Wedding invitations - where do you even start? In general, we don't send paper invitations or even mail to people much anymore. So now that you are faced with sending paper invitations to a huge list of guests for your wedding, it can be overwhelming. We've pulled together a few tips to hopefully take some of the stress off of you!
Save the Dates are Great
These allow guests to start planning in advance to be at your wedding. Save the Dates go out three to four months before your wedding. Include the names of the couple and wedding date. If you have a website for more information, feel free to add that on! This is just to put a placeholder on their calendar, so you don't need all the details listed.
Invitations should go out six to eight weeks before the wedding. This gives guests plenty of time to plan for travel, accommodations, etc. Ask for RSVPs about a month before the wedding so you can give final counts to the venue, caterer, cake, etc. And be prepared that not everyone will RSVP, so you will have to follow up.
Photo Shannon Ford Photography, Invitation Typo Boutique
Who is Invited
The names on the invitation let guests know exactly who is invited. Mr. & Mrs. Smith is just the adults, not the three children. Mr. & Mrs. Smith and Family includes everyone. Miss Jane Doe is just Jane - no date. Miss Jane Doe and Guest means she can bring a plus one.
Photo Mejia-Jones Photography, Invitations Ms Peach Plus Designs
Dress code details can be included in the lower right-hand corner of the invitation or on the RSVP card. Stick to standard types such as "Black Tie", "Cocktail Attire" or "Casual Attire". Your guests will always appreciate knowing the dress code!
Spell It Out
Make sure you spell out everything on the address - Road, Street, etc. Abbreviations are fine for Mr. and Mrs. but they shouldn't be used in the address.
Photo Camille Wilson Photography
That's the quick and easy version of wedding invitation etiquette! If you work with a custom designer, they can help you with wording. Larger companies like Minted make it easy also with standard wording you can customize with your details.
One additional tip, consider a calligrapher or other professional to address all the invitations - your hands will thank you!
3/2/2022 03:57:08 am
It helped when you said that wedding invitations should be sent eight weeks before the wedding. This is informative because my older brother is planning to get married to his long-time partner in May. I think I should advise him to look for a wedding venue that offers breathtaking rooftop views and spacious accommodations.
5/5/2022 09:16:09 pm
I found it interesting when you said that you could provide the dress code in your invitation letter to ensure. Yesterday, my brother who will be married told me that he and his fiance are hoping to find a wedding venue that could provide a perfect banquet facility for their wedding, and he asked if I had any idea what would be the best option. Thanks for this helpful article, consulting a trusted wedding venue is one of the best ways to figure out the best option.
6/21/2022 09:00:43 pm
I like your wedding tips. I need to get a venue for my sister. She is getting married in March.
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It's interesting to know that we also need to have the actual head count a month before the special day to inform the venue, caterer, and more about it. I will keep that in mind now that my partner and I just got engaged last weekend. We should probably start to look for banquet venue rentals first to ensure that we already have a place to hold the wedding and see if they can also provide other packages such as food and decoration.
1/30/2023 05:36:13 pm
It really helped when you described what must be included in your wedding invitations to make sure your guests understand your instructions. My fiance and I are getting married next spring, so we're eager to choose and order our wedding invitations next week, and we think your tips will help us out. Thank you for the advice on adding our wedding dress code details to our invitations.
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