A great deal of etiquette is involved with all aspects of your wedding and that includes creating your wedding invitations. From when to send your invitations to the information that should be included, I have detailed all you need to know before sending out your save-the-dates and wedding invitations.
When to Send Invitations
I recommend couples send their save-the-dates at least 6-7 months before the wedding. Some may opt to send their save-the-dates even earlier since there’s no such thing as too much notice. Wedding invitations should be mailed to guests about 2 months in advance. If your wedding is taking place on a holiday weekend, consider sending out your invitations even further in advance to allow guests plenty of time to make plans and secure accommodations.
The RSVP deadline for your guests should fall about 3-4 weeks prior to your wedding date. To avoid guests missing this important detail, I recommend making the date clear and prominent on the invitation. You may inevitably end up calling a few people who didn’t RSVP on time, but to ensure that as many guests RSVP as possible, always include a stamp on each RSVP envelope.
The Registry Rule
Registry information should never be listed on your save-the-date or invitation. Keep the focus away from gifts and instead direct your guests to your wedding website where you can provide them with all the need-to-know information, including where you are registered. I should mention one special caveat: bridal shower invitations. It’s perfectly acceptable to include your registry information on bridal shower invitations as the point of the event is to shower the bride with gifts.
Important Information to Include
The style and details of wedding invitations will vary from one couple to the next, but there are some things that remain constant. Basic information to include on all wedding includes the full names of the couple. The addition of the of parents names or those hosting the event is optional. Your invitations also need to detail the location and date of the wedding, in addition to RSVP information and accommodations.
You might be wondering how many pieces of paper you need to include in your invitation suite. The wedding invitation itself is imperative along with the RSVP card (unless you plan to have guests RSVP online). If your reception is being held in a separate location you may want to include a reception card. Finally, the directions and accommodations cards will also contain information your guests need to know. Some couples may opt to add a weekend itinerary, though this is information you can include on your wedding website if desired.
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