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.
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- 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.
Article source: LifeWorld