One of the first and most important steps in the planning
of the wedding is inviting people. Who wants a wedding without their family and
friends there to celebrate with them? It is essential to get a few things right
when preparing those invitations to ensure that everyone you want will make it
on your special day.
Choosing the right invitation for your wedding
will give your guests an idea of what is to come. It will help set the tone of
your entire celebration, so you will need to take some time and decide what you
would like your invitations to say about you and your dream wedding.
Many brides get caught up on the proper etiquette for invitations.
While etiquette is important, there is no need to fuss over it, as you can
quickly look up the proper format and wording online or in any bridal magazine.
What is really important, however, is that your invitation matches your
expectations for your wedding. For example, don't send out extremely informal
invitations, and then expect your guests to somehow understand that you've
planned a formal black tie event!
Once you have chosen the style of
wedding you would like to have, you can then choose your invitation. Some
invitations require many different inserts and envelopes, and these would be
considered more formal. Others contain just a simple notice, and a postcard
style reply card. All invitations, regardless of style, should be addressed
neatly and include vital information such as directions and the time of your
wedding. If you are not having a reception, you can send out announcements
rather than invitations.
When ordering your invitations, keep in mind
that you only need one per couple or family. You may want to send older
children who live at home an invitation of their own. Make sure to order
fifteen to twenty extra invitations for mistakes and for those few you may have
forgotten on your list. Also keep in mind that oversized invitations may
require extra postage, which can add up to a small strain on your budget.
Remember that you will need to factor postage for the return envelope into your
budget as well. Skipping the stamp on those is impolite, and not a place to try
and save money.
Before you make your choice, it is a good idea to look
at several different styles. Any good stationery shop will have catalogs of
invitations to choose from, most specific to weddings. Please be sure to read
the description for each invitation, as some may not be suitable for your
needs. Some are only available as blank cards, and cannot be used for machine
If you're planning a budget wedding, you might choose to
design and print your own wedding invitations and thank you notes. If you or
your family members have any artistic ability, you may be able to create a
beautiful invitation using calligraphy and some art. You can then have your
invitation duplicated onto fine stationery, and the results could be both
beautiful and meaningful. This idea probably works best for an informal
wedding, although it could work for something more traditional depending on the
skills of your family member or friend. What a wonderful way to personalize
your invitations! You can also use free software to design them on your PC, and
then print them with your own printer. A $50 printer can print super quality
The invitations should be sent out four to six weeks prior to
the wedding date. This will ensure that guests have ample time to prepare their
schedule and traveling. You may want to include some recommended hotel
accomodations for your out-of-town guests.
If you prefer that only
adults attend your wedding, then simply address the letter to the adults or
parents. When the card does not specify 'and family' or the children's names, a
guest should not assume that the children are invited. Since some guests may be
unaware of this 'unwritten rule,' you may want to print 'Adult Reception' on
the invitation. Try to avoid phrases such as 'no children' or 'adults only',
which is improper.
Another neglected rule of thumb in invitation
preparation is that it is improper to list where a couple has their gift
registry on the invitation. Rather, pass the word through family and friends.
If someone asks you where you are registered, feel free to tell them without
feeling impolite. Many people feel at a loss when searching for wedding gifts,
and would prefer to purchase something that the couple wants or needs.
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