There are lots of things to consider when you’re sending out your wedding invitations. This is the first chance to showcase your wedding style and it’s an opportunity not to be missed. We’ve gathered our top 10 tips together to help you navigate the world of wedding invites.
1. Get your guest’s addresses ahead of time.
There’s nothing worse than having beautiful invites ready to send and nowhere to send them! Try to start compiling your guest addresses as early as possible, raid your parents address books (yes – they’re still a thing) and send out requests so that when the invites arrive you know exactly where you’re sending them.
2. Give your guests plenty of notice.
There are no fixed rules for when you should send out your wedding invitations but there are some circumstances to consider. Weekday weddings offer fantastic value for money but may mean guests need to book time off work or make childcare arrangements. In this case you should give as much notice as possible. Apply the same curtesy if you are asking guests to travel, especially if your wedding is abroad.
3. Choose your words carefully.
Whether you’re deciding who gets a plus one or whose children to include, there are some tricky situations to navigate when sending out wedding invites. Remember, it’s perfectly reasonable to make those decisions – it’s just a case of wording them respectfully. You can find some variations on how to approach this in wedding invite wording blog post.
4. How many invites do you really need?
It’s important to remember when ordering your wedding invitations that you may only need one invite per couple or per family NOT one per person! For example, if you have 100 guests then 60-70 invites should be plenty. It’s always a good idea to have spares but weddings are an expensive business so don’t waste your valuable budget ordering more invitations than you need.
5. Write your RSVPs before you send them.
Guest lists are a tricky affair and it’s not unheard of for guests to add additional names when returning their RSVPs. To help avoid any awkward exchanges, write the name(s) of exactly who is invited onto the RSVP yourselves before you send them, this way you’ve tried your best to make it clear and can only hope they take the hint!
6. You don’t have to be google.
It’s a great idea to include some details of the venue address and local accommodation with your invitations but remember you don’t have to provide ALL the answers. Your guests are perfectly capable of finding directions and somewhere to sleep if required.
7. Give your hand a break.
It’s easy to get excited and want all your invitations done in one fell swoop. However, by the 20th envelope the cramp in your hand will make you start questioning even the most beautiful handwriting. Take your time and space them out over a few evenings – you’ll be glad you did. It’s
also worth testing out your pen of choice before diving in. Textured paper absorbs ink differently so avoid smudges and try a few different pens to get the best results.
8. Second (Class) to none.
Whilst it’s tempting to send all your invites first class, at 76p per stamp this often-forgotten cost can really add up! If you have guests who are local, consider posting by hand and for those a bit further afield second class stamps come in 15% cheaper at 65p and deliver in two to three days (including Saturdays).
9. Envelope stickers are LIFE.
Licking one envelope is fine. Licking 100 envelopes is not. We include envelope stickers as standard with all our invitation sets so you don’t have to worry (even if secretly you like the taste…).
10. Offer RSVP options.
It’s a sad fact of wedding life that guests are notoriously bad at RSVPing to weddings. To help make it an easy process, you can offer a few RSVP options. If you’re happy for them to do so, make it clear that guests can RSVP by phone or email as well as the old-school approach of posting the RSVP card back to you.