When Should I Order My Wedding Invitations?

I thought I would ask the question, when should you order invitations.  Ordering invitations is not the same timeline as mailing your invitations.  Mailing invitations:  you should send them at least 4-6 weeks prior to the wedding.  You want to give guests plenty of time to plan on being there.  If you need an RSVP, be sure to mail invitations at least 8 weeks prior to the event because you likely need those responses back 4 weeks before the wedding.  Which brings me back to when you should order.  I wanted to address the question because I’ve been getting a lot of rush orders lately.  Thankfully I do offer the option, however it simply costs more money, which isn’t something that most brides should have to worry about, weddings are expensive enough as it is, so having to pay rush fees isn’t ideal.  Most of our invitations print, ship and arrive in about a week but there are a few things that can extend the process, such as custom design.  So it’s probably best to plan for at least 2-3 weeks of turn around time just to be safe.  So if your wedding is in a month, you probably should have ordered invitations several weeks ago.  Just plan ahead.  As soon as you plan that wedding date, order invitations, it’s probably the first thing to do.  However this means you likely have to book a venue, schedule a church, make sure your photographer is available etc.  It’s a lot to figure out, so you better get on it as soon as possible.  I feel so bad for brides that wait too long and send wedding guests invitations with 2-3 weeks prior and then they have no idea how many guests to plan for, how much food to have etc.  Planning ahead equals happy day and happy bride & groom.

A few things to know when ordering with Jeneze Designs.  The fastest standard option you can order is our bronze design package.  This means you want to order something you’ve seen in our gallery.  The design time for these orders does not take long, normally 1-2 days and then orders can be placed for print fairly quick as well.  If you order from our silver or gold design package, these designs may take an extra day or two simply because we need to put a lot more creative time and effort into your order.  Once the design process is finished we can order the prints, but plan on this taking a just a few more days.   Orders that include pocket cards, custom printed details such as envelope liners and belly bands, as well as rounded corners or spot gloss can all take a few extra days as well.  Timeline simply depends on what you order but we always provide that information upon ordering so you can determine if a rush is needed or not.

Every once in a while small mistakes are made, this does not happen often, maybe just 3-4 times a year, but sometimes it does.  These things can be anything from ink smudges from print jobs,  small edits that were missed in the text or maybe UPS simply damaged the package during delivery.  It’s so awful when these things happen because sometimes a re-do is needed and sometimes there simply is not enough time to get the re-prints or the extra envelopes etc.  At Jeneze Designs we work super hard to make sure problems don’t occur, like I said, doesn’t happen often but be prepared for the possibility.

RUSH options.  We do offer rush options because we know that it’s simply just needed.  Sometimes customers are waiting to hear back from that venue, the photographer or family member and it makes planning ahead a little difficult.  But not worry, we can rush your order, depending on what is needed, some rush options can arrive in just 2 days.  Of course additional fees apply, but we can for sure make it happen if needed.  Just be sure to ask, we are always happy to answer any questions and are willing to accommodate any need with tight timelines.

We hope this information was helpful.  All information provided only applies to Jeneze Designs invitations.  Turn around times for other invitation companies may vary, be sure to check those timelines so you can be sure to get what you want within your budget.  Have questions?  We are happy to help, simply email me at jenny@jeneze.com.

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