Try as you may, wedding planning is never going to be a perfect experience and there are going to be mistakes made and a few to even learn from! But when it comes to avoiding mistakes that truly matter, wedding invitation etiquette is so important.
For something that is going to give your guests a glimpse into your festivities plus all the need-to-know-information, there are a few things you should pay special attention to before signing off on those invites. Here we help you to count down those avoidable mishaps.
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You should start shopping for wedding invitations at least 5-6 months prior to your big day. This might sound like too much, but you have to keep in mind that your invitations need to be picked by you or custom designed, edited, printed and shipped! If you’re marrying in the popular season for weddings, expect a long delay in delivery already!
Your wedding guests need to have the invites at least 4 weeks before your wedding day. If you are having a destination wedding, you even have to send out your wedding invitations a few weeks even earlier than that. So start early!
A big cause of concern for every couple — you order the invites and when you receive them, you are not happy with the print quality, the colours are not what you thought they would look like or the card stock is not what you expected it to be.
To avoid disappointment, always purchase a sample of your invitations first before placing your order and get them delivered to your place. This way, you get an opportunity to minimise mistakes as much as possible before the final delivery day.
You wouldn’t need an invitation for every person, so take a look at your guest list and figure out how many houses you'll be sending invites to before you give out any numbers. It could save you a lot of money and cut your order in half!
On the other side, you don't want to be ordering more invites at the last minute. Order a few extra alongside the main order to ensure you have enough for late additions, lost invites and keepsakes. Don’t forget to ask for extra envelopes too in case of any addressing mistakes.
Your guests might or might not call you to confirm their presence but it is your duty as a host to add your contact details, in case of any query. You can even direct them specifically to your email address, phone number or website URL for them to give you their rsvp’s or just check out the details that they might not be too sure of.
A good decision is to ask your grammatically inclined friends to look over the invitation and read it carefully, not just for typos or poor grammar but for common omissions like the wedding date or ceremony addresses. Ask a friend who's very detail-oriented—if there are any mistakes, they'll know it before it turns out to be a laughing matter for guests.