THE WEDDING INVITATION IS A GUEST’S FIRST IMPRESSION OF YOUR BIG DAY

That’s why you want to put your best foot forward with a personalised preview. So how do you do that with a piece of paper?

First, decide what you want your invites to highlight – whether it’s a general feel, like a formal design to match your 7pm start time, or a specific element, like a floral motif to accent your garden venue. To gather inspiration, look at real weddings on bridesmagazine.co.uk and stationery.

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9 WAYS TO SAVE NAIL YOUR NUMBER

If you run out of invitations and need to print more, the cost can go up.

To avoid unexpected fees, add an extra 10 suites and 20 envelopes.

2 GET A DIGITAL FILE

Hire a pro to design the invitation, reply card and info card in a PDF that you can take to a local printer.

3 GO SEMI-CUSTOM

Tweak a style in a stationer’s existing collection to lower costs.

4 THINK THINNER

Print the reply and info cards on one-ply paper, rather than two-ply.

5 NIX THE REPLY CARD

Instead, do a mini tag that includes only the RSVP date and a URL where guests can respond. (It’s an open link, so do monitor replies.)

6 OR MAKE IT A POSTCARD

Eliminate the envelope and save!

7 DIY ASSEMBLY

Stuffand stamp envelopes (with your bridesmaids and some wine).

8 PRINT ADDRESSES DIGITALLY

On the outer envelope, use a typeface that looks like real calligraphy.

9 OR REDUCE CALLIGRAPHY COSTS

Ifyou are set on hand-written addresses, ask what your pro charges to use a brush marker or ballpoint pen. Sites such as ohsobeautifulpaper.com and pull at least five examples of what you like (and don’t like) to help guide your vision.

For the actual production, decide how involved you want to be and how much you want to spend. Your choices are to work in person or online with a stationer or graphic designer on a custom or semi-custom suite (the term for the invite, reply card, info card and all envelopes), hire a calligrapher or illustrator to hand-draw the design or create your own on a site like Minted or Put a stamp on it.

Paperless Post (which offers actual paper too). If you’re going the custom route, consult a pro 10 months beforehand; if not, you can wait until the six-month mark. Starting early allows time for back and forth in the design process, plus printing, assembling and addressing.

Save-the-dates should be sent six to eight months before the big day (10 months if it’s a destination wedding), with the formal invitation posted just six to eight weeks prior, or 10 weeks if most guests will need to travel.

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