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He’s popped the question. You have a beautiful engagement ring and you have celebrated with friends and family. Now it’s time to plan. As with any celebratory event it’s all about the detail and your wedding invitations are no exception. Unless you have sent out ‘save the date’ cards, the wedding invitations provide the first impression of your big day.
Does your wedding have a theme? If so, it is important that this is discussed with your printer and that your theme is incorporated. As well as the colour, design and layout of the cards, ensure that your theme is reflected in the wording. This article provides some useful information on forthcoming wedding trends.
It is important to provide your guests with ample time to plan. Traditionally wedding invitations are sent out six to eight weeks before the wedding. This will provide enough time for guests to make travel and accommodation plans if necessary.
Timings are important when planning a wedding. As such, make sure you ask guests to RSVP by a certain date. This will allow you enough time to complete your seating plan and confirm your final head count with the caterer and venue staff. We would recommend a deadline of two to three weeks before the wedding.
One of the common questions often asked about wedding invitations, is whether to include details of your wedding list. We would say no. It is still considered bad etiquette to include this within the invitation. Though most guests are likely to buy a wedding gift, there should be no expectation of this. So our advice is to leave this out of the invitation. Instead, make sure that family members and members of the bridal party all have this information and can answer any queries if required.
Another quandary regarding wedding invitations is how to explain that this is a ‘no-children’ event, if this is the case. This can be tricky as you don’t want to be impolite or cause offense. To avoid any confusion make sure your invitations are addressed by name. i.e. don’t include ‘and guest’. It is widely accepted that only named guests are invited to the wedding.
When choosing your invitation supplier look carefully at their previous work and track record. If possible, obtain recommendations. If you have a specific print process in mind, make sure that they can offer this. For a business like Pure Invitation, wedding invitation creation is their stock-in-trade.
Experience has taught us that it is always better to meet the printer in person. Mistakes are more likely to occur over the phone. This next point is vital. Always make sure that you are able to see a final proof before providing the final go ahead. Read it carefully and reread it. It is always a good idea to ask a couple of family members or friends to read it as well. When you have agonised over the wording you are often too close to see mistakes and will read over them.
The key to all of this is in the planning. Make sure you leave yourself ample time to plan, prepare and revise. Being on the last minute will only cause stress. This should be a happy time and one that you can look back on in years to come. See also our article on Top Tips for Getting Your Wedding Organised.