Wedding invitations may seem overwhelming, but here are the basics to get you started! Design, style, and theme may vary based on the couple’s taste, but all invitations should follow this guideline to guarantee your guests receive all of the important wedding day information. Just like your Save-The-Dates, you may incorporate your wedding theme and colors or simply reflect you and your finance’s personalities in a more custom looking invitation.
Wedding invitations are traditionally sent out 6-8 weeks prior to your wedding day. In the case of many travelers or a destination wedding, a 3 month notice is preferred. Similarly, you should include an RSVP date of 3 weeks prior to your wedding day. This will allow late people to respond and still give you time to confirm guest count with your vendors and finalize the seating chart and floor plan. It is acceptable to call your guests who have not responded to the RSVP by the given date. RSVP cards should be included inside of your wedding invitation and be addressed and stamped back to the designated address to receive the response cards.
Necessary items on your Wedding Invitation include:
- couple’s names
- wedding date
- wedding time
- wedding location
- reception time
- reception location
- OPTIONAL – wedding dress code
As noted in my Save-The-Date unblog., you want to use the same names on this address label as your Save-The-Dates sent months ago. This should clearly notify your guests of specifically who is invited. Each invited guest should be listed on the address label to clarify if there is an “and guest” or if your kid cousins are invited, etc. If there is any confusion, a quick phone call to your guest should clarify any questions.
As a standard, all guests invited to your wedding showers and receiving Save-The-Dates, should be invited to your wedding. This includes both the ceremony and reception. If the ceremony space is limited, you may invite some guests to just the reception, however the reverse is not suggested.
Lastly, your wedding invitation is not traditionally the place to note your wedding website or gift registries. Acceptable places to note this information may include your shower invitations or the good ole, word of mouth!
As always, please feel free to comment or email me with any questions! I am always happy to help!