Invitations explained

17 Sep 2014

Invitations explained

All you need to know about your wedding stationery.

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All you need to know about your wedding stationery.

 

Q: When should I send my invitations out?

A: Invitations are normally sent out three to four months before the wedding, although if you’re getting married during summer holiday season or other peak period you might want to consider sending Save the Date cards first.

 

Q: When should I order them?

A: It depends on the style of invitations you are having, ask your stationer how long their turnaround time is. Work out what date you need to send them by and how long it’s going to take you to write them and then work back from here.

 

Q: What is the correct wording to have?

A: It depends on who is hosting/paying for the wedding and if it is a formal or informal affair. Try these as a starting point:

 

The bride’s parents

Request the pleasure of the company of

The guest’s name

At the marriage of

The couple’s names

At

Wedding venue, address and time

Followed by a reception at

Reception venue and address

RSVP

Date to reply and address to reply to

 

OR

 

The couple

Would be delighted if

The guest’s name

Could join them to celebrate their marriage

At

Wedding venue, address and time

Followed by a reception at

Reception venue and address

RSVP

Date to reply and address to reply to

 

Q: Should I include RSVP cards?

A: Including a RSVP card with a simple tick box if they are or are not coming does mean your more likely to get responses back sooner rather than later, as all the guest has to do is pop a stamp on the card. You might want to think about including an email address or phone number to respond too as well as many time-strapped guests find it easier to reply online.

 

Q: What other information should I include with my invitations?

A: If guests are travelling long distances to attend your day you might want to include accommodation details for local hotels – make sure you include a few different choices for all budgets. Directions to the church/venue can also be useful or transport information, if you have a gift list you might want to include this, ask about dietry requirements and you might also want to ask the guest for a favourite song to help make a play list for the evening reception.

 

Q: What other stationery do I need?

A: It all depends on your budget. Most stationers will provide the full range from Save the Date cards to invites, Order of Services, table plans, place names and menus as well as Thank You cards. Whether you need or want all or any of these is up to you. If you’re on a budget you might also want to check what your venue includes, some do provide seating plans, menus and place names.

 

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