The 14 Most Important Wedding Invitation Tips

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The day finally arrived. He went down on one knee and asked the big question. After family and friends share your excitement and you live on cloud nine for a few weeks, the stark realisation kicks in and you realise that you will need to start planning the biggest day of your life. And it all starts with choosing the date and wedding invitation. It is more important than you think. This first step will set the tone for your big celebration and deserves some well planned thought.

1. SAVE THE DATE

You can never give too much notice. Send them at least 6 months in advance, especially if you have a destination wedding or if your date falls in a holiday.

2. SEND INVITES 3 MONTHS IN ADVANCE

It is crucial that you include a RSVP date no later than 4 weeks before the wedding. This will give you enough time to follow up on guests that have not replied. The last thing you want is set-up tables that sits empty on your big day. You will also need to keep the catering deadline in mind and will need to give them the exact number of guests and dietry requirements.

3. SET THE TONE

This is one of the most difficult decisions you will make on your journey. The invitation will set the tone for your entire wedding. Decide on your theme before you decided on the style of the invitation. It will give your guests an idea of what to expect at the wedding.

4. NAME THE GUESTS THAT YOU INVITE

If you want to avoid awkward conversations, be specific about who you invite. For example: Louis + partner. If you don’t want any children at your wedding, also make it clear.

5. DETAILS ARE IMPORTANT

Cover everything! Time and date is of course the most important but be specific about the location. If it is off the beaten track, add a map or directions. Inform your guests about the dress code and accommodation information. If it is a cash bar, add that to your invite as well and although some might find it cheeky, add a clue for your present. You don’t want to receive 50 cutting knives, so if you prefer cash, let your guest know in a very subtle manner. It will make it easier for them as well.

6. ADD SOME FUN

You want your guests to feel involved so add something fun. You can ask for their favourite song and add it to your playlist. It will take some planning off your shoulders as well.

7. SAMPLE FIRST

So, you’ve got the idea and want to get going. It is very important to make a sample before you print 100’s. You might want to make some changes when you see the real deal. It will also give you an idea of the costs involved.

8. POSTAGE

There is something incredibly special about receiving a letter in the post, especially a wedding invitation. It is recommended to get a quote on the postage fees when planning your invitation. The bigger and bulkier, the more expensive. You don’t want any surprises, so plan ahead.

9. REVIEW

You don’t want a typo and believe it or not, it is quite easy to overlook, especially the time and date. Get other people to proof read it.

10. PRINT MORE THAN YOU NEED

Chances are good that someone won’t be able to make it which will give you the oppertunity to invite someone else. Because you will be restricted to numbers, you will not be able to invite everyone but if someone cancels, you can send out a invite to someone else.

11. FINAL TOUCH

Add a return address stamp or seal. This will make the RSVP journey smooth sailing for you as well as your guests. Be clever and address the thank you note envelopes when you address the invitations. This will save you loads of time after the wedding.

12. CODE THEM

Create a number for every guest and number the RSVP cards. If someone forgets to dot down their name, you will know exactly which guest will be attending or not. You can never be organised enough.

13. PHONE OR EMAIL

Many will not fill in your RSVP card, especially the older crowd, but that’s ok. They will contact you via email or phone. The most important thing is that they RSVP.

14. GO TECH

Although a wedding invitation on paper, received in your postbox is dreamingly romantic, you can also decide to make a website instead. You can email your guest with the invitation and they will be able to RSVP on your custom made site. It will also give you the opportunity to add directions, accommodation details and photos. And if some details change, you can change it on your website instantly.

 
 

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