Fall Weddings >> Tips for Ordering Your Save the Dates & Invitations
Autumn weddings are just around the corner and it is none to early to begin planning. Here are a few things to consider:
Choosing Your Wedding Date
The very first detail you must consider is the date and time of your wedding however do not order your invitations or save the dates before you confirm your venue. It is not uncommon to have to adjust your dates around venue availability or alternatively, adjust your choice of venue around the dates.
Fall Weddings & Choosing Your Wedding Colors
The color themes you naturally think of for fall (deep reds, oranges, and browns) work great, but if you want to open it up a little, consider olives, purples, dark yellows, and cream.
A few interesting fall color combinations include >> Eggplant – Dark Olive – Light Olive | Chocolate – Dark Red – Orange | Chocolate – Light Brown – Cream | Eggplant – Chocolate – Light Brown
Fall Weddings & Save the Dates
While traditional etiquette calls for sending save the date cards (or magnets) out six months before the big day, there is no reason why you are bound by the 6 month rule. If you know your guests will appreciate earlier notice, go for it. Your out-of-town guests who need to plan around school and possibly babysitters, will especially appreciate any advance notice you can give them. And if you have not quite gotten everything together 6 months in advance, do not worry about it. Please, please do not get stressed if you can only give your guests 2-3 months notice. Those who can attend will and those who cannot will send their regrets.
if you prefer to stick with tradition and mail your save the dates, we recommend both Minted and Zazzle .
Or if you prefer to save time, money and trees by emailing them, Minted also offers FREE online invitations and save the dates. We are also loving Greenvelope. Greenvelope offers a large selection of well designed, eco-friendly wedding save the dates. Additionally, we really like their animation. It is clean and professional and not spammy! And yes, it is worth spending a little money even on the email save the dates so they your guests are not bombarded with ads.
Choosing Your Wedding Invitations
All of these merchants also offer hundreds of invitation designs, with many specifically for fall weddings.
You can choose a design that matches your colors, a design with or without pictures, and customize them to your tastes. Whatever design you choose, they are sure to impress.
Send your Invitations approximately six to eight weeks before the wedding.
Bridal Shower Invitations
One last thought >> mail your bridal shower invitations about 4 weeks before the shower unless of course, there are lots of guests making the trip from out of town. If so additional notice is always appreciated. Recently we received a bridal shower invitation in November for a mid-July shower. And then received a reminder again in April. We were not impressed – this seems a bit excessive. The shower is not the wedding and should never be treated as equal.