Although not common, here are the wedding invitation issues I see most often.
My Invitations Were Ruined In The Mail! Your local US Post Office handles thousands of pieces of mail a day, from junk mail to the most expensive, luxurious wedding invitations. All are treated equally! All are, by default, sorted and cancelled by machine. The machines can be aggressive and can smear your expensive calligraphy, leave black marks across your soft beautiful envelopes, and tear and bend your corners. Ask the Post Master to “hand cancel” your wedding invitations. They will use a custom ink stamp to cancel your wedding invitations, and then sort it by hand. Call ahead to make sure your Post Office is willing to hand cancel, and be sure to ask the best time to come in.
My Invitation Was Printed With An Error! Review your proofs carefully before printing or ordering them. When you review your proofs before printing complete the following checklist:
My Wedding Invitations Were Returned Because They Didn’t Have The Correct Postage! Have the post office weigh your invitation BEFORE you purchase stamps. Then, when they are ready to mail, have the post office weigh them AGAIN, just to be sure. Use a “forever” stamp for the RSVP card envelope, as postage could go up between the day you sent them and the day your guests return the envelope.
The Venue Changed The Time Of My Wedding And The Invitations Are Already Printed! There is such a thing as printing your invitations too early. I have had couples insist on printing invitations eight months in advance to “get it out of the way,” and then hear from the Church or venue that they have to move their wedding ceremony back an hour because the church or venue booked another event that morning. Its not a good idea more than six months or so in advance, and do not print until the Church or venue has assured you the time will not change for any reason.
I Didn’t Print Enough Invitations And Now I’ve Run Out! It is VERY expensive and takes time to reprint wedding invitations. And without exception every couple ends up needing a few extra after the first round of wedding invitations goes out (i.e. someone didn’t get their invitation and needs another one sent, a guest was inadvertently left off the original list, a guest you didn’t invite asks to come (that actually happens), you meet someone you absolutely have to invite to the wedding, etc…). Most wedding websites will tell you have at least five extra, I always recommend 15 to 20 extra to cover the unexpected.