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Eight Wedding Invitation Hacks to Save You Time and Money

Eight Wedding Invitation Hacks to Save You Time and Money

Whether your wedding invitations are stacked in a pile before you or you’re about to click the “order now” button on your stationer’s website, I have eight simple wedding invitation hacks to save you time and money.

I once read somewhere that opening a wedding invitation is unlike opening any other piece of mail–so true, right?

So much thought and care goes into envelope addressing, invitation wording, design and other elements that make your invitation unique.

Wedding invitations might seem like a simple to-do, but, as with anything wedding-related, it can be more involved than it appears. Fortunately, these helpful wedding invitation hacks will make the process a bit easier for you.

After helping thousands of brides over the past five years, I have learned a few common tricks of the trade that will save you time, money and any last-minute headaches. 

Here are my top eight wedding invitation hacks. 

How to Organize your Wedding Guest List in Excel

How to Organize your Wedding Guest List in Excel

Does it feel like your wedding planning to-do list never ends? How will you keep track of all of those RSVPs? Gifts? Food allergies?

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, then it’s time to learn how to organize your wedding guest list in Excel.

Be the bride who has it all together–the one who sends thank you cards on time and remembers Aunt Mae’s gluten allergy. Quickly pass along meal selections to your caterer. Know the names of every plus one. Make your seating plan in a snap.

Imagine how relieved you’ll feel when you can easily keep track of RSVPs, meal choices, phone numbers, and more–all in one place.

Today, I am spilling the beans on how to organize your wedding guest list in Excel. Not only is this useful for wedding invitation addressing, but it will also help you keep track of RSVPs and meal selections, get a final headcount before the big day, develop your seating chart, and write thank you notes.

7 Light Blue Wedding Theme Ideas

7 Light Blue Wedding Theme Ideas

These light blue wedding theme ideas satisfy all of your pastel wedding dreams. If I’m honest, it leaves me wishing a could have a wedding do-over!

Sometimes, all you need are a few really great ideas to get you inspired before tackling your wedding planning to-do list.

If you have your heart set on a dreamy affair, full of elegant details with a hint of whimsy, you’ll adore today’s post.

Save the Date Cards: Everything You Need to Know

Save the Date Cards: Everything You Need to Know

You’ve set a date, now it's time to announce the big day to family and friends and answer that age-old question: 

Do you have to send save the date cards? 

Technically, no–you don’t have to send save the date cards. But, it is recommended. While you can always spread the news by word of mouth, mailing save the date cards is a great way to formally give guests all of the basic details. Plus, a tangible card is easy for loved ones to display at home or the office as a reminder of the big day. 

However, if you're hosting a small wedding (less than 30 guests) or if your budget is really tight, feel free to skip them. 

Are save the date cards necessary for you? When should save the date cards be mailed? And, what if you decide not to send them?

Answers to these questions and more in today’s post.

When to Order Wedding Invitations

When to Order Wedding Invitations

True story: I mailed my wedding invitations out four weeks before the big day. I was in such a panic, especially since I DIYed my invites and assembled with custom envelope liners, belly bands, vellum–you know, the works.

Overnight shipping from the print shop I used was outrageous, and once I had everything in my hands, I simply couldn’t get them assembled and in the mail fast enough.

You probably already know wedding invitations should be mailed out at least 6-8 weeks in advance of your wedding. (Even I knew that!)

But many brides are not sure when to order wedding invitations. (Hint: It is not a month before you need to mail them out!)

And while you’re juggling a full time job, planning a wedding, and trying to find a place together, little tasks like ordering invitations can really sneak up on you. (Trust me!)

In order to avoid rush fees, expedited shipping charges, and the added stress of mailing wedding invitations late, begin searching for a stationer as early as possible. Plus, the earlier you order, the more options you'll have to choose from–like specialty printing (hello, letterpress!) or envelope liners, both of which can take longer to produce.  

So, when is the best time to order wedding invitations? 

Find Out How Many Wedding Invitations to Order

Find Out How Many Wedding Invitations to Order

“Oh no–I need to order three more wedding invitations, and I need them overnighted! They were supposed to be mailed out yesterday!”

“At least ten invitations got lost in the mail. Help! I need extras ASAP!”

One wedding planning task clients tend to overlook is knowing how many wedding invitations to order.

The above snippets are from emails I’ve seen from panicked brides, weeks away from the big day, who were short just a few invitations. You want to avoid this scenario, right? (And I’m guessing, you’d also like to avoid paying overnight shipping plus rush printing fees plus the high cost of ordering a small print run.)

Mistakes happen to the best of us–I get it! But knowing how many wedding invitations you need is one scenario you can avoid with proper planning.

While you don't want too many invitations (saving every little bit of money helps, right?), you also want to make sure you have enough with a handful to spare. 

Whether you're early in the wedding planning process or one step away from hiring your stationer, today's post is perfect for you.

So, how many invitations do you really need? Keep on reading! I have a very simple formula below to help you determine how many wedding invitations to order.