Quantity of Invitation (Series 1 - Part 2 of 4)
When I first receive a call from a couple, I tend to ask a few questions about their wedding – the date, the venue for ceremony and reception, color scheme and overall theme. It’s important to have essential logistics nailed down before ordering wedding invitations.
Along with the essential logistics, knowing who the point of contact to get the invitation process will keep the guess work down. Begin compiling your guest list, so you will have a rough estimate of how many invitations you will need for your quote. You do not necessarily need each name and address to begin the process, though you should have a good idea of the total number.
Remember to count 1 per household, not per guest – or you’ll end up with a lot of extras! Figure in 2-3 for keepsakes, 1-2 for photographer, 5-10 extra invitations & enclosures (in case you expand your guest list or if one gets lost in the mail), and 20% extra envelopes (Ex. If ordering 100 invitations, add 20 extra envelopes in case of addressing mess-ups).
It is far less costly to order the additional invitations, enclosures and envelops with the original order. Once an order has been placed, it cannot be altered with regards to quantity or items. If an additional order is needed, it will be considered a "new order" and in the end will wind up costing you much more than if you had made the initial investment by ordering more on the initial order.
Stay tuned for Part III – Why do I need the Post Office to assess the postage? And where do I buy stamps?