Take special care and time choosing your wedding invitation, as this gives your guests the first indication of your event and makes a good first impression.
Making a List of your Guests
Before ordering your invitations, sit with all the family members and make an accurate guest list, with correct names and correct address.
Make a separate guest list for each occasion, this will give you an indication of how many inserts to order.
Choosing your Invites
Take special care and time in choosing your invitation:
Match it to the theme of your event such as:
Consider other cards you may need and keep this with the same theme, such as:
Ordering your Invites
Make sure you have an accurate guest list and always order about 20 cards extra allowing for mistakes and last minute additions. Ordering additional cards later will cost extra per invite.
Also order extra envelopes for common mistakes — wrong address, change in marital status of the guest, change in academic status from Ms. to Dr. etc.
Make sure you order your invites no later than 3 months before your event, in order to ensure that the invites are proper.
Proof read everything several times (a million times) before the cards go to print, and also get others to read through them, as more than one set of eyes are always better!.
Always have a return address on the outside of the envelope, so that undelivered invites can be returned.
Writing of your invitation
Write out the address on the envelope by hand, rather than a printed label, this gives it a more personal touch.
If you have strict timing schedules, and no room for delays, then don’t forget to write “Please be Prompt” , most will take this into consideration and will try and keep to time.
Include a map of the location of the venue.
Number these cards in the top right hand corner and have the correlating number on your list for whom this card has been sent to.
i.e 101 Mr and Mrs R K Patel
102 Mr and Mrs J Shah etc
This way you will avoid a mission impossible, as more often than not guests tend to send RSVP cards back with out stating their names.
Posting the Invites
Have one invitation weighed at the post office so you know how much postage stamp you will need to use.
Mail the invites two months to six weeks before the wedding date, earlier for destination weddings, check that you have the correct address and post code.