Your wedding invitations are the first impression your guests will have of your wedding, so this guide will help you along every step of the way from selecting the format to mailing them or emailing them.
Picking the right wedding invitations with the perfect message is a great opportunity to give your guests a sneak peak of how your wedding will be by selecting the most beautiful wedding invitations with the perfect message. It can seem like a daunting task to pick just one style out of the sea of options that exist today, but we're going to help make it quick and simple to pick your invitations and send them off so you can start receiving RSVPs and continue planning your dream wedding.
The first thing to think about is whether you'll want to send a virtual wedding invitation or an actual paper invitation. There are many benefits to virtual invites, which is why more and more couples are opting for e-invites these days. The prime reason, aside from the considerable savings you can enjoy, is that handling the RSVPs is much more automatic and easy. When they receive the invite, they simply RSVP in the moment, whereas a physical invitation requires the guest to take a specific action, whether that means sending back an RSVP card, sending an email or calling you to confirm their attendance. However, it's tough to replace the charm and elegance of a wedding invitation, plus everyone appreciates snail mail now more than ever. Nonetheless, it's up to you, so weigh the pros and cons before you decide the format in which to send your wedding invitations.
There are absolutely endless options for wedding invitations. You can personalise every aspect of the invitations, from the type of paper, the weight of the paper, the colour and the texture of the paper. Rough textured, cream coloured or mauve coloured invitations are lovely for rustic weddings, whereas classic white works for just about any wedding style. You can also choose an invitation in one of your wedding colours and of course suppliers offer a myriad of styles and patterns. You can go for printed patterns, hand-painted wedding invitations or even invitations with your venue painted on the front in watercolours, which would serve as a lovely keepsake for both you and your guests. Do a thorough scan of all the wedding invitation suppliers in your area to get an idea of what they offer and then browse the internet for all the designs that inspire you for your wedding invites.
Your wedding stationary isn't complete without the perfect typography to go along with it. Remember that it should be easy to read, especially taking into consideration that your grandparents may have a more difficult time reading extra fine, small, cursive typographies. If you want something in cursive you can always have your names in cursive, but then keep the rest of the typography more clean and easy to read.
The invitation message used to be very descriptive and formal. Each guest's name would be printed individually on every invitation - talk about work! These days weddings are large and most, if not every printing company, will charge you extra for personalising each invitation. Not to mention when it comes time to send the invitations you'll need to find the name to go with the labelled envelope so that you don't send the wrong invitation to the wrong guest.
So think about the actual message you need to communicate. Find a straightforward, polite manner to communicate the most important details:
- Your parent's full names
- Your full names
- The name and address of the venue
- The date and time of the wedding
- A message saying they are invited
You should also consider whether you want to allow a "1+" for each guest, so either you can leave that option out or include it in the RSVP card. Don't forget to include any extra details about how they should RSVP.
The time to order
Make sure to give yourself and your wedding invitation supplier plenty of time in advance to order the invitations. Often they will send you a first draft of how the invitation will look so that you can see the physical invitation and decide whether the colours are right, the paper is adequate, the text is correct, your names are spelled correctly, etc. We recommend that once you book your wedding venue, it's time to order the invitations, without wasting much time. Calculate a couple of months until you have your final wedding invitations ready to be mailed.
The time to send
Depending on where your wedding will be held, whether it is a destination wedding, or whether you have lots of guests coming in from out of town, you should send the wedding invitations as early as possible. If you want to give them extra notice, you can send Save the Dates 6-9 months ahead of time and then send a formal invitation 3-4 months prior to your big day.
There are many ways to handle the RSVPs. Technology has made it very simple and reliable. Now you can create your own wedding website personalised with your names. In the wedding invitation you include the website address where guests should RSVP. If you're using the WeddingWire wedding planner, all you'll need to do is watch the RSVPs roll in.
Then you can start dragging your confirmed guests into their seats with the Table Planner. You're almost there!