Wedding invitations

All About Wedding Invitations

Wedding invitations can be a tricky piece of the wedding planning puzzle, especially if paper and prose aren’t really your thing. But when done well, wedding invitations can do so much more than communicate the important details! They give your guests a sneak peek at your personal style, and provide visual cues for what they can expect on your big day. Your unique design and verbiage set the tone for the celebrations ahead—not to mention a sentimental souvenir you can keep forever. Ready to get started? Let’s talk all about wedding invitations!

When should I send my wedding invitations? 

As a general rule, you should plan to have wedding invitations in your guests hands between six and eight weeks before your wedding with an RSVP deadline of three weeks before the big day. If you’re planning a destination wedding, shoot for 12 weeks so your guests have a bit more time to plan their trips. Count on around 5-7 business days from drop-off to mailbox arrivals, depending on how far your guestlist reaches. 

This timeline gives your guests time to check their schedules, hear back on any pending calendar holds, and still give you a final headcount before crunch time. If you’re sending Save the Date cards (which I highly recommend), those should be sent around six months prior to your wedding day.

Is there etiquette I need to follow?

Simply put, less is more. You want to include all the necessary information without the key details getting lost or misinterpreted. Whether you’re going traditional letterpress or unique and trendy, it’s best to stick to classic wedding invitation etiquette:

  • Bride and groom’s names 
  • Wedding date and time
  • Ceremony and reception location(s)
  • RSVP instructions
  • Any additional details like attire requests, registry information and website details

Choose a traditional template (like including the bride’s parents’ names as hosts), or take a modern approach (like a wedding website QR code), but always keep it simple. Any other fun plans and information can be included online or communicated upon arrival.

Are there traditions I can trade for trends?

In this digital age we’re all navigating, sometimes paper wedding invitations can feel a bit dated. But there are ways to dodge that stuffy feeling while still delivering on this timeless wedding tradition! The most important thing is to stick to your wedding theme, and to let your personality shine. Are you planning a traditional, elegant celebration? Stick with the classics in color and font. Are you adding some quirky personal touches to a tried and true wedding theme? Bring fun to florals with a more whimsical design. If flowers don’t fit your style, opt for some squiggles or sketched-quality line work. Whether you choose classic card stock or funky formats, just be sure to honor your guests with clear and concise information.

Can I use my engagement photos on my wedding invitations?

Can’t get enough of your engagement photos? There can definitely be a place for them on your wedding invitations. Just remember, less is more! The details of the day should shine the brightest, and be the easiest for your guests to find and reference. Look for a template that limits your design to one or two photos, and make sure the ones you choose have clean colors and plenty of negative space. 

Want to utilize those photos but stay with a more traditional invite? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Check out my top 10 ways to use your engagement photos (six of which incorporate those images right into your wedding day!).

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