Planning your wedding includes giving your guests a sneak peak to the style of your wedding. And this starts from the very beginning with your Save the Dates! I love online sources that provide customized suites of print pieces like the Indie Design House Minted.com. Choose a design that complements your style and then customize each piece from your Save the Dates, Invitations, Wedding Programs, Placecards, Menus and more. Having a design that carries through gives your wedding a branded, polished look and sets the tone for what’s to come right from the start!
Here are a some tips for choosing your print pieces wisely for your upcoming Destination Wedding:
- Be sure BEFORE you purchase your Save-the-Dates, you set up a wedding website for your guests to refer to. There are TONS of free options all over the web. I find most of my brides use The Knot or WeddingWire to get started, but you’ll find others too. You get to choose your theme, can customize the colors to match your wedding design and more. The main thing is to have a site and have the url or log in instructions that you can print on your Save-the-Date. You don’t have to have all the info yet – this is a place for you to update information on Hotel discounts, Airfare recommendations, planned excursions and more as you go along. I can’t stress enough how important a wedding website is for a destination wedding! Send your Save-the-Dates as soon as you’ve firmed up your date, destination and venue. You only need the basics at this point so that you can get your guests excited and give them plenty of time to plan. For destination weddings, the earlier the better to get these babies out.
- Planning your invitations – discuss the ceremony start with your photographer and wedding planner FIRST, especially if you are planning an outdoor ceremony. They can help to ensure you have the most optimal lighting both during and AFTER your ceremony for all of those gorgeous images of you and your beloved.
- Consider including a printed itinerary for your guests with the invitations. This allows guests and your wedding party to know when important planned activities are happening and also gives them the opportunity to plan some activities on their own.
- Have your place cards (escort cards) do double duty! I ALWAYS recommend assigned seating at weddings. ALWAYS. It avoids awkward moments for singles or guests who may not know many others. It shows you took the time to think of them and make them feel comfortable. You can use one place card to designate the guest’s menu choice (use a fun symbol or write it on the back) and attach it to a favor as a gift card, then have it placed right at their seat.
Minted.com has some really fun Indie designs and wedding suites ready for you to customize – I just love their stuff! ify the winners and send the unique discount code via private message. Show us your creativity and inspire fellow brides!