Your wedding should be one of the best days of your life. But what is the special day if you don’t have your friends and family there to share it with you?
To make sure they know about your wedding and can make plans to attend, you should mail your wedding invitations at least six weeks before your wedding date. Here are some suggestions for creating your initiations.
– Start with who is announcing the wedding. This is traditionally the parents of the bride and groom but could be the bride and groom themselves.
– Decide to be formal or casual. Your wedding invitation style should show the style of your wedding. If you are having a casual wedding, you want your invitations to reflect that. The style of your wedding should be reflected in the wording you choose and the look of the invitations, including colors and fonts.
– Consider using a Web site to create your invitations, such as Shutterfly or Snapfish. These are typically used for more casual weddings, but they can also create some nice formal invitations, too. Just pick a style you like, and input your personal information.
You can play around with wording and formatting until it is just the way you like it, and then you can order as many copies as you need with envelopes. You can even order pre-addressed envelopes if you enter all of your invitees’ addresses and you don’t mind sacrificing the appeal of a handwritten envelope.
– Look for samples of invitations online for your specific needs. There is so much that goes into wedding etiquette, and different family situations can make deciding how to word your invitation a challenge. There are Web sites that will tell you how to write any invitation – if the parents of the bride or groom are divorced, if this is the bride or groom’s second marriage, if the wedding will be held in a church or not, etc.
– Decide how strictly you really want to follow wedding etiquette. There is the traditional way to do things, and there can always be your own way of doing things, too.
Yes, you may want to follow some guidelines, but you also want to put your own personal spin on things. Most likely none of your guests will notice or care if you do not follow perfect etiquette.
– Include the exact address of the wedding and name of the church or other venue.
– Include all necessary reception information. Make sure you have the exact address of the location of the reception if it is not in the same place as the wedding, as well as what time it will start. You may want to include a separate card with directions to the reception from the wedding location so guests can find it easily.
– Don’t forget your RSVP information, including the date you need to have your answers by. You will want to include an RSVP card with a separate self-addressed stamped envelope to make it easier (and more likely) for guests to reply on time.
When you have finished creating your first invitation, be sure to run a grammar checker (if you have done it on the computer) or have someone else review your work. You don’t want to have any errors on the invitations, and this way you can catch any mistakes early enough to correct them.