3rd July 2018
5 mistakes to avoid when prepping your wedding invitations
The good old rule ‘less is more’ truly applies here, as does the importance of proofreading.
1. Avoid them typos
Nothing could be more upsetting than sending out invitations to hundreds of guests with a spelling or grammatical mistake. Reading your wedding stationery, especially the invitations, 100 times over before printing isn’t enough – rope in someone impartial (with a good command of language) to proof your stationery too… you’d be amazed how easy it is to miss mistakes when you’re anticipating every word!
2. Too many colours…
… will indeed spoil the stationery. Avoid getting over zealous with colours for your wedding invites, otherwise you run the risk of them resembling a kids’ party invitation rather than a style befitting an occasion of this kind. Even if your wedding palette of choice includes multiple colours, pick one and stick to it.
3. Writing all the envelopes alone
Writing heaps of wedding invitations can get tiring, and when you’re tired, it’s almost a given that mistakes will be made. Making multiple mistakes on wedding invites OR envelopes can be costly if you only ordered a reasonable number of spares – so break up the writing time and do one batch at a time, ideally with somebody’s assistance who can overlook the writing process and spot any mistakes. Alternatively, you can have them printed or written by a professional.
4. Incorporating many styles into your stationery
Just as you may have had a hard time picking a theme for your wedding – but ultimately settled on just one, or a mix of two – you’ve probably experienced something similar for your wedding invites. Avoid overcomplicating your stationery with lots of styles, fuss and frills, which can be both kitsch and costly, and instead, give your guests a mere teaser of what they can expect at your wedding.
5. Ordering too many or too few
Having just the right amount of invitations as per your guest list AND over-ordering are both scenarios that you should try to avoid. Have a look at your guest list and see whether invitations addressed to members of the same family may be grouped, and be sure to order around 20 per cent more invitations and envelopes from the total headcount in case of last-minute additions, invitations getting lots in the mail, as well as written mistakes.