Picking out wedding invitations is an exciting step in the wedding planning process. It’s an opportunity to formally announce to your friends & family that you’ll be getting married and to show off the central theme of your wedding. While picking out your invitations can be a lot of fun, there are some important things that should be considered. Below are our top wedding invitation etiquette tips.
- Your wedding invites should go with your theme. The design/theme you go with for your invitations will give your guests an idea on what to wear and even how casual or formal your wedding will be. The wording on the invitations, prominent colors, and font choice should work together to create an overall essence of your wedding theme. Your wedding invitation should give your potential guests a clear idea of what kind of wedding they will be attending.
- Give your potential guests plenty of notice. With a typical wedding, send your invitations at least 2 – 3 months in advance. Consider your guest list and make decisions accordingly. How many people would potentially be coming in from out of town? It’s always better to give your potential guests as much time as possible to make accommodations. However, when you are planning to have a destination wedding, then it would be best for you to inform your guests 6-8 months in advance with a Save the Date card.
- Be clear. As important as the aesthetics of your invitations are, the important information needs to be clear and concise. Carefully select your ink colors and your fonts to be easily discernible. Be sure to include the date, time, location, attire, and if guests or children are invited. Make sure that you provide a full address for the event venue so that your guests are not left guessing what you meant. “Street,” “Post Office Box,” “Apartment,” along with cities, states, and house numbers less than twenty should all be written out.
- The name game. Make sure to write the full name of your guests on the outer envelopes. If they are married couples, use “Mr.” and “Mrs.” to address them. If one of your guests is a doctor, make sure to write “Doctor” before his/her name.
- Show your Gratitude. A hand written note should be sent to your guest within 3 months of your wedding. It is important that you give thanks to your guests so when you pick out wedding invitations, be sure to get thank you cards too. Thank You cards are an important way to show your guests that you appreciated their presence on your big day.
We hope these tips will help you get ready for your special day!