As a lover of all things event planning and snail mail, I thought the invitations for our wedding would be a breeze. There are a lot of great semi-custom online options like Minted, Etsy, and Zazzle but leave it to me to design a fully custom suite.
The overall design and printing process wasn’t too bad, I’ve done a decent amount of production to understand paper weights, printing styles, and finishes. My biggest learnings came from wording (to ensure your recipients interpret the information the way you want them to) and postage.
Interested in doing your own invites? I’d highly recommend it but check out five takeaways from my DIY experience so you don’t have to learn these the hard way, like me.
- A surprising number of people use RSVP cards. Of course, RSVP cards are a standard feature within the invitation suite but I assumed that with the popularity of wedding websites more people would RSVP online. I even included, “Details and RSVP online at: wedding website URL” on our RSVP card but we still received at least 70% mail-in RSVPs so far.
- As such, you should include the return mailing address on your RSVP card envelopes. This was a small detail that I overlooked in my assumption that most people would RSVP online. If I could do it over again, I’d include the return address and a postage stamp on the envelopes.
- Weight isn’t the only factor in determining postage cost. Our “save the dates” were square and as a result required more postage. The USPS has a ton of info on their website but unusually shaped square or vertical envelopes will cost more to send. Additionally, if you’re considering a wax seal detail – plan for extra postage.
- Vintage postage should be applied with extra adhesive. My envelopes included a thoughtfully curated stamp collection – one vintage Florida stamp (for him), vintage Alaska stamp (for me), vintage Washington stamp (for us), and vintage-looking Forever stamp (for USPS). I’ve used vintage postage in the past and had no issues but this time around the only stamp that stuck through delivery was the Forever stamp. I’m assuming that the old adhesive gum on the vintage stamps just wore down but in the future, I recommend using a glue stick for applying these.
- Order extras. In addition to giving yourself some extra room for mistakes when addressing envelopes, you should keep a few samples for your photographer to capture day-of.
And there you have it, my best tips from my own wedding planning experience. All in all, most people don’t notice the details (or lack of stamps) but keeping a few practical tips in mind can ensure a smooth experience for you and your guests.