Wedding Invitations

Wedding invitations do much more than tell who, what, where and when. The invitation sets the overall tone of the event. From the way the invitation is addressed to the font used for the text, an invitation says whether the event is formal, casual, grand, intimate, themed, traditional, or something entirely different. It is hard to imagine a simple invitation saying so much.

Many rules dictating a wedding are often broken today. Even today, going against generally accepted invitation etiquette is not acceptable. A wedding invitation should convey what is or is not allowed along with giving all the details of the event. As tempting as it is to put the guest's names into an address book or database, select a script font and print out a sheet of labels, don't do it. While this is perfectly acceptable for a casual affair, handwriting should be used for more formal events. A professional calligrapher can easily address the envelopes if your wedding planning budget allows.

An RSVP card along with a stamped pre-addressed return envelope should also be included in the invitation. Etiquette rules for addressing include: specifying whether guests or children are allowed. This is generally handled by the way the inner envelope is addressed.

Adding "and guest" after the guest's name or the name of the children will convey this message well. There are further rules for addressing envelopes of professionals, couples that live together but aren't married, and women who use their maiden name so be sure to research these.

Wedding invitations should be mailed six weeks prior to the wedding date to allow guest time to respond. Guests traveling from out of state or country will appreciate the extra time to coordinate their travel so it is customary to mail their invitations 8 to 10 weeks prior to the date (wedding planning timeline).

Matching stationary is usually available for purchase along with wedding invitations. Also things such as beverage napkins, match books, place cards, the cake box, and wedding albums can be purchased too coordinate also. The menu and ceremony program can also be coordinated to the invitations and handed out to guests. Thank You cards can also be ordered to match the invitations to thank the guests for their gifts after the wedding.

Wedding invitations and stationary should be planned when the couple is not rushed and remember to keep the budget in mind.


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