The options are almost endless when it comes to your wedding stationery, but the first step in this exciting process is choosing your save-the-dates. With so many paper options, color combos and text treatments, finding the perfect big-day announcement can be overwhelming. To help make this process as easy as possible, we reached out to the experts on everything pretty and paper: New York City stationery team, Regas Studio.
1. It' never too early to start shopping for save-the-dates.
You can reach out to a stationer as soon as you've finalized your venue and date. If you're working with a custom stationer, the design alone will take about a month to create. You also have to factor in time for revisions and production, which can vary depending on the complexity of the project.
2. You don't have to know everything.
Haven't settled on your wedding's color palette or theme? That's not a big deal! This doesn't have to affect your save-the-dates. Chances are, your wedding will incorporate some aspects of who you are as a couple so look to memories, landmarks, or special stories as a starting point.
3. Think outside the box.
Save-the-dates are a great opportunity to include something fun and informal that represents you as a couple. Think: an illustrated map of places you've been together or a timeline of your love story. For example, one couple met in their apartment elevator, so their save-the-dates incorporated a copy of a note that the groom left in the bride's mailbox asking her on their first date.
4. Budget upfront.
Ask your stationer for a proposal that includes the save-the-date and invitation suite so you can allocate your paper budget accordingly. There are a lot of factors that go into the cost of stationery such as paper type, printing methods and decorative accents. Your stationer should guide you every step of the way in understanding these options in order to ensure that you get beautiful stationery at a price you feel comfortable with.