Congratulations, youʼre getting married!
There are few events in life that take as much planning as your wedding day. JG Imprinters provides a huge selection of wedding invitations as well as save the date cards, reception supplies, wedding favors and more.
Add this bridal printing checklist to your planning notebook and use it to keep track of the custom printing you will need for your wedding.
A formal wedding invitation should include several key elements that form a wedding invitation package. Invitations should be mailed six to eight weeks before the wedding.
- Wedding Invitation: This is the main component of the wedding invitation package and should contain all the important information and wedding details.
- RSVP Card: Whether you choose a postcard or a card with an envelope, your return card should be stamped and addressed so your guests can easily return it to you. You should request that guests respond at least two weeks prior to the ceremony so that you will have time to finalize plans with the venue and caterer.
- Reception Cards: You should include a reception card in the wedding invitation package if the reception will be held at a separate location from the wedding or if only a select number of guests are invited to attend.
- Direction Cards: It is helpful to your guests to include directions or a map to the ceremony and reception.
- Envelopes: A formal wedding invitation should have two envelopes. This tradition dates from a time when a servant would receive the mail and remove the dirty outer envelope before delivering the clean inner envelope to the mistress of the house. Though it is true that few people employ butlers anymore, it is still considered proper etiquette to include both envelopes.
Announcements and Invitations
There are many exciting events surrounding a wedding. Donʼt forget to include these items in your printing budget.
- Save the Date: Save the date cards should be sent nine to twelve months before the wedding. These cards let your guests know that an invitation will follow, and they should leave their calendars open. The save the date card can be a postcard, magnet or traditional card.
- Bridal Shower Invitations: Should be sent out two to three weeks prior to the bridal shower.
- Rehearsal Dinner Invitations: Should be sent out two to three weeks prior to the rehearsal dinner.
- Thank You Cards: Order enough thank you cards for both the bridal shower and the wedding. Thank you cards should be sent out no more than two weeks after receiving a gift.
- Wedding Announcements: Send wedding announcements to distant friends and relatives that were unable to attend the wedding. The announcements should be mailed the day of the wedding or the day after.
For the Wedding Reception
Custom printing will add a special touch to your big day.
- Place Cards: Place cards enable your guests to find their seats at your reception.
- Menu Cards: Whether your reception features a formal dinner or a buffet, placing several menu cards at each table will be a welcome convenience to your guests.
- Napkins: Napkins for a wedding reception will typically include the names of the bride and groom as well as the date.
- Novelties: Small details often have the biggest imprint. Mints and sugar packets featuring the bride and groomʼs names are always a hit.
- Wedding Favors: Wedding favors are a fun way to thank your guests for sharing your big day. Mint tins and seeded confetti make delightfully memorable favors.