When should I send my invitations out?

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Save-the-dates

If you’re having a destination wedding where most of your guests will have to travel, we recommend sending your save-the-dates at least eight months in advance – even up to a year if possible. You’ll want to include all the travel and accommodations information so your guests can book right away. If you’re having a hometown wedding with little travel involved, send your save-the-dates at least six months in advance.

Bridal Shower Invitations and Other Pre-Wedding Events

Bridal shower invitations are usually mailed out three to four weeks in advance – same goes for engagement parties. Set the RSVP date for one to two weeks in advance of the event.

Wedding Invitations

Wedding invitations should be mailed out at lease eight weeks before the wedding date. Ask your guests to return their RSVP cards by at least two weeks, preferably three, before the wedding date so that you and your vendors have enough time to create table assignments, place cards, etc.

Post-Wedding Brunch

If you’re having a post-wedding brunch that everyone is invited to, feel free to include a card with your wedding invitations. If you would like to know final numbers of guests attending, it is a good idea to include a tick box on your RSVP card  if they are attending the brunch so you can arrange catering.

Looking for wedding ideas? Follow our board on Pinterest for lots of wedding inspiration.

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Will you be my Bridesmaid?

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You’ve got the ring on your finger — what’s next? Choosing which of your girl friends and family members you want to stand up with you on the big day! It’s important to show how much it would mean to you to have them with your on your big day and also help you with advise and some decision making about your wedding day.

Here is a great way to ask them the question, Will you be my Bridesmaid?

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Top buys at Kmart

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This isn’t an invitation related blog post, but I just had to share some fantastic finds I spotted at Kmart! Best thing is all these items are under $30. Do yourself a favour and head to your nearest Kmart store of check out their website here

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A great alternative to a traditional guest book

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New to Invitation Boutique are Personalised Wedding Guest Signing Tree. A unique alternative to a traditional guest book. The tree fits approx 100-110 guest names/message. Available in a huge range of colours to match your wedding theme.

12×18 inch print $45 plus postage. To order simply email nicole@invitationboutique.net.au

   

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FREE Valentines Day Printables

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With Valentines Day just around the corner, I just couldn’t resist creating these free Valentines Day printables.

Print them out to give as a gift for the one you love, or print one out for yourself to put in a nice frame on your wall!

I couldn’t decide what colour I liked the best, so I’ve done a few different colour options for you to choose from.

They are all 8×10 inch, so it will fit nicely into a standard photo frame.

Click on the links below to download:

 

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Step outside the square with your bridesmaid dresses

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A fresh new trend hitting the wedding scene at the moment is patterned bridesmaids dresses. Playing with florals and prints is a fun way to add some colour and excitement to your special day and to create that unique look when your bridesmaids walk down the isle.

Some brides are even allowing their bridesmaids to each choose a dress that is flattering to them, meaning each bridesmaid wears a different dress. It may sound like a bit of a mix match, but it actually looks very striking.

Gone are the days of a typical wedding, 2013 is the year to be unique and search for that special something that will have your guests talking about your wedding for many months!

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68 Table Name ideas

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For brides out there who want to try doing something different at their wedding that will stand out amongst the rest, why not try do something unique and creative with your table names or numbers. I nice idea I saw at a wedding was creating special names for your tables that have meaning to both the bride and groom, or places you have lived or travelled together. Maybe the tables don’t need to have a name or a number, they could each have an object that represents something special to the bride or groom. I just came across this great site from Wedding Wire the gives you 68 unique ways to number your tables. Visit their site here.

 

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Create your own wedding website, it’s so easy!

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A personalised wedding website is a great way to share information about your wedding to your guests and keep them up to date with the happenings of your special day. You don’t need any design or technical website experience and it only takes minutes to set up. There are heaps of different templates to choose from and you can customize the site with different colours, fonts and pictures of the bride and groom to be. The site is particularly useful for location weddings, allowing you to share accommodation options and things to see and do while away.

Not only can you add important information and photographs, you can even allow guests to RSVP directly to your site. This allows you to keep track of who has replyed and those yet to respond. Your guests can even select a meal preference or note any dietary requirements.

Wedding websites are also a great planning tool for your big day. The Knot allows you to keep track of your wedding budget, letting you know how much you have spent and the most important thing, how much of your budget is left! It even splits up costs into sections like reception, beverages, transportation and stationery etc.

Another handy option on the site in a “to do” list. You enter your wedding date and the site will display things you should be doing at the particular time eg calling Invitation Boutique to talk to Nicole McCarroll about your wedding stationery! This list is quite extensive, they have thought about absolutely everything.

Here are a couple of sites I found that look great and are really easy to use. All you need to do is sign up and you are well on your way to creating your own personalised wedding website.

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The Knot


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Invitation Boutique launches new website

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After months of research and development, I am proud to reveal the new website for Invitation Boutique Wagga Wagga! This site is jam packed with inspirational ideas for wedding invitations, save the date cards, engagement and birthday invitations. There is also my very own collection of quality prints for you to help decorate your home. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating it! Make sure you tell your fiends about Invitation Boutique Wagga!

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Posting your wedding invitations

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An important component to consider when planning your wedding invitation budget is the postage costs of sending the invitations to your guests. This will help you determine what sort of invitation you want to create.

DL envelope (110 x 220mm) will cost 60 cents to send if it’s less than 5mm in thickness and under 50 grams. If the thickness is greater that 5mm the price will jump up to $1.20. If you are planning on adding ribbon or buckles to your invitations, you must keep in mind the height of the finished product and how much it will weigh when it’s all put together.

Square envelopes are classed as a large letter by Australia Post (150 mm or 160 mm square) and these cost $1.20 to send. Once again you need to be aware of the thickness and weight, these square envelopes must not be thicker than 20mm and can go up to 125 grams. The Australia Post website is really handy. You can type in your measurements and weight and it tells you how much it will cost to send.

A nice personal touch is to create your very own personalised wedding stamps. You can upload a photo of the bride and groom or even write the happy couples names or initials. You can do this all online via Australia Post.

If creating your own stamps isn’t your thing, there are also pre-printed wedding stamps that can tie in with your special occasion.

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