Wedding Invitations and Save The Dates - How to Guide

Wedding Invitations and Save The Dates - How to Guide

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Wedding Invitations and Save the dates

The date is set, the guest list has been made, and all that’s left to do is to invite your guests to your wedding. For such an important event that’s planned so far in advance, you want to ensure that all the people you love and appreciate are there to share your special day. Here is our guide taking you through the whys, whens, and hows of wedding invitations and save the date cards.

Why and When You Should Send Out Wedding Invitations and Save The Dates

Save The Date Cards

Many people ask if they need to send out save the date cards for their wedding, considering them outdated and unnecessary. We couldn’t disagree more. On top of having the obvious benefit of ensuring your guests are free on the date of your big day, save the date cards generate excitement and a sense of anticipation for your wedding. They can also introduce the theme or style of your wedding early and make charming keepsakes for those close to you.

When To Send Your Save The Date Cards

Try to send out your save the date cards as early as possible. As soon as you know your date and have a definite guest list, order your cards so that your guests can have as much notice as possible. The latest you want to leave sending them is between six months and a year before the wedding, especially if you’re having a destination wedding. Another reason to send out save the date cards to your guest list is to get a feel for how many guests you can expect from their responses, which will help with wedding planning.

Wedding Invitations

What to include in your wedding invitations largely depends on the specifics of your wedding, but there are a few basics that every invite needs to have. The bare minimum to include is the names of the guests you’re inviting, the date and time of the wedding, the location, and a brief statement of invitation to the event. 

While you can get away with having only these four details on your invites, it is often helpful to add more. Common things to include is the dress code of the event, detailed directions or parking information, the schedule for the day, and any details specific to your wedding that you think your guests would like to know before arriving. 

If there is anything you want to make clear to your guests without plainly stating it on the invite, you can always tastefully imply it. For example, if you’re having a child free wedding, address the invites to individuals or couples rather than families, and if you would prefer donations rather than gifts, mention on the invites that there will be a wishing well.

When To Send Your Wedding Invitations

Though general wisdom is to send you wedding invites out approximately two months before the event, this may change depending on what type of wedding you’re having and who is invited. If you’re having a destination wedding it’s important to ensure the invites are sent out as early as six months before the wedding, if not earlier, to ensure that your guests can make the proper travel arrangements. Similarly, if many of your guests don’t live nearby, send your invites out ahead of time so that they can organise their travel plans and accommodation well before the day.

Options for Wedding RSVP

When it comes to asking your guests to RSVP to your wedding, you have two main options. The first is to include contact details at the bottom of your invites, be it an email or website, where your guests can let you know if they are attending. Your other option is to include physical RSVP cards that your guests send back to you. 

Both have their positives and negatives. Electronic RSVP is generally quicker and more convenient for the guest, but it is often forgotten about and can sometimes imply that RSVP isn’t necessary. A physical RSVP card is more likely to be filled out by the guest immediately, but is less convenient and could be lost in the mail.

To bypass these negatives, make sure to include a deadline for the RSVP at about three weeks to a month prior to the wedding. This will create a sense of urgency for your guests to RSVP. It also gives you enough time to chase up guests who have forgotten and to let the venue and caterers know the final number of guests. 

By following the above guide and tweaking the details to suit your wedding, you will be able to navigate through the maze of invites, save the date cards, and RSVPs without a hitch. If you want to establish the theme of your wedding with the first save the date, have a look at our new Invitation Collection where you can not only have bespoke invites and save the date cards, but can also design them to match every other aspect of your wedding, from place cards to menus.

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