Invitation etiquette is one of my most asked questions from clients. Should I send out save the dates? When should I mail the save the dates? Where do I include my registry information? Should I have paper or online invitations? These are just a few questions I receive on a regular basis. I decided to bring in Kim Washington, owner of paperKuts Studio to answer some of your burning questions. Kim is giving some great tips to tackle your wedding stationery. To get the deets, continue reading.
LHE: Tell us a little about yourself.
Kim: Born and bred in East Nashville, I’m pretty basic, to be honest! I love my family and friends, great food, adult beverages and I watch waayyy too much television. My adoration for paper began with my desire to become an Event Planner. Because of traveling so much for work, I could not be an effective planner. The one aspect of the process I loved the most was everything involved in the invitation/stationery realm. Thus, began my passion and paperKuts studio was put into motion. I try to assist with everything from wax seals to signage. My goal is to provide my customers with a relaxing, informative and fun experience!
LHE: Should couples send out save the dates? If so, how far in advance of their wedding date should they mail them?
Kim: Ahhhh, save the dates are always one of the most asked questions. Should couples send out save the dates? It is totally up to the couple depending upon their budget and where they are in the planning process. Save the dates should be mailed six to seven months before the wedding. If it is a destination event, 8-12 months prior. A local nuptial can be sent 4-5 months before the big day.
LHE: I’ve had a few couples to ask if they should list their bridal registry on their invitation. What advice can you give couples regarding their registry in regards to their invitations?
Kim: Etiquette states that you should NOT include your registry on the invitation. I’ve had couples want to include it on their invite in the form of the wedding website. I suggest placing that and other pertinent information on an insert card.
LHE: Many couples are opting to have a wedding website and choose to send virtual invitations. I love the personal touch of a printed invitation. I would love to hear your thoughts on why a printed invitation is important.
Kim: Oh, boy! This is such a touchy subject! “They are just gonna throw it away.” If I had a nickel…anywhoo…I personally do not side with virtual invitations. Not just because of paperKuts studio, but if I am having an event that requires my guests to spend money via a gift, travel, sitter, etc., I can send an invite. With the myriad of affordable and beautiful selections at your local craft store, well, need I say more?!?!?!
LHE: What is your one important advice to give couples before they choose their invitation?
Kim: My best advice is to know your budget, first and foremost. Also, invitations are just like anything else. You most often get what you pay for. Pretty costs.
LHE: Kim, we appreciate you giving us some great tips. The last question is how many weeks before the wedding should invitations be mailed?
Kim: Invitations should be mailed 8-12 weeks before the wedding. Allow yourself time for returned mail, additional guests to invite and the return of RSVP cards.
Kim, as always it’s a pleasure to chat with you! I can vouch for Kim that she makes her consultations fun, relaxing and informative. She not only has stationery for weddings but for all types of celebrations.
NOTE: all photos in this post were provided by Kim of paperKuts Studio