Today we’ve got some great tips, trend advice, and even a promo code for savings (use code: 15FF51) for those of you designing your destination wedding invitations! Joining us is invitation guru and expert, Eric Mortensen, from Basic Invite here to tell you what you need to know when ordering your wedding stationery.
We’re big fans of Basic Invite, an amazing resource for your paper goods! From an almost unlimited color collection (and an instant preview tool online to see just what that looks like for you) to matching wedding sets for every invitation, they take the guesswork out of ordering your big day details online. With matching wedding sets (a must do for a destination wedding), you even have an array of other options including that oh-so important save the date, menus, programs, thank you cards and more to match your wedding invitations!
But enough about their swanky sets, let’s get to the 411 for your big day!
JF: What’s the first thing a destination couple should do to share their big day with their guests and when?
BI: A save the date is a really good idea for any couple that is planning a destination wedding. As all of your guests will need to travel and a save the date gives you guests enough forewarning to schedule time off and make the travel necessary travel arrangements. For a destination wedding the save the date should be sent as early as 12 months and no later than 9 months prior to the wedding.
JF: What information do couples need to give guests when planning a destination wedding and what creative ways can they do that?
BI: Aside from the regular items that need to be included on a wedding invitation such as wedding website, accommodations info etc. Some other stationery that is helpful to include that can make your guest much more comfortable is the following:
Welcome Packet – Having a nice welcome packet for when you guest arrive at their room that has a thank you message from the bride and groom will not only impress your guests but will make them feel like the whole trip was worth it.
Activity Itinerary – Giving your guests a printed itinerary will give them something to look forward to as well as make sure they don’t miss out on a minute of the fun.
JF: What are some hot trends in destination wedding invitations?
Pocket wedding invitations are a very popular trend for destination weddings. The pocket adds a sense of elegance to any wedding invitation set. Allowing the couple to present the many different enclosure cards needed in an organized and easy to read fashion.
JF: When couples order invitations online, how do they know they are getting a great product?
BI: When ordering online, it is very difficult to see print and paper quality. Make sure you use a company that offers at least generic samples of their invitations so you can see first hand the quality of the invitations. Basic Invite is one of the few companies that offers printed custom samples. This way you can see what your actual invitation will look like once it is printed before you place your full order.
JF: What’s the wedding invitation process like?
BI: When ordering invitations from Basic Invite on average you will receive your order in 7 business days. Including Basic Invite’s custom printed samples. So couples should start designing their invitation about 30 days before they would need to send them. This will leave plenty of time to receive samples and make any adjustments before sending out the invitation. For a destination wedding, the wedding invitations should be sent out 3 months prior to the wedding.
JF: Best piece of advice for couples ordering wedding invitations?
BI: Start early! I know that is seems a little silly but if you start designing your invitations early it gives you plenty of time to really think about the design, color theme, and even wedding details. Planning a wedding can be stressful enough so start early to be able to breathe a little easier.
For more information about Basic Invite or to order your paper products and wedding invitations, check them out online. And better yet, use promo code 15FF51 and save on your purchase, whatever you select!