The big day you have been waiting for your entire life is finally here – you are engaged to be married!
It is such a joyful time when you are looking forward to your wedding day and also to spending the rest of your life with the person you love.
At the same time there are so many decisions to be made – choosing the venue, finalising the dress, planning the entire ceremony and of course finalizing the wedding invites. Wedding invitations are one of the most important tasks when you begin your wedding preparations. There are so many aspects to the task and so many things to consider and here is a helpful Wedding Invitation Dos and Don’ts.
If you are not sending out save the dates, the wedding invitation is sometimes the first formal announcement of your engagement. This is important because the wedding invitation then becomes the first glimpse of what people can expect to see at the wedding. There are so many different options to choose from that it can be quite confusing. Take your partner along and choose an invitation design that reflects both of you and your relationship. So you can choose a casual or funky invitation or a formal one whatever suits you best.
Even after that there are so many things to consider. The guest list for example. Whom to invite? An important question with no simple answers! You can start by first compiling a list of friends and family, people you know from work, other relatives and acquaintances. Once you have an idea of how many people you want to accommodate at your wedding you can start choosing names from that list. Sometimes parents get involved and they want to invite a lot of their friends or extended family but here you have to be firm. Only people you and your would be spouse consider important enough should be invited. But at the same time do be careful that you don’t miss out on anyone!
Sending out save the dates can actually help you to narrow down your guest list. A Save the Date is a simple announcement that tells people on what date the wedding ceremony will take place and where. If someone already has an engagement or travel plans that clash with your wedding date then they can inform you when they receive the save the date. You needn’t send them a wedding invite in that case. A save the date becomes especially important if you are planning a destination wedding at some exotic location. It is only considerate to give advance notice to people so that they can plan accordingly.
Choosing the actual wording for the invitation is another task. You can decide on one of the traditional invitation wordings that are available for wedding cards. They cover all the important details and you are not likely to make a mistake with these wordings. But if you have a creative bent of mind why not frame your own wordings. You can dream up a funny or whacky rhyme or poignant prose that describes your love. But whatever it is, it will be something unique and it will definitely lend a special touch to your wedding invitations
Even after finalising everything on your wedding invitations and getting them printed there still remains the task of sending them out to your wedding guests. When you sit down to address the invitation envelops there are a lot of things to keep in mind. First of all be absolutely sure you have the correct address. If you have been out of touch for a while it makes sense to make a quick call to confirm people’s address.
Be careful to address the invitation to the people you want to invite. Avoid writing ‘plus 1’ or ‘and family’. Address every invitee by name. If you want to invite children mention their names if you want to imply that children are not invited you can leave their names out. It is considered in very bad taste to mention “Adults only” or “No children” on wedding invites. If you are inviting a friend and her significant other mention both their names. Writing “Plus 1” is slightly awkward especially if you happen to know this person well. Titles, professional and military deserve special attention. It is not a bad idea to do a bit of research on what is the correct way to write out titles.
Are you feeling a little overwhelmed? Don’t worry! We have compiled a check list of all the important dos and don’ts when it comes to wedding invites. It covers everything discussed here and a few other pointers. Just go through it and you will avoid making any major mistake.
Most importantly this is one of the happiest times of your life. Make sure you enjoy it. We wish you the very best for your wedding day and to make your wedding even more special we can share a great idea for wedding return gifts!