or gifts and something small for the wedding party is a wonderful custom to let these important people know that you appreciate their support.

Venue Fees:

Venue fees can quickly and most unexpectedly add up by the end of the night.  Remember to account for taxes, gratuities for your servers and bartenders, cleanup costs, and overtime hours for the staff working so hard at your reception.  Also, keep in mind that many venues will charge cake-cutting and wine corking fees for items brought in from an outside vendor.

There are many ways to keep the cost of your wedding under control when you are on a budget, just remember to give yourself some breathing room for these unexpected fees!