Plan ahead, order early. _ It's good to start early when choosing wedding invitations. You and your partner will need time to research and discuss the various choices available for your invitations. If you look early enough, you may even have time to request samples from various companies. Ordering your wedding invitations at least 6 months in advance will give you a cushion of time to allow for printing of the invitations and correction of any errors that may occur in printing. You also need to account for the time it takes to assemble your invitations and mailing them out to give sufficient time for a response. Plan on ordering 20 to 25 extra invitations in case they are needed because of mistakes in addressing the invitations or if you find you need to add additional guests to the list.
Another thing you can choose to do, if you do not have too much money allocated for this particular thing, is to peek online and get inspired and make your own wedding invitations. There are many sites and forums where people log in and talk about the things they have done or are still doing for their budget wedding and you can get some good ideas about how to have some very beautiful wedding invitations without spending too much money.