If you’re anything like us, you probably have a lot of wedding photos on your Instagram or Pinterest boards. We see you with gorgeous invitation suites, including handwritten calligraphy, dried flowers, and personalized wax seals. Before designing and personalizing your wedding stationery, it’s important to think about the practicalities. For example, what should you include in your invitations? When should they be sent?
While there are some basic elements that wedding invitations must communicate, there are additional elements such as gifting options and accommodation information. You can make your invitations as detailed as you like or as simple as possible. Many couples are now creating a website for their wedding to share additional information and reduce the size of printed invites.
Your first piece of stationery that you will send to your wedding guests is the save the date card. These cards are a casual notice, usually a single-sided or double-sided postcard, asking your guests to put your wedding date on their calendars.
Save the Date cards should contain your name, the date and details of your wedding. You can also include a note to inform your guests that you are still waiting for a formal invitation.
We recommend sending save the dates cards six to eight months before the wedding date. Your wedding guests will have plenty of time to book accommodation, flights, and child care (if needed). Send you to save the dates at least 8 months before your destination wedding to give your guests time to plan.
The centerpiece of your wedding stationery will be your formal invitations. They should reflect your overall wedding theme, including rustic, traditional, modern, beach, hobo, or traditional. Your on-the-day stationery should be matched with your invitation suites, such as menus, name cards and signage.
It would help if you thought about how you want them to look and how they will align with your vision and style. A skilled wedding invitation designer can save you time and stress. They will take all of your wedding details and create stunning invitation suites.
We recommend that you send your wedding invitations at least three months in advance so that guests have enough time to get them.
Guests use the wedding RSVP cards to let you know if they will be attending your wedding. They come with an envelope and a self-addressed stamped envelope. It is best for guests to RSVP promptly to confirm with vendors the exact number of attendees and any dietary restrictions they may have.
The wedding invitation suite includes RSVP cards. They are sent around three months before the wedding, and guests are expected to reply as soon as possible. It is important to set a cut-off date for returning the reply cards so you can provide a headcount to the venue and caterer in advance.