Tackling Your Wedding Invitations
Your wedding invitation is an important piece of paper that lets your guests know a lot more than just the date of your wedding. Your invitations clue them into the theme of the wedding, dress code and more.
Get a head start and save some money by ordering your save-the-dates, invitations, programs, menu cards and thank-you notes at the same time. Save-the-dates should go out six to eight weeks before your big day, but give yourself about a month for the order to come in.
Traditionally, invitations are sent out six to eight weeks before the wedding, giving guests enough time to clear their schedules, book a hotel room and find a sitter (if children are not invited). If you are hosting a destination or your nuptials will take place on a holiday weekend, give your guests some extra time to make arrangement, sending your invitations 10 to 12 weeks before the wedding.
Stick to the Basics
When deciding what information to include on your wedding invitations, less is more. Stick to the basics to make sure your invitation is legible and attractive. Include the time and location of the ceremony, the host’s names, the couple’s names and RSVP information. The dress code can also be included on the invitation or you can share this information on your wedding website; a great place to include driving directions and post-wedding activities.
The traditional wedding invitation is a 4.5 inch by 6.25 inch rectangular card, but there are plenty of creative ideas to consider depending on your wedding theme. Be careful when creating unique cards, since large and bulky invitations will cost much more to mail.
Count by Households
Instead of ordering as many invitations as guests, group your guests by household and count that way. When sending invitations to families: Send a separate one to students away at college and for any guests over the age of 18 who are living in their parents’ home. For couples living apart, send the invitation to the guest you are closer with, including both of their names on the envelopes.
In case you have to resend an invitation or are worried about returned letters and addressing mistakes, order some extra invites and envelopes. Mom will probably want to keep an extra as a keepsake, and framing your wedding invitation and hanging it in your new home is a beautiful way to remember your special day.
Add the Stamp
Last but not least, be sure to include a stamp on the return envelope so guests don’t have to pay for postage. Address these envelopes to the individuals hosting your wedding, traditionally the bride’s parents, so they can keep track of the guest list. Also, be sure to weigh your invitations before sending them out to make sure you have enough postage included.
Take a half hour every evening to address a small stack of wedding invitations with your significant other in the weeks before they have to be sent out to make this task easier.
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