Wedding invitations are one of the biggest parts of wedding planning. It is how guests are informed about a wedding and how the bride keeps track of the guest count. A wedding invitation is also the first look guests get of your wedding.
Wedding invitations are different from invitations that are bought for birthdays. They let guests know about the wedding and give an important preview about the style of the event. Invites come in a few basic varieties that say something different about each wedding.
Typical invitations are small and somewhat plain cards with information about the couple and wedding day included. More couples are using photo cards that show off the couple’s engagement photos. There are cards that look like greeting cards and cards that are complex with different shapes and accented styling. Each card works for specific kinds of weddings.
Many couples experience a lot of pressure when choosing invitations. There are many elements to remember and making a mistake is a waste of money and can hurt someone’s feelings. There are a few things that need to be considered before ordering invites.
The more wedding invites weigh, the more they will cost to ship. Make sure the names on the invitation are spelled correctly and decide which names to include on the invite. Parents are typically on the invite, but can be difficult for multiple step parents or other awkward family situations.
A mistake on the address or other pertinent information can require expensive reprints. Do not order an invitation that does not match the style of the wedding or that gives the wrong impression.
The number of invitations you send will depend on the number of guests that are being invited. Make a list of all the people both the bride and groom want to invite. Break the numbers down into single people and couples or families. Each group of people being invited should only be sent one invitation.
If there are 180 total guests being invited, then the couple may only need 100 to 140 invitations. Always order a few extra invitations in case the couple realizes they forgot to add someone to the list. Also order extra envelopes in case mistakes are made when addressing the invites.
Before deciding on which invitations to get, the couple needs to set their wedding budget and figure out how much is allocated for invites. Having a custom designed card will make invitations unique but it will also cost much more. Many invitation ordering websites offer basic stock invitations with the only customization being the names of the couple and the location.
The size of the invitation will depend on the type of envelope that is going to be used. If there are custom envelopes to go along with the invitation, then the size and shape does not matter. But if buying envelopes different from the style or size of the invitation, pay extra attention to make sure the envelope fits.
There are some extra stationery things that are required when ordering invitations. RSVP cards are required if couples are having a sit down dinner. Couples need to know the guest count to figure out how much food to order. It is no longer tradition to pay for postage for guests to send the RSVP card back to the couple.
Send invitations early to give guests plenty of notice about the wedding. They should be sent out at least two months before the wedding and no more than four months before. Make the RSVP date between four and six weeks before the wedding. This helps you know exactly how many guests will show up.