Wedding invitations though small in size are a huge part of the wedding planning process. You’ll need to send them out so that all of your family and friends know when and where to arrive for your wedding! Whether you order them through a website like Minted/Basic Invite or hire a stationery pro, you’ll enjoy these tips to make sure your invites are perfect!
1. Full names
2. Indicate the event is a wedding
3. Date of wedding
4. Time of the ceremony or when your guests are first expected
5. Include text about the reception to follow and the location if different from your ceremony location
6. Venue & City – include the address of your venue if it’s not in a well-visited area.
7. Optional – The dress code for your wedding. However, this can also be placed on a wedding website
This might seem obvious, but it is SO important! When we were designing invitations for our own wedding we each read over them but we still made a spelling mistake. We chalked it up to all of our excitement, but we still had to have our wedding invitations reprinted.
So remember to double-check the writing, and then maybe even ask your maid of honor, or another trusted bridesmaid, friend, or family member to proofread your wedding invitations too!
This will help so much when you’re trying to plan the seating chart or get the official numbers for your caterers. Your guests will also love you because you made it easy for them! And who doesn’t like easy? Provide instructions that tell them how to RSVP online, or include a pre-addressed envelope and postage for them to return their RSVP to you.
For local weddings or weddings that don’t require a lot of travel for your guests, mail out your invitations six to eight weeks prior to your day. Destination weddings will need more time so send them closer to eight to ten weeks in advance.
This may seem counterproductive or even obvious, but we recommend ordering a few extra wedding invitations. We never know what the future holds. Something might happen to a few, like a coffee spill while addressing envelopes, or you might want to send a few more invitations out to a couple more guests. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and ordering extra invitations is a simple and quick way to ensure you’re ready for anything!
If you have the budget to hire a professional stationery designer or calligrapher, we would encourage you to do it. Your invitations will look so beautiful, more consistent, and legible. Plus, they will look incredible for your photos!
Many photographers love to photograph your details and this absolutely includes your stationery. Photos of your details will also provide an editorial element to your gallery/album which will look beautiful when viewing the full story of your day.
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