So, you’re in the midst of the craziness of wedding planning and it’s time to start working on those invitations. But wait, navigating wedding invitation etiquette doesn’t have to add to the stress. We’re here to guide you through the ins and outs of your wedding invites!
Timing is absolutely everything when it comes to wedding invitations! Now the average time that you should plan on sending your wedding invitations is about 6-8 weeks before the big day! But you also have to use your discretion on things like this! IF you have out of state or out of country guests then you should plan to send the invitations out about 3 month prior to make sure your guests have enough time to make arrangements accordingly.
Your invitations are a blank canvas that will set the tone for your big day. Make sure to include your date, time, venue, dress code, and the RSVP deets. Make sure that you have made your final decision on all those details because once you’ve already created the invitations and sent them out, it will be very difficult to make any changes. So, make sure you have the ceremony time nailed down because changing it would cause a lot of chaos, especially if you are doing physical invites.
Addressing your invitations is EXTREMELY important! Each guest should feel like they are super important, so make sure to get their name and title spot on. Another very important detail is to clearly indicate if a guest is allowed to bring a plus one. You can either include the guest’s name or write “and Guest.” When it comes to children, include their names on the invitation or specify “and Family.”
Another big part of the invitation suite is including an RSVP response card. Include response cards with a self-addressed and stamped envelope to make it easy for guests to respond. Now on the other side of that, you want to set a reasonable RSVP deadline, usually 2-3 weeks before the wedding. It’s a two-way street though, guests should respond to RSVP promptly, indicating whether they’ll attend and the number of people attending. Guests, if you can’t attend, it’s courteous to still send your regrets.
It might be tempting to include any registry or gift information on your invitation but you should refrain from doing that and leave it for the wedding website! You can also spread this information through word of mouth or even include it on your bridal shower invitations!
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