Setting the tone and theme of your wedding

Your wedding invitations are your guests’ first impression of your wedding, so it’s crucial that the invitations communicate how formal the wedding is and reflect your personalities as the bride and groom!

While invitations can be complicated and intimidating, we have some valuable tips that will help break things down.

When do I send out my invitations and save-the-dates?

Timing is important. Typically, you’ll want to send the invitations to your guests 6-8 weeks prior to the wedding day. It’ll allow the guests to make necessary schedule changes and to get their RSVPs back to you in in a timely fashion.

Add a reply-by date so your guests know when they need to RSVP by. You’ll want to receive your RSVPs back 2-3 weeks prior to your wedding day so that you can let your caterer know how many guests you’re expecting.

Save-the-dates should be sent out 6-8 months before your wedding, prior to your formal invitations, so that your guests can reserve the weekend and make travel arrangements if needed.

How do I put my invitations together?

Wedding invitations should include a formal invitation with both the name of the bride and the name of the groom.

They should also contain all of the information a guest needs to know regarding the location and time of the wedding ceremony and reception.

There are different ways to word an invitation, but you can see on the image below has the basic information needed on a wedding invitation.

Anatomy of a Wedding Invitation

Wedding invitations will also contain an inner and an outer envelope, as the small inner envelope is used for the RSVP card included with the formal invitation.

The outer envelope, therefore, contains the formal invitation, the RSVP card, and the return envelope for the RSVP card. The outer envelope will be addressed to your guests, and the return envelope will be addressed to you, the bride.

It’s always a good idea to put a stamp on the inner envelope as both a courtesy to your guests and as an incentive for your guests to return the RSVP cards sooner.

Instead of sending every guest a physical invitation, some brides opt to go through the guest list and evaluating who should receive a physical RSVP card and who would rather RSVP online. It can save time and money, and result in faster RSVP responses!

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