Let’s skip to the details about invitations!
Yes, they are a must, a paper invitation that is.
I don’t care what century we are in, an email invitation is cheap, you can’t always count it will be delivered and well….quite frankly it isn’t personably enough nor can it truly represent in texture or style what you are trying to communicate…that is unless you both are in the technology industry (and I would still recommend a paper invitation.)
So why paper?!
Yes, Invitations should communciate the following regarding your over all wedding or event.This is how you start to communicate to guests the style they can expect from your over-all wedding, the formality, the food, the design, in other words it’s a “nod” to your big day. For example: You shouldn’t send out Rustic, Shabby Chic Invitations if you are having a Wedding or Event in a Ballroom with Crystal ChandeliersStyle of your over-all Wedding
Adding inserts are always a good idea and can even be super fun, for example, “Our wedding will take place in an open field, please feel free to wear comfy shoes.”
- Dress Code – this can be written in the bottom right hand corner, like “black-tie”
- Location (Indoor/Outdoor)
- Activities in the Area
- Hotel Accomodations
- Wedding Website
- Food Selections, allergy indicator
- Rain Back up Plans
2. When should you mail out invitations? I recommend mailing out invitations 6-8 weeks, unless the majority of your guests are out of state AND OR if your wedding is on or near a holiday, then I recommend you mail them out 3-4 months in advance. With Destinations on the rise, making sure your guests get to stay in the hotel of their choice is important. Not only that, but your guests need to be able to submit leave time to for work, book airfares at a reasonable rate and it makes their life easier the sooner they know. A wedding website is a nice gesture too! You can have this launched before your invitations get sent out so your guests have an idea of the “where + when” as well.
3. Should you include your Wedding Registry on your Invitation?
NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Pretend I’m screaming this. This is super tacky and your basically saying, “Please buy me a gift.” Your gift alone is their support on your wedding day. Now, the appropriate way to handle this is, to Create a website ahead of time and include your registry.
4. RSVP Deadlines – I like to put this at 3-4 weeks, especially for our weddings in the South. Guests are so busy with everyday lives they forget. An easy way to keep your RSVP’s organized is to number each one of your guests you mail out on a typed up sheet, then right this same number you assigned them on the bottom right hand corner of the RSVP itself…that way if and when they mail it back if they forget to write their name, you will still know whose it is.
5. What about a Kid-free Wedding? I had one, so I know. It’s okay, and I encourage this. No I’m not anti-kids at all. I love my nephew (he was the only one allowed…LOL) but a bride and groom don’t want screaming babies or children running around all over the place. Plus, parents of kids…it’s okay for you to have an adult weekend get-away. Other options?!
- Offer to have a license babysitter at your wedding.
- If you don’t want kids to be invited leave off Mr. and Mrs. Jane Do “and kids”
Types of Stationary:
- Lasercut- This is a specialty paper with cut holes to create a certain design concept. It looks similar to lace and has become very popular.
- Printed-Just like you print a piece of paper from your computer, similar to this style but on thicker paper.
- Letterpress-This gives a very luxurious feel to the invitations, it is normally a thicker piece of card that has an patter pressed into it, giving it an engraved feel.
- Craft- Homemade crafted invitations. I don’t recommend these, due to all of the information, planning process and EBD own personal aesthetic.
If there are any other questions we can answer, let us know! We are here to make your process seamless and easy.
Photo: Beautiful Day Photography
Stationary Design: Foglio Press
Flowers: Gray Harper Events
Styling + Concept: Emily Burton Designs