Wedding invitation etiquette can be hard to learn, especially if you’re doing your wedding invitations for the first time without help. Here are some easy rules for creating and sending invitations to make the process easier.
General Invitation Etiquette
If your invitations are whimsical and unusual, the recipients may expect something unexpected. If the invitations are formal, recipients will expect a formal affair. Invitations should be mailed six to eight weeks before your wedding. The etiquette you use when sending your wedding invitations can also set the tone for your celebration, so it’s important to follow a few special pointers for proper invitation etiquette. This will help to keep the peace among your family and friends so that you can enjoy your day without worrying about anyone being left out or offended.
The response card is traditionally used for gathering totals for the caterer and getting a general number of guests attending. Save the date cards are not used as a substitute for the wedding invitation and typically mention that an invitation will follow. Other pieces often included in the ensemble are the reception card or folder, map or direction card, and accommodation information. The recipient is asked to mail back the response card roughly two weeks before the wedding or by the date indicated.
When addressing the inner invitation envelope, address it to the individuals you invite. Seal n’ send wedding invitations many times don’t come with envelopes. You fold and address them. If you ordered a seal n’ send that doesn’t have envelopes, you could usually order envelopes separately from the invitation company. Invitation envelopes can come in several shapes, sizes, and colors.
Destination Invitation Etiquette
Stylized fonts can be used to convey the atmosphere you want to have at your wedding – relaxed, formal, or laid-back. If you’re designing your invitations, you have a wide range of latitude for choosing colors, styles, fonts, and envelope inserts that will beach your beach theme. If you’d like beach wedding invitations or photo wedding invitations, have them designed or created on your own. This is a great way to make your wedding stand out from the other guests invited so they are sure to remember your special day.
Homemade Invitation Ettiquette
If you are very specific and you do it kindly, people will be more likely to enjoy spending your wedding day with you. Understandably, you want to cut down on wedding costs, but don’t create any bad feelings by not being specific in your invitations. Whether you make your invitations or have them printed by a professional printer, they should be high in quality, and you should proofread them for printing so that embarrassing mistakes can be eliminated. If you have printed the invitations on your home computer, you can print the envelopes by using special calligraphic fonts.
Saving Money Without Losing Etiquette
Whether you use traditional invitation designs or come up with something whimsical of your own, you can save money by finding your wedding initiations online. In the past, wedding invitations had to be printed by a printer who charged a premium for engraving and other services. With the thriving competition of wedding invitation businesses, inexpensive wedding invitations are more easily found online. Invitations can be very costly for many couples unless they know where to look.