Tips and Tricks For Mailing Your Stationery

Weigh Your Assembled Stationery
When you order through Noteworthy Ink, we weigh your completed stationery for you! When planning your stationery order, don't forget that some assembled invitations require extra postage. Pocketfold sets, for example, typically require $0.68 in postage (as of 2016). Alternatively, postcards only need $0.34 in postage (as of 2016) making this a great option for your save the dates or reply cards. Whatever you decide, make sure to check with your stationer before you order your cute wedding stamps!

Did you know? Square envelopes require more postage than their rectangle counterparts.

Hand-cancelled envelopes, image via Charleston Crafted

Hand-cancelled envelopes, image via Charleston Crafted

Hand-Cancel Your Mail
Instead of letting the post office run your stationery through a machine-operated sorting system (which marks each envelope with thick lines and may damage the envelope in the process) ask them to “hand cancel” your invitations. This means that they’ll use a special ink stamp to mark your invitation and they’ll sort it by hand, reducing the risk of the damage. Most post offices are flexible with this option, though some may add a fee for this extra service. It's well worth the trip inside to save your beautiful, custom stationery from ruin!
 

Rose Quartz & Serenity Blue Styled Shoot

With dreamy photos captured by B. Jones Photography, and beautiful styling and planning by Bright & Co., how could this ballet and Pantone Colors of the Year -inspired styled shoot not be incredible!?

From Kiara (Owner/Planner at Bright & Co.), "When I first laid eyes upon “Serenity” and “Rose Quartz”, the dual Pantone Color of the Year for 2016, what immediately struck me was the soft, dreamy, and playful nature of both colors and how they complemented each other so beautifully."

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We were thrilled to join this team of fantastic wedding pros and design a custom invitation suite and place cards. We used Pantone's colors as a starting point, and took inspiration from the flowers GATHER was assembling (garden roses, peonies, ranunculus, and blue delphinium). To coordinate with the ballet theme, we used calligraphic fonts, muted colors, and a petal-fold design that matched inspiration words "airy", "movement", "modern".

Read more about the styled shoot on our Perfect Palette feature!
www.theperfectpalette.com/2016/02/pantone-color-of-year-rose-quartz-and.html

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Photography: B. Jones Photography // Event Planning: Bright & Co. // Design + Decor: Silk & Willow // Floral Designer: Gather // Bakery: BAKED Custom Cakes // Calligraphy: Cable Car Couture // Jewelry: Green Lake Jewelry Works // Culinary: Heritage Distilling // Invitation Designer: Noteworthy Ink // Event Venue: OlympicRooftop Pavillion // Dress Store: The Dress Theory - Seattle // Jewelry: The Mrs. Box // Makeup: Yessi Libby Makeup and Hair // Rentals: Vintage Ambiance // Rentals: CORT Party Rental // Rentals: Fanciful Rentals

WHEN TO MAIL YOUR WEDDING STATIONERY

Congratulations, you're engaged! Now comes the fun part - planning!

Once you have picked out your dream venue and your wedding date, it's time to start thinking about your Save The Dates. It is best to give your guests as much time as possible to plan their travel for your special day. Typical practice is to mail your Save The Dates about 6-8 months prior to your wedding. If you are having a destination wedding, or inviting several out of town guests, the earlier you send them the better.

Now that your guests have your date marked on their calendars, begin thinking about your wedding invitations. Remember, your stationery is your guests' first impression of your wedding! Here are some things to keep in mind:

  1. Your invitations should reflect your wedding theme/style, and formality.
  2. Let your personalities shine through!
  3. Be thinking about the necessary stationery pieces you will need in your invitation suite. For example, do you have a wedding website where guests can find most of your day-of information, or will you need an Extra Insert Card with that information?
  4. Know your budget. Invitations can be made in all shapes and sizes, and using a variety of papers and printing techniques. Make sure to request a quote from your stationer, and discuss different options to work within your budget.

Now that you know what you want, it's best to order your invitations about 10-12 weeks prior to your wedding. Custom invitations can typically take 3-5 weeks for design time, printing, and mailing. You should plan to mail your invitations 6-8 weeks before your wedding. Most reply cards should have a deadline of 2-3 weeks for final guest count.

Happy Planning!