How Important Is Your Wedding/Event Invitation?

I spend a lot of time with my clients helping them to design the perfect invitation, whether we go to a graphic artist or choose an invitation from a book.  It takes time and thought and most  of all can eat into the entire wedding/event budget.  How important is the invitation to you?

When answering this question you have to consider that the invitation is usually the first thing that your guest receives and it can set the tone.  If you are having a themed Bar Mitzvah it can allude to the theme and create some pre-event excitement.  If it is for a wedding it lets your guests get a feel for your style.

A traditional paper/snail mail invite does cost money to produce which can eat away at your wedding/event budget. Especially when you add in the cost for calligraphy, postage and  the time it takes to sort and stuff your invite.  And just when you think your done you find yourself standing in line at the post office having them weighed so you know how much postage to buy, but wait- still not done because after you affix the postage you will most likely want to hand cancel each invitation hoping that they will arrive to their destination as beautifully packaged as when they left your hands.

If you are tight for time and on a tight budget the paperless invite may be a great option for your. However, if you are going paperless you really need to know the age demographic of your guests. Does your 91 year old Grandmother even have email?  Does she know how to use it? When the arrives in her inbox will she realize what it is? or that it is from you? And finally will she be able to open the invite and later on remember she has it? Furthermore,  how do you even know if your evite even arrived in all the right inboxes?  Maybe it got caught in a spam filter or some cyberspace holding cell?

What are you planning to do for your invitation? Are you going paperless? Are you having one custom made or are you choosing yours from a book?

I would love to know your thoughts and decisions on this subject.  Please leave a comment and tell me what you think!

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3 Reasons Why Having a Guest List Will Save You Money

Having a clear idea of how many guests you intend to invite to your wedding should be your number one priority after you get engaged.    This one simple task can save you a lot of money, heartbreak and unnecessary stress.
Reason #1
Prior to the search for your perfect wedding location create a rough head count of your wedding guests.  Make sure to not only put down you and your fiancee’s friends and family make sure to check in with both sets of parents and have them begin to assemble their guest lists.
 I can’t begin to tell you how many brides fall in love with their “perfect” venue and immediately sign a contract and put down a deposit only to find out later  that the room is too small to accommodate the guest count.  Or you find out once the invites have mailed that you were wrong about how many people would be able to attend and now you are left with a space that is too large. So before you have to go through all the aggravation and heartache of cutting your list, finding a new venue and/or losing your deposit make a guest list spreadsheet.  Detail it as much as possible with a column for the out of town people, have a column for children, spouses, significant others and decide if you are going to offer your single friends to bring a friends. 
Reason #2
Most of your wedding costs are going to be based upon your guest count.  In order to accurately create a budget you really have to know how many people you are inviting and then how many you think will actually attend. This way when you find that perfect location you will be able to determine cost for food and beverage based on your head count since most venues will charge per person.  
Reason # 3
Ordering too few or too many invitations is a sure fire way to wreak havoc on your budget in addition to adding unnecessary chaos and stress. Having a very detailed spreadsheet listing all your guests, their families, partners and significant others will determine the number of invitations you will need to order.
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