January 13, 2014
Regina Womble from UR Invited has been a colleague of mine for the last 4 years. She specializes in weddings and special event stationary and she custom makes each and every single one of them. Regina was kind enough to share some answers to a few commonly asked stationary questions.
Should I send out Save The Dates?
The purpose of the Save to Date is to inform family & friends of a significant event. The most popular style is a postcard style with the couples engagement photo. However, the electronic version has become very popular along with magnets. Save the Dates are generally sent out at least six to twelve months before the wedding date and are usually followed by a formal wedding invitation. In my opinion, Save the Dates are an important component of the wedding stationary package.
What is the current trend for Invitations?
Anything but the traditional styles and matte finishes. The trends include: single double and triple layers; Denali pockets; Pocketfolds; Invites in Silk boxes; Invites embellished with Swarovski crystals, ribbons and rhinestone buckles; and Acrylic rectangles and squares.
What is a good timeline for invitations to go out?
Six to eight weeks is sufficient from the set RSVP deadline.
How far in advance should RSVP’s come back and why?
Your RSVP’s should come back 2-3 weeks before the wedding; most caterers require a head count at least 2 weeks before the wedding. The sole purpose for the RSVP is the reserve your seat at the table and provide a final head count.
What is the best way for Brides to manage their RSVPs?
Use Excel to create a master spreadsheet. The Bride can use it to manage addresses for the invitations, the count from the RSVPs, table assignments, and she will have the addresses for her Thank you notes.
What does a Brides Invitation say about her wedding?
Many times, I have received calls from the Mother of the Bride and the Bride herself to share some of the compliments she has received about her invitation. The invitation should invoke a feeling or emotion. It should convey a sense of your style and it should speak to the personality of the Bride & Groom.
Thank you Regina for sharing some stationary 101 Q & A with me!
Have a fantastic 2014!
Regina Womble’s Email Address – firstname.lastname@example.org
Regina’s Bio: In 1997, I graduated from an intensive two year Desktop Publishing program at Randolph Community College. After graduating, I started creating personal stationary for my family and friends. I soon discovered my love for creating wedding stationary. I began searching the Internet to see what other companies were offering in terms of wedding invitations. The larger companies were offering the traditional styles. I wanted to focus on the styles that were not so prevalent in the marketplace. My vision is to create wedding stationary that compliments a Bride’s personality and the vision she has for her wedding. My goal to work within every Bride’s budget to create her one of a kind custom stationary that will impress everyone who receives it and invoke an emotion. I tell all my Brides that their invitation is the first glimpse of what their guest will experience when attending their wedding.