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A Word or Two

You`ve set a time, date and place - now get ready to spread the word. Use our guidelines to make sure your invites go off without a hitch.

Invitations speak volumes as they are often the only form of communication you are likely to have with many of your guests before the wedding. Little mistakes can leave a trail of misunderstanding.

Those in the know suggest the following:

  • Finalise your guest list: Do this before ordering the invitations. (Don`t make the mistake of ordering 150 invites because there`s 150 people on the list - some may be couples or families that live at the same address.)
  • Play it safe with the timing: Order your stationery at least three months in advance and send the invitations out no later than six to eight weeks before the wedding. (As a rule, guests coming from abroad should be sent invitations at least 10 to 12 weeks in advance.)
  • Order more envelopes than invitations: Just in case you make mistakes with some of the addresses.
  • The date on the response cards: This should be at least three weeks before your actual wedding date so you can finalise on catering and seating arrangements.
  • Request a proof of the text when ordering: This is to check spelling and wording.
  • Order all your stationery at the same time: Think invitations and response cards to place cards, thank-you notes and pew leaflets. This will save time, money and keep a consistency in terms of colour, paper and style.
  • Assess the approximate postage cost per invite: Once you have a sample of your invitation with all its inserts, such as response cards and maps, take it to the post office to be weighed.
Posting pointers
  • Putting stamps on response envelopes can encourage your `lazier` guest to RSVP sooner, rather than later.
  • Don`t forget to send invitations to your parents and siblings. They are usually so closely involved in the planning that they get overlooked. It may seem unnecessary, but they also deserve a formal invitation from you - if anything, as a keepsake.
  • Send an invitation to yourself when you post the others. That way, you can track how long it takes to arrive and also what condition it arrives in.
Photograph supplied by Fralenco Wedding Stationery

Article source: LifeWorld



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