You have decided on your wedding ceremony and your wedding reception, everything is booked. Now is the time to think about your wedding invitations. Do you have a theme for your wedding? Or are you just going with a color scheme? Either way, this will help you decide on the style of wedding invitation.
You should have a list of guests, family and friends, that you wish to invite. You also need to decide if it will be an adults only wedding or if you will be including all the family, adults and children. You can save money with the cost of the invitations if you are including the whole family as smaller children can be included on the invitation sent to the parents, adult children sometimes like their own invitation.
The tone of the invitation will follow the tone of the wedding. A more formal wedding will have a more formal wedding invitations, a more relaxed, casual style wedding will have a more relaxed style of invitation.
Whatever way you decide to go, you will need the wording for the invitations. Basically it is the four "Ws", Who, What, Where and When.
Who-- is doing the inviting, this will be the name of the host(s)
What-- is announcing the celebration of the marriage of...
Where-- Is the place where the ceremony and reception will take place
When--is the date and time the happy event will occur.
Then comes the RSVP date. You allow yourself a little time to follow up in case people don't respond.
There may be those you are only inviting to the wedding ceremony, then there will be the guests you wish to celebrate with you at both the ceremony and the wedding reception and then the guests who will be only invited to the wedding reception. So your invitations could be for three different events. You will need three different lists. Browse other wedding invitations, you will find wedding etiquette books or online sites that will help you. Start a file of the ones you like the best, then make your decision.
Six weeks before the wedding date is a good time to send the invitations out. This is considered enough time for your friends and family to organize to have the date free. Always check with the wedding caterers and/or reception venue as to when they require the definite guest numbers and remember to include the bridal party and immediate families.
We recommend ordering your invitations 2-3 weeks before you require them. When ordering invitations order extra in case you make some mistakes when writing them out or for any last minute changes. Getting extras printed later on is often costly.
Invitations are often printed with the guests name. If you are writing the names or having a caligrapher do so, remember to advise us to allow a line or space for the guests names. For a small additional cost we can overprint the guests names for you.
All of our designs come with matching accessories including RSVP cards, Save the Date cards, thank you cards and place cards.
Remember, inviting someone to your most special day, your wedding day, will make them feel special.