After being in business for a few years now, we’ve pretty much seen everything possible go wrong with the wedding invitations. Whether it’s a serious typo that was missed during the proofing stages or a major miscount, there are definitely a lot of factors to consider before you send out those-oh-so-important wedding invitations for your big day. However, lots of experience has taught us that not everyone knows what to keep in mind when picking out, ordering, and sending out their invites, so today we’ve compiled the top 8 wedding invitation tips that you absolutely must know as a bride-to-be.

Read on, take notes, and watch as Down The Aisle helps you with managing the invites with our 8 tips you need to know first for a stress-free invitation experience!

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1. Figure out your style & colors before ordering your wedding invitations.

It’s cliche, but it’s the truth: your wedding invitations really do establish the tone and style of your day. They’re the first glimpse into your wedding that you’ll guests will see and whether you like it or not, they honestly set an expectation for what’s to come. So if you’re having a luxurious, black-tie wedding, don’t send out low-key, basic invites. Trust us, it will cause major confusion.

Secondly, make sure you have your colors chosen before you order the wedding invitations. The last thing you want is to have to fork out even more money because you changed your mind about the color palette 2 months into the engagement.

2. Remember to stamp & address the R.S.V.P return envelopes.

Getting your guests to send back the R.S.V.P in a timely manner (or, in some cases, at all) can be a hassle. But you don’t know frustration until you realize that the main reason they aren’t dropping those little cards in the mail is because you forgot the stamp the return envelopes. It’s amazing, but a stamp is a powerful little nudge.

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3. Always order extra wedding invitations!

To be safe rather than sorry, always order plenty of extra wedding invites (around 20 should do). My oh my do they come in handy when you unexpectedly have to add on to your guest list or after you’ve messed up quite a few envelopes during the addressing phase. Having a few extras on hand are always great for a keepsake/memento.

4. Weigh a sample invite before sending to guests.

Nothing spells disaster like having every single one of your wedding invitations returned to your for insufficient postage (yikes!). Make sure you are covered from the get-go by dropping by your local post office to have one of your invites weighed before send-off. Also make sure the post office has enough of the stamps you desire. 

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5. Double & Triple proof the final sample.

Proofing your wedding invitations is a no-brainer suggestion, but we recommend that you not only double check, but triple check. Oh, and a fresh pair of eyes is always helpful — so consider having your maid of honor and bridesmaids join you for a wine-filled proof party, too.

6.  Number your R.S.V.P cards.

Trust us, most of your guests will forget to write their names on the R.S.V.P cards they return to you. To prevent chaos went those nameless cards come in the mail, number your cards on the back and match them with a corresponding name on your guest list before you send them out.

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7. Don’t lick, use a glue stick!

Don’t waste hours trying to seal your wedding envelopes the old fashioned way — invest in a cheap glue stick and let it do all the work for you!

8. Count mailing addresses, not invitees!

We’ve heard horror stories about couples ordering too many–wasting that precious wedding budget–invitations. Remember — just because you are inviting 150 people doesn’t mean that you need 150 invites! Count your mailing addresses instead since many of your invitees will likely reside at the same place.

Have an invitation uh-oh on your hands? Contact us — we’re already happy to help a bride in distress!

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