Wedding Planning Etiquette Answers!

Tis the season for eggnog and gift wrapping, but the Holidays are also one of the most common times for engagements and wedding planning! We are very aware that planning a wedding is no small or simple task. We hope that our answers to these important etiquette questions can help start your planning off right!


When should I book my wedding photographer?

Booking a photographer 8-12 months in advance is the best time frame to shoot for. Many photographers have events scheduled over a year ahead of time, and they book up really fast! To avoid stress as your special day approaches, it is a great idea to start looking into photographers as soon as you’re engaged. Sugar Ink is more than willing to pick up a last minute event if photographers are available, but there is no guarantee there will be an opening on short notice.


Investing in a professional photographer

After researching choices for a photographer, you might think that the professionals are pretty expensive, and this may tempt you to let your cousin with a nice camera shoot the wedding for a low price, however, this important day will fly by leaving only photos behind, and going with an amateur photographer can be a huge mistake for many reasons.

First of all, a cheaper deal usually means more work for you. Many of the lower priced packages you find do not include much editing or attention to detail in general. Also, a friend with a camera will probably not take your wedding as seriously as a professional would (which will be obvious from their photos.) If you are not a trained wedding photographer with a lot of experience, there’s a good chance that you will miss a lot of important moments on this busy day. Anyone can spend a few hundred dollars on a decent camera, but a professional wedding photographer has invested thousands of dollars and countless hours into their career. Sugar Ink Design has amazing photographers, graphic designers, and an endless amount of creativity!


When should I do my engagement photos?

You’ll want to take your engagement photos shortly after your engagement. Aim to shoot within a few months, allowing for your photographer to edit and get them to you in time to order your Save the Date cards. The best time for engagement photo sessions would be during summer and autumn. If you want to use these photos for your save the dates, keep in mind that winter or early spring shoots would be best located in a downtown area for a more industrial feel; an autumn or summer location would provide a more scenic and natural vibe.

Sugar Ink Design offers both quality photography and unique graphic design services; voted Best Invitations in Denver by Denver’s A-List, winner of Wedding Wire’s Bridal Choice Awards, and Winner of Wedding Wire’s Couples Choice Awards! We would love to take care of your save the dates, invitations, and wedding photography!


When should I send out my Save the Date?

Once you have established a venue and set a wedding day, it’s time to send out a Save the Date card to all your guests! This should ideally be done 10-12 months before the wedding, especially if this an out of town or weekday wedding. This is another aspect that is worth the professional price, as opposed to using a photo kiosk or your friend that has Photoshop.

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When should I send out my wedding invitations?

When sending out your invites, shoot for having them in the mail 12 weeks before the ceremony. This gives enough time for your guests to arrange their schedules, and for you to finalize your guest list. Give your guests an RSVP deadline of 6-8 weeks before the wedding.

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When do I need to send out my Thank You cards?

Thank You cards should be sent out no later than 2 months after the ceremony. A great idea to personalize your cards is to take a photo on your wedding day holding some sort of sign that says ‘Thank You’ ; the Sugar Ink team can incorporate this photo with other graphic design elements to create the perfect Thank You card!


We know how many hours of planning your wedding day requires, and we are great at capturing each little detail that you put so much thought into! This special day passes faster than you can imagine, but we’d love to provide you with stunning photos that will last a lifetime.


At Sugar Ink Design we create custom designs for your wedding invitations, tailored to fit your personal style and vision. We are happy to recreate any designs you may have seen online, in magazines or in our portfolio and we’ll customize it to fit your personality, style and event.
Sugar Ink offers what they call a Wedding Set. Each set includes a formal Invitation, a Reply Postcard, a Wild Card (can be used for directions/accommodations, thank you card, etc.) and a plain envelope.
We offer individual addressing and return address printing, using the same fonts, colors and design as the rest of your set. As “custom” designers, we keep working on your designs until they are exactly how you want them.
Our Wedding Sets are professionally printed on high quality 100 lb. Cover Paper. To inquire about pricing, send us an e-mail at to request an estimate. We base our pricing on quantity. Please include your desired quantity in your estimate request. Quantity should be based on Household, not per guest.

Call or e-mail us for a free estimate and schedule an appointment to discuss your design concept and timeline.

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