Essential Tips for Your Wedding Invitations
Without a doubt, your wedding invitations are one of the first and most important elements to consider when planning your Big Day. And, of course, you want to make sure they are nothing less than perfect!
What are some of the most important tips to keep in mind when designing and sending out your invitations?
We’ve gathered some great tips below – so read on and find out more.
- Think of your personal style. Pretty much everything can be personalized on your wedding invitations, so consider incorporating something from your personal style to make your wedding invitations truly “yours”. For example, you could include elements in each of your favorite colors, a quote from your favorite movie, a personalized monogram, or even an illustration of your pet or wedding venue.
- Incorporate your wedding theme. Although it’s definitely not mandatory, matching your invitations to your wedding theme can help set the stage for your wedding. Keep in mind that your invitations are likely to be your guests’ first impression of your Big Day. Coordinating them with your theme can actually make people more eager for the Big Day to arrive! One bride had a wedding at an aquarium and had ocean creatures illustrated and laser cut on her invitation.
- If you plan on having a destination wedding, be sure to send out your invitations earlier than you would normally. Remember, your guests need to make travel arrangements, they need to take vacation days, and they need to generally prepare for a longer trip for your wedding – so it’s only common courtesy that you inform them of your actual wedding date sooner, rather than later.
- Be sure to include all the information your guests may need, including directions to the ceremony and reception, information on accommodations, sights to see while they are in town, and transportation options. Obviously, all this travel information should not be included on the invitations themselves, but in the details cards you will include with the invitation suite. You should also include all of this information on your wedding website if you choose to have one.
- Order a few extra. Purchasing a few extra will save you a lot of hassle if you have a list minute addition to your guest list, or if one of the invitations comes back in the mail damaged and needs to be resent. Most providers of wedding invitations have minimum orders, so it’s better to add a few extra with your initial order than finding yourself two invitations short and having to place a larger order to satisfy minimum order requirements. Plus you’ll need at least one extra to keep one as keepsake.
- Don’t forget the post office’s rules. Take one of your completed invitations to the post office to have it weighed and to have the exact postage calculated. There may unexpected additional postage charges depending on how the addresses are printed and the size, shape, and weight of your invitation. Be sure to have the post office determine those before you start stamping and mailing all of your invitations.
- Don’t forget RSVP’s and return envelopes. While some couples may rely on email RSVP’s or links on their website, providing a return envelope can make it easier for older guests who are unable to attend to respond. It also provides an easy way for them to send a gift card or check as a wedding gift.
Still looking for the perfect wedding invitation? Be sure to check what Hunt Country Celebrations’ members have to offer. Their experience, their talent, and their dedication will not disappoint you! We work with two fantastic invitation providers. Check out their work here: Curious Fox Press and KK’s Printing And Stationery.