Wedding Invitation Tips + Advice on When to Send and What to Say
I’m head over heels for printed wedding invitations. Whether you order them through a site like Minted or hire a stationery pro, you’ll enjoy these wedding invitation tips to ensure your invites are totally perfect.
Wedding Invitation Essential Text
– Your full names
– Indicate that the event is a wedding
– Date, time of ceremony or first event. Text about reception to follow.
– Venue and city
– (Optional) Dress code (can also be placed on wedding website)
Double-Check the Writing
This seems quite obvious; however, I’m sure hundreds upon hundreds of invitations have been mailed with the wrong time, date, spellings of names, etc. Have at least 2 people proofread your invitations for spelling, correct information, and grammar. You’ll be thankful you did!
Make it Easy for Guests to RSVP
Most likely, you’ll want guests to mail back an RSVP card or RSVP online. If you want to ensure the maximum number of returns for mail, make it easy on your guests by including a pre-addressed envelope and the correct postage.
When to Mail Wedding Invitations
For local weddings, or weddings where the majority of guests don’t need a flight to attend, mail out your invitations 6-8 weeks prior to the wedding. For destination weddings, send them closer to 8-10 weeks in advance.
Always, always order at least 10% extra invitations. Better to have and not need than get yourself in a last-minute pickle. Your pets could chew a few, you could spill coffee on a handful, or maybe you decide to invite a few extra people after you realize you have the budget space. Regardless, always go with more!
Go Pro for Addressing
If you have the budget to hire a professional stationery designer or calligrapher for your envelope addressing, do it, whether you choose hand calligraphy or the more affordable printed addresses. It will look so much more beautiful, consistent, and legible. Plus, it’ll be incredibly gorgeous for your photos. It’ll also save you valuable time that you can allocate elsewhere, like other wedding details or a stress-free weekend getaway.
Determine Correct Postage
Don’t just throw a single stamp on your invite, thinking it’ll be fine. Take a full invitation, with RSVP card included, that’s totally ready to mail and check the postage with USPS or use a scale at home. This will save you having to make extra trips to the post office because you ran out of stamps halfway through your invites.
Many photographers love to photograph your invitation on the wedding day. For this reason, make sure to save a complete (yes, RSVP card and all) invitation suite that’s 100% clean and unbent for your photographer. Keep it somewhere safe near your jewelry or other wedding day necessities.