This is one place you don't want to have a typo!

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Proofreading your wedding invitations may sound like an obvious task you're responsible for, but you'd be surprised how easy it is to skim over the wording when your primary focus is on the design process. Ultimately, this beautifully printed invitation you've worked hard to get just right is a form of communication that needs to meet all the basic standards of a printed document. Not only do you want to check for typos and misspellings, but you also want to make sure that the wording you've used makes sense to someone who's unfamiliar with your wedding plans, and that the dates and locations are all listed correctly. Here, stationer Britt Rohr of Swell Press explains how proofing works when you're designing custom wedding invitations.

You provide the text.

If you're having custom invitations made, you'll likely provide the text for your designer to work with. They may help with samples from past weddings if you're having trouble getting the wording right on the invitation and inserts. Rohr says, "If we notice a typo or wording that seems grammatically inconsistent, we'll make the change and point it out to the client."

Once designs are finalized, you're responsible for the final scan for errors.

Rohr says, "Prior to any design being printed, we provide a detailed proofing form, which the client must sign off on. Part of that form specifically calls out proofreading for spelling, checking dates, and other information. We also highly encourage printing a hard copy of the invitation to proofread. Seeing something in print often calls out little details like spacing and typos that are not as noticeable on a computer screen."

As an extra step, ask to approve the final proof.

Rohr says, "We have a proofing form that clients must read through and approve before the invitation suite goes into production. That way, they can check for any errors before the suite is printed, rather than as they are assembling." If your stationer doesn't provide this option, ask to see the final proof one more time before it goes to print. Your pro should have no issue emailing this over.

Always have an extra set of eyes.

Rohr says, "When you've been looking at the text of a project throughout the design process, it's easy to slip over small errors. So, our proofing form recommends that our clients ask two additional people to review before approval."


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