What You Need to Know About Your Invitations
From timelines to etiquette, we have the information you need to put together your all-important wedding invitations.
Photography : Sweet Julep Photography
While invitations may not seem like the most important detail of your big day, they should actually be very high on the priority list due to the timeline with which these correspondences need to follow. Invitations take time to bring together, assemble, and receive responses that will affect many aspects of your wedding day. So you will definitely want to focus on designing and ordering them as soon as you have the details to do so. Much more than a simple communication inviting guests to your ceremony and/or reception, your invitations will give guests a glimpse at what to expect on your special day!
If you and your partner will be sending out Save-the-Dates, you will want to send those to your guests around 6-8 months before the wedding date. Save-the-Dates are a great way to let your guests plan ahead and inform them of your plans so that once you send out the actual invitations, your guests can respond quickly and accurately.
You should ideally order your invitations about 4-5 months before your wedding, especially if you are ordering handmade or custom stationery. You will need plenty of time to assemble all the pieces of your invitations, which can be very tedious and time-consuming. You also want to give yourself time to make sure everything with your suite is correct, and a buffer of time if anything will need to be corrected or reordered. And addressing the envelopes takes quite a lot of time! If you can, order all of your stationery (programs, menus, thank-you-notes, etc.) at the same time so that you can ensure it will all be complementary or uniform. You can also include the Save-the-Dates with this, just remember that those need to go out much sooner.
Speaking of addressing your envelopes, we highly recommend hiring a professional calligrapher for this important task. As we said, it takes a lot of time! Using a calligrapher will keep things beautiful and neat, and save you hours and hours of tedious writing. And having lovely, handwritten envelopes is much more personal and inviting than envelopes that are printed.
Your actual invitation should only include the hosts, your name and your partner's name, the location, and date and time of your ceremony or reception. All other information, such as RSVP and menu choices, directions, and information about other activities during your wedding weekend should all be included on separate cards.
RSVPs need to be returned and accounted for 4 to 6 weeks before your wedding date. This will allow you to give a final guest count to your wedding vendors and complete your seating charts.
Photography: Sweet Julep Photography
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