You made your changes and checked them twice — but somehow, an error slipped through the cracks and you sent your invitations off to the printer. And you don't realize the mistake until you excitedly rip open your stationery package to find your wedding date is a whole year off. Eek!
To prevent this nightmarish situation, "we strongly encourage our clients to have someone who has not yet seen a single version of the invitation proofread their invitation proof," says calligrapher Laura Hooper. "It is important that someone — or a few people! — see it with a fresh set of eyes, because once you've been looking at it over and over again, you start to see and read what should be there, instead of maybe what is actually there!"
But once the damage is done, it's important not to panic. "The good news is that there is still time to fix the issue before the invites head out to your guests," points out Emily Hostetler, co-owner of Paper Moss. "If everything has already been printed, designers can typically make the change quickly and expedite the reprint so that little time is lost."
Unfortunately, that fix can come at a significant cost. "Most stationers do have a clause in their contract or policies that states that to correct any error after final proof is approved would be incurred at the client's expense, regardless of who is at fault," explains Hooper. "This is pretty much an industry-wide standard."
If you don't have time or the money to approve a reprint, evaluate the error before taking any drastic measures with a pen. "If it's a missing comma or an extra space, don't fret. If it's a misspelled name or word, the good news is most people won't notice and your guests will still have the info they need to make it to your wedding," reasons Hostetler. "However, if it's an error with the date, time or address, we suggest including a little card that clarifies the error or sending out a postcard if everything has already been mailed."
Whatever you do, don't scratch out the error. "Any attempts to "correct" the error will only draw attention to it, and most people might not notice anyway," Hooper points out. "If you scratch it out then everyone will notice."