When to Order your Wedding Invitations

When should I order and send my wedding invitations to my guests - how to achieve the best attendance...

The date is set... Congratulations! Now get online and have a look for inspiration, Pinterest is great for this and you can setup boards (private or public) for all stages and events that will occur for your wedding. Once you have decided on what type of wedding you want, theme for the day may come naturally or you may be want to add an individual stamp on your day or to your venue. Venue is a huge decision but again may have a huge amount to do witht he type of day you have your heart set on. Your wedding invitations offers your guests the first look at what your day is going to be like, remember, just a glimmer. Don't reveal all your surprises. Wedding invitations give your guests the crucial details they need to attend; where, when, how to get there, what to wear, bring, the list can go on and it can be totally personalised to your needs and wants. If you are planning a destination wedding or something that many guest will need overnight accomodation, it might be worth, sending 'save the dates'. All good wedding stationery providers will be able to provide matching stationery sets. Warning! Name drop - Invites by Jamie.

Wedding Invitation Style

It is a good idea to choose a wedding invitation design that reflects your wedding day, whether it is a formal black tie event or a garden party, your invitation is your guests first glimpse of what’s to come so use it to set the tone and create the theme of you day.

Wedding Invitation Wording

Wording you may want to include on your wedding invitations are; the names of the bride and groom, location, date, and time. Sometimes parents’ names are listed on invitations, depending on your circumstances, a personal favourite of mine, is 'together with their families'. But do whatever feels right for you. It is good idea to include helpful information to make it easy for your guests to come to your wedding; hotels, transport.

Wedding Guest List

Your wedding guest list should contain all of the names of your invited guests, including every member of the family. If children are invited, add those too.

Include a stamp on the RSVP card to make it convenient for your guests to respond. All they have to do is jot down the number of people who will be attending in the space provided and drop it in the mail. The responses should come in before you order food for the reception. If the invitees haven’t responded, divide the names among those helping you and call.

When to Send Wedding Invitations

Don’t leave ordering your wedding invitations until the last minute. Ideally you should send out your wedding invitations 2 - 4 months before the ceremony. You may want to extend this if you are getting married abroad.

You have to take into account that preparation of invitations on average takes from 3 to 6 weeks and you might need another week or so to send them out.

Often the date you put on your RSVPs will be guided by your venue and when they need information on meals and numbers for seating plan.

Hopefully this guide helps you with planning your wedding and getting your invitation. At Invites by Jamie we are always happy to help with your planning, our specialty is designing personalised, venue illustrated wedding invitations. please take a look at our gallery and get in touch.

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