As your wedding invitations will be the first piece of correspondence your guests receive, they will set the tone for the style of your celebration. If your wedding will be held in a church with a traditional reception to follow, a classy card will showcase that style. In the alternative, if you are having a fun and casual beach wedding, your invitations will feature a laid back, breezy style.
Along with the crucial importance of your wedding invites comes a list of do’s and don’ts which you may not even realize! The last thing you would want to do when sending out your invites is to make some sort of mistake which may offend your guests.
Ready to find out some of the best invitation do’s and don’ts? Read on!
When sending your wedding invitations, here are a few pointers to keep in mind:
- ALWAYS spell check your invitations. Even if all the wording looks correct on the invite, it is always a great idea to have another set of eyes read them over. Your eyes may be so trained to see the information and may miss the tiniest of misspellings or grammatical mistakes. You will want to make sure all the information printed on your invitations is completely correct.
- You will want to make sure all the pieces of the invitation are assembled correctly prior to sealing the envelopes. There are many stories of frantic brides calling the post office after all their invitations were dropped off for mailing, once they realized they had forgotten the return envelopes inside. Always take the time to ensure each and every piece is accounted for when assembling, saving you any tears at the post office once you realize you have made a mistake.
- On the topic of response cards, always remember to include return postage. The response card is the tiny card which your guests send back to you, either confirming or declining your invitation. It is much easier for your guests to simply check off ‘yes’ or ‘no’, seal it back in the envelope, and drop it back in the mailbox already with the stamp on it. You will be more likely to get the responses back faster when guests do not have to hunt down a stamp of their own.
Now that we know some of the things you should do, how about a few things you should NOT do on your invites.
- NEVER email your wedding invitation to your family and guests. Yes, this is the age of technology, but just emailing your invitation, or sending your wedding details in an email is a definite no-no. Your guests will appreciate the time you took in sending out formal invitations.
- Where it was once standard to send your wedding gift registry information inside of the wedding invitations, it is now considered tacky. It is almost like you are sending the message, “Hey – buy me a present!”. Should the guests want to know where you are registered, it is easy enough for them to pick up the phone and call you or your parents to request that information.
- Always take the time to hand write your envelopes rather than stick on pre-printed labels addressed to your guests. This will show you took the time to hand write your invitations and will show your pride in the finished product. Also, another point to remember when addressing your envelopes is to write them out before they are sealed. Once you write on the envelope with the invitation already inside, you run the risk of making unsightly indentations on the actual invitations.
Obviously, there are a lot of factors that go into wedding invitations, some you may not have even thought about before. Always remember that spell checking your invitations, proofreading to ensure absolute correctness, and taking the time to hand write the mailing addresses will go a long way in the overall presentation of your invite.