I consider mailing my items, but I donâ€™t have the heart. There are too many horror stories of shipments getting lost, or stuck in custom and never making it to resort. I would flip. And since the cost is comparable for checked luggage, I feel much better about bringing this stuff with me on the plane.
Honestly, I'm a bit OCD and made a paper lantern diagram in Powerpoint scaled to reflect the size I will use (8" 12" 16") and confirmed the sq ft of the terrace where my reception will be. Crazy, I know, but I couldn't find a rule of thumb to go by, and I have seen many picks where the lanterns look sparse and too far apart (and I hate that). There were also a few past brides at my resort who used paper lanterns and I was able to confirm their quantities and sizes and used that info as a gauge. I can send this to you later since itâ€™s on another flash drive which I donâ€™t have on me at the moment.
Ditto on the RSVP date, but I know that my max and min guest list count only varies by 8 people which isnâ€™t a big deal for me when it comes to purchasing some of these d©cor items â€“ qty of paper lanterns are the same weather 20 people come or 28, If I end up with extra vases/table d©cor then I can condense my centerpiece setup or add more d©cor to the cake table or eleswhere. I already purchased my chair sashes in both my colors in quantities of 50 for $.15 and $.40 per sash from two previous brides on ebay. This is way more than I need but such a good deal that I couldnâ€™t pass it up. I will also use them as table runners, I just have to strtegically use my centerpieces to hide the seams.
I think you can safely wait until February for a confirmed guest count, but if you find great deals in the meantime, I wouldnâ€™t pass them up.