Stuff you should know…
These are some of the most common questions I hear about wedding invitations. If you have a question that I haven’t answered here, feel free to send me a message!
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How do I determine the wording for my invitation?
Modern invitation wording has become much less restricitve. While etiquette and religion still play a large role in how an invitation should be worded, the order and language is really up to you! We have some common wording samples to the left. For the most accurate wording options, read Martha Stewart’s take on invitation etiquette.
What should my response date be?
A common response date is about two weeks before your event. Your caterer or event-coordinator may require more or less time for a final guest count, so speak with them to help you determine a the most accurate response date.
How far in advance should I mail my invitations?
Save the dates should be sent 6 months or sooner to give guests time to plan their trip.
Wedding invitations should be sent six to eight weeks before your wedding, giving your guests adequate time to respond and ensuring that you will get a reliable head count a week or two before the event. If you have a long list of out-of-town guests, you could consider sending your invites out up to 3 months in advance.
How do I assemble my invitations?
The invitation cards should be assembled from largest to smallest (largest in back), with the printed side facing up. For folded invitations, the front should face up with all enclosures tucked inside the folded card. The respose card should be tucked under its envelope’s flap and the response envelope should be pre-stamped and addressed for your guests’ convenience.
How do I formally address my envelopes?
All information should be written out in full—no abbreviations or initials should be used. You can use numerals for house numbers larger than 20 and also for the zip code.
How much postage should I purchase?
Purchase enough stamps for both the outer envelopes and response envelopes. Your custom stamp design will be made available on our Zazzle store and will have different postage prices to choose from. Most envelopes will only require one first-class stamp, but bring a completed invitation to the post office to have it weighed just in case.
How do I prevent my invitations from getting ruined in the mail?
When you take your invitations to the post office, request that they be hand-canceled. Machines print bar codes on the envelopes, but hand-canceling—just marking each stamp—keeps invitations neat and prevents damage from running them through the machines.