The wedding invitation is the first impression your guests get about your wedding. It is not only a means of announcing your wedding but is also informs your guest as to what to expect at the ceremony.
Although there are are no rights or wrongs about the invitations you choose, I will like to give you a few tips when it comes to making this decision.
The number of invitations to send. This obviously will depend on the number of guests you are inviting. Know your guest and find out how many singles and couples you are inviting. A couple should only be sent one invitation. So for a guest of about 180, you might only need about 100 – 140 invitations.
Send your invitations early. Give your guest ample notification of your big day. Ideally you should sent them 4 – 2 months and make your RSVP date between four and six weeks. This helps you know exactly how many guests are going to show up..
Always have a couple of extra invitations just in case you forgot someone earlier on.
Consider your budget. Before deciding whether you should opt for a mass production card or a custom one, you should consider your budget. While having a custom designed card will make your invitations more unique, it will cost you much more. So if money is an object, you might consider stock cards or even an e-invite.
The Envelope. Your invitation size will also depend on the type of envelope you will use. If you are panning on having custom envelopes to go with the invitation, then size or shape wouldn’t matter. But if you will be buying envelopes off the shelve, then you should have invitations that will fit such envelopes.
Types of Invitations
Wedding invitations are very different from those packets of invitations that you may have picked up for your last birthday. Wedding invitations not only let others know about your wedding, but they give an important preview as to the style of the event. Wedding invitations come in a few basic varieties, each of which says something different about the wedding. The typical invitation is a small, somewhat plain card with basic information included. An increasingly large number of couples are making use of photo cards, which show off the happy couple. There are also cards that are similar to typical greeting cards and those which are decorated more completely. All of them have their strong points, and many of them work for very specific situations.
Important Factors to Consider When Choosing A Wedding Invitation
Choosing invitations can be incredibly scary. There are many things to keep in mind, and making the wrong choice can result in hurt feelings and wasted money. Some of the most important factors to keep in mind include:
Names included on the invitation. This does not simply mean making sure that the names are correct, but also making a decision of what names to include. Parents are typically included on the invitation, but this might not be feasible for those with multiple step-parents or awkward relations.
Important wedding location information. A mistake on the address or the time might require reprints, which can be expensive
Wedding style. The last thing you want is an invitation that gives the wrong impression of the wedding, so try to find something matches your wedding’s style.
Additions to Your Invitation
Every item in a wedding tends to require an accessory or two. Wedding invitations, of course, are no different. If you want to keep a coherent theme throughout the wedding, you might want to consider a few of the basic stationary types that tend to accompany the invitations themselves. There are many extra items which you might want to consider, but the three most important are the envelopes, the RSVP card and the “save the date” announcement.
As long as you do a bit of forward planning, your wedding invitations will turn out well. Make sure to choose invitations that fit your ceremony, and always keep the important points in mind. If you can do this, you can get the invitations out and move on to the rest of the planning process.