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Stationery Proofing Checklist
Proofing is a key part of ordering your wedding stationery. Before you send your wedding invitations to print, you'll want to make sure everything is correct to avoid costly reprints or embarrassing omissions. We've created the following checklist to help you make sure your wedding invitations are just right.
- Are all the items you've ordered shown in the proof?
- Did you order one invitation set per household, rather than one per guest?
- Did you order at least 10 extras for last-minute additions or post office returns? Order more if you plan to send out invites to additional guests if people on your A-list decline.
- Did you order plenty of extra envelopes for addressing mistakes (calligraphers typically need 20% extra)?
- Will your printed invitations be ready to mail 8-10 weeks prior to your wedding, 12 weeks ahead for a destination wedding? If not, ask about rush service. Remember to give yourself time to address, stuff, seal and mail them.
- Are the ink, paper and envelope colors correct? (Note that colors online don't always look the same in print, so check against physical samples if time allows.)
- Are any design elements, patterns or motifs missing? (If it's not shown, it's not getting printed.)
- Are all the fonts correct?
- Is the text spaced properly?
- Is the text's alignment correct?
- Are the ceremony date, time and location correct?
- Are all names, professional titles, e-mail and web addresses, physical addresses and telephone numbers correct?
- Double-check that there are no abbreviations and that all dates and addresses are spelled out (i.e. Street versus St.).
- Triple-check spelling and punctuation.
- If your guests are replying by mail, are your name and address correct on the reply envelope? The post office may not deliver it if a name is not included. Remember to include the country if guests will be replying from overseas.
- If you are getting your envelopes addressed, do addresses fall at least 5/8" from the bottom edge of the envelope? The post office may not deliver it if the address is too close to the edge.