Wedding Inspiration: Wedding Invitations 101

Your wedding invitations give your friends and family their first glimpse into your wedding day. This is the very first impression they will have of your wedding and you want to make it count. For a little wedding inspiration, we’ve compiled a quick guide to all things invitations, and included some of our favorite styles.

Your invites are one of the most important elements in your day because they provide guests with crucial information. You’ll want to order your invitations 4-6 months before your big day. Proper wedding etiquette suggests invitations go out six to eight weeks before the wedding. This allows your guests to receive your invitations and begin planning. You want to make sure that every invitee has ample time to clear their schedules and make travel arrangements if they don’t live in the city where you’ll be tying the knot. If you are planning a destination wedding, give guests more time and send them out three months ahead of time.

As a rule of thumb, make your RSVP date two to three weeks before your wedding date. This will actually work in your favor as it will allow you the time you’ll need to get a final head count to your venue and/or caterer (primarily one week before the wedding date) and help you finalize your seating chart. The return address goes on the back flap of the envelope. The return address used should be that of the person(s) whom you’ve designated to receive response cards, this may be your parents or you (traditionally, whoever is hosting the wedding handles response cards). Don’t forget that the RSVP envelope should also be printed with this address (and should include postage). If you find that guests have not responded by your deadline, don’t feel uneasy about giving them a quick call and ask them to mail their RSVPs (ask that this be sent standard mail) so you have all their information.

Your invitation design will also clue guests in on how they should plan to dress for your wedding. An ultra-formal, traditional invitation with letterpress and calligraphy will signal a more formal event, whereas a square invite with a playful font and bright colors would fit a much more casual style. A great way to provide additional details to your guests would be via your wedding website, where you can go into more detail about the weekend events and dress code.

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