It can be tricky to design a wedding! You’ll want to find a balance between a unique design and a look that represents you and your fiancé as a couple. I try to find inspiration in unassuming places. Keep your eyes open for interesting patterns and colour combinations you may not have used before. You may even come across an interesting object like a jewellery box, a beautiful iPhone case, or an article of clothing. You could use an item like this as inspiration for wedding design. Once you find the inspiration you need, let it guide you in making design choices throughout the planning process. When you meet with your vendors, make sure to bring along your inspiration piece to help narrow down what you’re looking for. A pretty pattern or colour palette might inspire your florist or cake decorator, so it’s important to give as much visual guidance as possible in those meetings. You may want to take it one step further and create a physical inspiration board with magazine clippings, fabrics, and colour swatches, or dedicate an online Pinterest board to things that inspire you. It’ll be incredibly helpful to you if you start out the planning process with a strong vision and complete design in mind. I’m including pictures of items that have inspired me lately – hopefully they inspire you too!
The most frequently asked question I hear from couples during the early stages of wedding planning is “when do we send our invitations?”
Here’s a guideline to know what steps to take, and how to meet deadlines that will keep your guests up-to-date and informed about your big day!
Save the Dates
6 to 8 months
Save the Dates are especially important for out of town relatives and guests. By providing 6- to 8-months notice, there’s a better likelihood that guests will have the time they need to make travel arrangements. Save the Dates are a must for destination weddings!
8 to 10 weeks
As a rule, invitations should be mailed to guests 2+ months before the wedding. If you are planning a destination wedding, consider sending your invitations closer to 3+ months in advance. To meet these deadlines, order your invitation suite approximately 14 weeks in advance. If you plan to use a calligrapher to address envelopes, order sooner.
2 to 4 weeks
You’ll need to provide guests with a deadline to R.S.V.P. to your wedding. The ideal timeframe for reply cards is 2 to 4 weeks. Have a conversation with your caterer or wedding coordinator about when your final guest count is needed (some caterers will request final numbers 2 weeks in advance!). Once your R.S.V.P. date has passed, it is socially acceptable to follow up with guests. Give yourself enough time to contact those forgetful guests that may not reply in time.