With the inevitable stress of planning the big day, from budgeting, to choosing vendors, to narrowing down your preferences all while managing family drama, your wedding invitations should be the least stress-provoking item on your list!  Here are a few suggestions for keeping your wedding invitation selection and process stress-free:

1) Get recommendations. If your sister, cousin, and best friend have gotten married before you, ask them how they did it. Did they order their stationery from a particular store, or from an online site? What brand of stationery did they select? Did they design their own? Talk to your calligrapher before making your choice, and ask for some recommendations too, since some stationery “accepts” calligraphy ink better than others. Getting suggestions and ideas from people you trust can make your decision easier.

2) Plan ahead. Since invitations should ideally be sent out between 6-8 weeks before the wedding date, be sure to give yourself enough time to choose the invitations, have them addressed, and send them out so that your guests can RSVP in time. When scheduling, start with the wedding date and work backwards, giving yourself some key deadlines. For example:

  • [Wedding date]
  • Send out invites (6-8 weeks before)
  • Envelope addressing (allow at least 2 weeks)
  • Finalize invitation list (2 weeks)
  • Select / order stationery

This way, you won’t add to the stress level of having to do everything at the last minute.

3) Ask about invitation assembly.  After hand-addressing your envelopes, some calligraphers will stuff and even mail them for you. Remember to ask if this is a service that they provide, since this is sure to save you time and energy and will be one less thing you have to do.