The Top Wedding Invitation Tips You Need to Know
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Stationery seems pretty straightforward, right? But between save-the-dates and escort cards, paper choices and printing styles, it can get complicated. Here are our top tips and advice.
What you’ll need to consider:
Before the wedding:
- Save the dates
- Wedding invitation
- Rsvp card
- A card with general information (directions or travel information)
After the wedding:
- Thank you cards
TOP WEDDING INVITATION TIPS
People are appalling at RSVPing. Add some calendar invites to your iphone with alerts to remind yourself when to send the firstly gentle reminder and when to start calling people. Expect one or two guests to drop out last minute and one or two to say they can still come after saying no. You need to be prepared that people will drop out last minute and that’s a fact of life it happens at most weddings.
Provide RSVP options – offer online, email and cards to return if possible.
Be specific about who’s invited. This will help you avoid some awkward conversations later! For example, Ben and Jess +family, Elise + partner.
Define your Wedding Style. You should have an idea of the type of event (traditional, rustic or modern?) before you start shopping, choose and invitation style that hits the same not.
Our Top Tip: Add a fun question to your RSVP to get your guests involved such as, ‘What song will get you on the dance floor?’
Don’t crowd the card. List only the key points on your invitation: ceremony time and location, the hosts, your and your fiancé’s names, the dress code (optional) and RSVP information. Trying to squeeze too much onto the invitation card can make it harder to read and it won’t look as elegant.
Start early. Save the dates should go out 8-10 month early. Aim to order your invitations about four to five months out so they’re ready to mail 8 to 10 weeks before the wedding.
Addressing Guests. Though etiquette for addressing and assembling wedding invitations has relaxed, there are still some requirements. For example, your guests’ names should be written in full on outer envelopes; avoid nicknames or initials
Put a stamp on it. It may seem obvious, but it’s easy to forget: If you want guests to mail back their reply cards, include stamped (and addressed) envelopes. That way they don’t have to pay for the postage.
Hack: Create a numbered guest list. Mark the back of your RSVP cards with each corresponding number, incase anyone forgets to record their name before sending it back to you.