From your wedding invitation wording to your choice of paper and envelopes, there is a lot to think about when it comes to choosing and ordering your wedding invitations! With so many options out there it is difficult to know where to start and so easy to get caught up in the aesthetics of your invites, that you may forget to include important information or might even let some sneaky typos slip onto your invitations. Check out our top tips to make sure that you avoid these 10 wedding invitation mistakes.
1) Leaving your wedding invitations to the last minute
It is never too early to send your wedding invitations, but we would recommend sending them out up to four months before your big day. You may wish to send your wedding invites out even earlier if you are hosting a destination wedding so that your guests have the time to organise their transport and accommodation. Last minute invites will result in key friends or family members being unable to join you on your big day and will leave you unable to provide your suppliers with your finalised headcount or guest list on time.
Ordering your wedding invitations well in advance can help cut down on postage costs too!
2) Omitting key details
Whilst perfecting your wedding invitation wording can be difficult seeing as you will want it to reflect the style of your big day, there are basic details that you will need to include no matter what! Make sure you do not miss out any of the following pieces of vital information:
- Names of the guests invited
- Date and time of your ceremony and reception
- Names of your wedding venues
- RSVP deadline
- RSVP contact details
3) Failing to add an RSVP date
Your RSVP date is a vital date in the wedding planning process. Give your guests around 3-4 weeks to reply to your invitations, setting your RSVP deadline a few weeks before you need to provide suppliers with the final headcount so that you can chase any unanswered invitations.
4) Not specifying names on your wedding invitations
If you want to avoid the awkward phone calls about whether someone’s partner or children are invited, it is as simple as adding the names of your guests to their wedding invitations. This adds a more personal touch to your invitations and makes it clear from the offset who is and isn’t invited to join you.
5) Not ordering enough invitations and envelopes
Often the more wedding invitations you purchase at once, the cheaper each invite is. This means that if you find yourself short of a few invitations for any late additions or if you make a mistake writing out someone’s name, you can find yourself paying above the odds for a small number of additional invites. It is, therefore, best to order a few extra invitations from the start to make sure that you cover all eventualities and that you also have one spare to keep in your wedding scrapbook after the big day! It is also a good idea to ask for some extra envelopes, just in case you end up writing an address out incorrectly, (we’ve all been there).
Some brides and grooms-to-be can end up ordering too many invitations, as it is easy to forget that you just need one invitation per household rather than one per person so bear this in mind when calculating how many you will need!
It is worth triple checking your invitations for typos as there will be nothing worse than having to pay for a new batch of invitations when you realise that one of your names is spelt wrong or that you have included the wrong postcode for the venue address. Check over your invitations, even reading them aloud to make sure that you do not accidentally pass over a mistake.
Luckily for you, professional proofreaders at Atelier Rosemood will also check over your invitations before they are printed to make sure that there are no sneaky spelling mistakes, allowing you to place your order with peace of mind.
7) Not bearing your budget in mind
Every penny is precious when it comes to your wedding budget and the cost of wedding stationery can add up quick, so bear your budget in mind when choosing your invitations. If your budget won't stretch to matching RSVP cards, include your contact details on your invites so that people can email or phone you easily. You can also add the finer details of your big day to a wedding website instead of ordering additional wedding invitations inserts.
8) Forgetting to stamp the RSVP envelope
If you are including separate RSVP cards for your guests, you should pre-address and stamp these to make sure it as easy as possible for your guests to pop them straight back in the post. If you want the excitement of seeing these cards fall back into your letterbox, factor these extra stamps into your budget!
9) Trying to squeeze too much information on your invitations
We imagine that you will have spent hours narrowing down the choice of wedding invitations to find the perfect design, so do not run the risk of detracting from the stunning design you have chosen by cramming your invitations with every last detail of your big day. Take the time to think about the vital information that your guests will need, and if you still think that it is best to provide a detailed list of accommodation options and taxi companies then see if you can factor wedding invitation inserts into your budget.
10) Not sending all your invites out at the same time
Whilst it can be tempting to send out wedding invitations as you go if you have been addressing them in manageable piles, it is best to wait until they are all ready before sending them out. This will help avoid any family fallouts as you do not want your Auntie Margaret telling your Auntie Betty that she has been invited when Betty’s invitation is not yet in the post!
We hope that these top 10 wedding invitation mistakes to avoid have not made ordering your invites seem like a scary concept. Whilst there is a lot to consider, choosing and ordering your wedding invitations is a lot of fun and nothing makes the wedding seem more real than popping your invites in the post!
Remember that a great way to make sure that you don’t fall into the trap of any of these wedding invitation mistakes is to order samples! This will give you the chance to see your wording in print, giving you an extra chance to double check that you have added all the necessary information before committing to a full order!