What you need to know about wedding invitations

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. All you need to include is an invitation and a RSVP card.

DIY Invitations. Doing DIY invitations is easier than you think. Here’s what you need to know:

  • DIY invites are completely manageable, (and fun!) but do not expect to be a quick process. We recommend giving yourself about two months to complete this process, because let’s face it- you’ll have other things on your to-do list during that time. This will ensure a stress free and fun experience.
  • Pick the size of the envelope first, then the card size. You don’t want to finish the invitation only to realize it doesn’t fit in the envelope. A standard invitation size is a 4.5”X 6.25” rectangular card, and the envelopes should be approximately ¼ inch larger than the card.
  • Have fun experimenting with different fonts and colors that match the style of your wedding. Just make sure to do occasional print checks-your design will look a little different on paper than it does on a screen.
  • There are lots of online templates to look at for inspiration. Pick a theme and go from there!

Invitation Websites. There are several great websites that will help you design the invitations that fit your personal style. These allow you to decide just how much you want to design yourself. Stick with the options they present, or change the fonts, colors, and layout to your liking-it’s all up to you! Click on the following names for referrals: 

Basic InviteMintedShutterflyTiny PrintsPinhole Press, and Purple Trail.

Melody Hall