Wedding planning involves a seemingly endless number of tasks that need to be completed if you want your big day to come together perfectly — or come together at all. Choosing, ordering, addressing, and mailing your wedding invitations — and then waiting on those RSVPs to start coming in — can quickly become an overwhelming task.
How do you choose the right invitations? Should you visit a stationery store or shop online? What should or shouldn’t be included on them? If you’re struggling through any part of this process, here are a few do’s and don’ts to help make the process easier.
Do Choose Invitations to Match Your Wedding Style
Planning a cohesive, beautiful-styled wedding starts long before your guests arrive at your venue. In fact, your wedding invitations are your first chance to show off your style, including the colors and any themes you may have chosen. So be sure to pick out invitations that reflect the style of your big day.
Don’t Overwhelm Yourself with Options
You already have appointments to try on wedding dresses, tour venues, and sample wedding cakes, so don’t overwhelm yourself by adding yet another appointment at a stationery store. Instead, shop online for your invitations. At Minted, you can browse your options, order free samples of ones you like, and then relax at home while you decide which style of wedding invitation is perfect for your big day. Customize your selection with your choice of colors, fonts, and finishes; add your personal information, and cross off invitation shopping on your wedding calendar.
Do Match All of Your Stationery
Don’t stop at ordering your wedding invitations. Once you’ve chosen your style and theme, you can order everything from save-the-dates to thank you cards to day-of stationery, such as programs, in the same beautiful style.
Don’t Include Too Much Information
Your wedding invitations are as much a formal announcement of your big day as they are an actual invitation. Instead, preserve the beauty of your invites by sharing the smaller details on your wedding website. This includes your registry, hotel information, and any information about pre- or post-wedding events.
Do Order Early
Your wedding invitations should be mailed to guests six to eight weeks before your wedding day and 12 weeks if you have guests who will be traveling from out of the country. You’ll also want to give yourself at least a few weeks to prep your invitations, especially if you’re hand addressing them, and a minimum of three weeks to arrive after you’ve ordered them. This means you’ll want to order your invitations at least three months before your wedding day.
Don’t Be Vague About Who’s Invited
The last thing you want to do is leave your guests guessing about who is and isn’t invited. Whether you decide to give everyone a plus one (or only a select few), invite any children (relatives or otherwise), or keep your day kid-free, make sure these details are clear in your invitation. This information is easy to add to your RSVP card.
Checking Wedding Invites Off Your To-Do List
Ordering your wedding invitations should be a fun, creative process, not another hassle on your growing to-do list. Knowing these simple do’s and don’ts can help make the process easier and ensure you wind up with beautiful invitations that you and your guests will love!