What You Need to Know About Wedding Invitations

Photo Credit: Melissa Oholendt Photography

Photo Credit: Melissa Oholendt Photography

Sending out wedding invitations can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! Here are a few things not everyone knows about designing and sending wedding invitations.

Timing. Remember that invitations should generally be sent out 6-8 weeks prior to the wedding, (3 months in the case of a destination wedding) so make sure you plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time. RSVP deadlines should be 2-3 weeks prior so that your caterer has enough time to plan for the final headcount. Save the dates are usually sent out 6-8 months prior.

Wedding Website. It is a good idea to let your guests know about your wedding website through your save the dates, but you can choose to include it in your formal invitations instead. This will come in handy when guests need additional information about the wedding day details, or access to your wedding registry.

Dress Code. Remember to write in the dress code either in the lower right hand corner or on a reception card. The invitation’s style should indicate to some extent just how formal/informal the event will be, but it’s always a good idea to clarify with your guests.

Additional Cards. Sometimes, a couple opts to include other cards with their invitations, such as maps, or a schedule of events. Although these are a nice gesture, they’re certainly not expected.

Melody Hall