Pricing and Helpful Tips
How much postage to use
Have your invitation or save the date weighed at the post office before purchasing your stamps. Many of our invitations and square save the dates will require additional postage. For example, most of our letterpress wedding invitations will require $.71 postage because they weigh over one ounce. If it is an invitation set we have mailed before, we may be able to tell you the weight. The USPS website often has a better selection of stamps to order than your local post office.
When to send save the dates
Save the dates are typically sent out six to nine months in advance of your wedding date. Unless you are having an international wedding destination, guests typically do not make travel plans (ask for time off, book flights, or reserve accommodations) any earlier than that and you run the risk of guests losing the save the date or forgetting about it all together.
What to include on your save the date
Outside of the obvious (your names, date, and wedding location), many of our brides include their wedding website and accommodation information (generally for older guests who will not visit your wedding website). If you have other wedding related events (Welcome Party, Brunch, etc), it may be helpful to include the wording "Wedding Weekend" and the date range of your wedding events. Do not include your rehearsal dinner or other events with wedding weekend events unless ALL guests are invited. If your wedding destination is a popular tourist destination or falls on a holiday or local event or festival (such as the bridge run or Spoleto festival in Charleston, SC) it is helpful to guests to mention this event and encourage them to book their accommodations early. If you're unsure of the exacting wording to use for your save the date, we are happy to help during the design process!
When to send wedding invitations
Wedding invitations should be sent out to arrive six to eight weeks in advance of your wedding date. We understand the excitement of wanting to get your beautiful wedding invitations to your guests earlier than that but we strongly advise not sending your invitations any earlier than that, especially if you've already sent your guests a save the date. If you did not send a save the date, an earlier send out is usually necessary and recommended. As almost all weddings are considered a "destination" now for the majority of guests, we do still recommend this timeline for (non international) destination weddings but sending up to ten weeks in advance of the wedding is also acceptable if it makes you more comfortable! If you send out too early, you give your guests too much time to RSVP or set your RSVP too far in advance of the wedding for guests to be sure they're going. Both scenarios significantly reduce your RSVP return and getting RSVPs back from your guests on a normal timeframe is already pain enough. We will work with you to get your invitations to you for whatever schedule you choose but please let us know if you are planning to send out earlier than the recommended timeframe and make sure you place your order in plenty of time to accommodate your desired timeframe. In order to avoid any rush charges, starting the invitation process with us no later than 2 months out from when you would like your invitations in your hands is ideal.
Where to include registry information
It is considered poor etiquette to include your wedding registry information on a save the date or wedding invitation because you're inviting guests to share in your special day rather than inviting them to give you gifts or money. It is perfectly acceptable (and helpful!) to include this information on your wedding website, however. It is also perfectly acceptable to include your registry information on any shower invitations because the point of those events is to give you gifts! We will happily use whatever wording you desire on your designs but we do like to be straightforward with our clients regarding details that will be considered in bad taste by most guests. We want your save the date or invitation to be memorable for all the right reasons!
Inner and outer envelopes verse just outer
We get this question often from many of our brides and it is really a personal preference! Using inner and outer envelopes is the most traditional option and does convey more formality. When using inner and outer envelopes, the outer envelope is addressed formally and the inner envelope specifically reiterates who is invited. This type of addressing is helpful if you want to be very specific that your invitee is receiving a guest or not or whether an invitee's children are included. When using inner and outer envelopes, the wording "and guest" or the names of the children appear on the inner envelope only (or clearly do not appear if they are not invited). Formal addressing information is available on many websites but ask us if you have specific questions! The original function of inner and outer envelopes was that the outer envelopes got very dirty during the horse and buggy mail delivery days so only the inner envelope was delivered to the head of the household. Sadly for everyone, the Pony Express is no longer running so using an outer envelope only is completely acceptable! Using outer envelopes only does save a little money and makes addressing faster.
How to word your wedding invitation
Wedding invitation wording can very tricky especially when there are divorced or deceased parents or parties other than the bride's parents hosting (read: paying for) the wedding ceremony and reception. If you know you are going to have an unusual situation, it is always helpful to speak to the involved parties to see if anyone has strong opinions about the wording. Sometimes the best option is not always the "correct" option, especially if it means keeping the family peace! If you are unsure where to start, we've provided sample wording below based on the most traditional formal invitation wording. We can walk you through your invitation wording if you have a tricky situation or are just looking for less formal, creative, or fun wording options!
Mr. and Mrs. David Michael Smith (This is the host line which indicates who is actually paying/hosting the ceremony and reception so to be gracious, this line should only include the contributing parties.)
request the honour of your presence (Traditionally reserved for ceremonies in a house of worship - "request the pleasure of your company" can be used for a wedding not in a church.)
at the marriage of their daughter
Elizabeth Marie (Traditionally the bride's last name is left off if it is the same as her parents and they are already listed at the top of the invitation. This is only a tradition for the bride's name, not the groom's name.)
Brandon Jeffrey Lewis
Saturday, the twenty-third of May
two thousand fifteen (note that the word "and" is not included)
at half after six in the evening ("in the evening" or "in the afternoon" are not required but really, how often in your life do you get to use that wording?!)
First Baptist Church
61 Church Street (not traditionally required but we encourage including the address if not include elsewhere in the invitation suite)
Charleston, South Carolina
Reception to follow / Reception immediately following
The William Aiken House (the reception location and address are not required but we do suggest including them if the reception is in a different location than ceremony and the information is not included elsewhere in the invitation suite on a details or reception card)
Samples of our past work (not customized with your information) may be available on a case by case basis with priority given to current clients, please contact us. We do not take specific design requests in order to protect our designs and samples are not available for every design shown on our website but can send a similar design in the same print method. Letterpress samples will be charged a nominal fee that will apply to your order if you use choose to work with Scotti Cline Designs. Please note that samples do come stamped with our logo and marked as "Sample".