Invitations will be your guest’s first glimpse at the style of your wedding. Make sure your invitations reflect the vision of your day. Traditional wording can be used, you can use inspirational wording, or write your own. Whatever you do, remember that the invitation reflects your joy in the day and in having yours guests share this special day with you.
COMPILING YOUR LIST AND ORDERING YOUR INVITATIONS
A complete guest count is critical before ordering invitations and stationery. Your guest list will be determined by a number of factors, but the primary one will be your BUDGET. The next will be the number of your friends, his friends, each of your parent’s friends, and family members. Collecting names and addresses can be a tedious job that you may consider putting off. Our advice: DON’T! Use social media such as Facebook to gather names quicker and easier by creating an event, inviting your guests to it, and then request their addresses. Knowing your guest count will play a large part in every aspect of your planning. To help the process along, ask both sets of parents to compile their own lists of names and addresses and ask them to give them to you by a specific date. Remember, not everyone will be able to attend. As a general rule of thumb you can expect about 75-90% to attend, depending on the time of year and how far your guests need to travel.
WHEN TO ORDER
You will want to order your invitations and other printing at least five to eight months before the wedding, but if you have the opportunity to browse through samples earlier, do so. Invitations say so much about you as a couple and the style of wedding you are creating, so avoid making a spur of the moment decision.
Once you receive your invitations, assemble one and have it weighed for the proper postage cost. Also remember to budget for a return stamp on your reception envelope. You will have a better response rate by doing so.
WHEN TO MAIL
Mail your invitations at least five to six weeks prior to your wedding. Send out all invitations on the same day, and then keep an accurate list of responses. You will need and accurate guest count for both the ceremony and reception.
OTHER PERSONALIZED ITEMS
Besides invitations, you may want a number of other items personalized for your wedding, like thank you notes, and ceremony programs or announcements. Personalized items can add a nice touch to your wedding, but can also add some extra expense. If you are on a tight budget, you may want to just stick with the basics. But if you want to add that little extra flair, consider personalized chocolate bars, custom matchbooks, a bookmark with a special quite, or beverage napkins printed with your name and wedding date.