Everything You Need To Know About Invitations


UTCF Invites

Jess and I were meeting with some of our brides the other week when invitation questions kept coming up. When do we send them out? What about Save the Dates? When do we want RSVP’s and a headcount by?

I came across an article on Style Me Pretty that gave some great tips on mailing the invitations but I wanted a little more info to pass along to our brides. After talking with Julia from After a While Crocodile I think I have the answers to those burning invitation questions!

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How to Set the Tone:

To begin with your invitations are the first impression your guests will have of your wedding.  With that said you need to find or create an invitation that speaks to your personal style as a couple, that feels like it “matches” you and one that reflects the kind of event that you envision your wedding will be.

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Who Should We Use:

Your invitations are more than likely the most significant stationery purchase you will ever make and a significant part of your wedding. There are numerous options for invitations however I am biased and will always recommend using a local stationer. This allows you face-to-face contact, you can develop a relationship and they are easily accessible if you have any issues.

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How Much to Budget:

Remember when creating your invitation budget that you need not only to  consider the cost of your invitations but the day of paper, thank you notes and the cost of postage.

The day of paper consists of items such as  programs, menus, table numbers, escort cards favor tags, etc. these should all  have a similar look and feel, they do not need to match your invitations exactly but be of a similar quality and design.  You will want to have a cohesive look and feel throughout your event, your day of paper  continues a thread, expresses the theme of your day.


As for postage you will need a stamp for both the outer envelope and the rsvp envelope or rsvp post card. If you have an odd shaped or overweight invitation you will need extra postage, which happens quite frequently.

The current postage rates are (Check with the USPS for more detailed information):

Stamp .49 

Wedding stamp .71

Post card .35

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When to Send:


Should be ordered and mailed  6-8 months before the wedding.


Should be designed 6-8 months before the wedding.

Should be mailed 6-8* weeks before the wedding.

(6 weeks if there is a Save the Date, 8 weeks if there is not)

Destination weddings or weddings during holidays even earlier.

RSVP should be requested 2-3 weeks before  the wedding. 


Should be sent 1-2 weeks after the formal invitations.


Should be ordered 1-2 months before the wedding.
(Day of paper includes escort cards, place cards, menus, napkins, cups, signage, favor tags, and other party accessories.)


Should be sent within 4 weeks for gifts received before the wedding.
Should be sent within 2-3 months for gifts received at and after the wedding.

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Need more questions answered or like the work in the photos? Give Julia a call at After a While Crocodile, here is a little more about what she does!

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My goal is to create beautifully designed paper products and designs with a focus on wedding invitations and to ensure you find the wedding stationery process as fun as possible!

Whether you choose one of my designs or would like me to create something just for you, I will assist you in building a beautiful paper creation that is uniquely yours! I’ll work with you to create everything from save the dates, to invitations, to day-of items so your stationery has a cohesive and unique look.

Let me create something for you that will be met with the coveted “oohs” and “aahs”.