Wedding venue and date booked? It's time to pick out your invitations! There is a lot to consider when making the decision about your wedding invitation suite, find out everything you need to know to get them ordered, sealed and delivered.
As with most planning, it is best if you keep to a detailed timeline! It is so important to have your final guest count 2 weeks before the big day, so you can finalize all of your arrangements with your wedding vendors.
Gone are the days where we consult Emily Post about etiquette. Modern brides and grooms approach the planning and style of their wedding by doing what feels right to them and speak to who they are as individuals and as a couple. When it comes to invitations though there are a few situations that you should rely on the proper wedding etiquette to address. Here are the top situations that our readers have talked to us about!
How do we let guests know our dress code?
Your invitation's style should indicate to your guests what type of affair you are planning to have. For formal think calligraphy, letterpress and for causal style use playful colors and fonts. But since not everyone will pick up on these cues, you can also include your dress code in the lower right-hand corner of the invite.
Do we have to invite every guest with a date or a “plus-one?"
Wouldn't it be great if you could invite everyone you know and everyone they know to your wedding? Quite the party! But unfortunately (or maybe not!) most brides and grooms can't afford so large a wedding. If your guest isn't married or in a serious relationship, it's perfectly acceptable to invite them solo. You will indicate this to your guest by either addressing their invitation "and Guest" or listing out both guests' names on the envelope. There may be a guest or two that either respond with a plus one or call and ask if they can bring a guest, this does happen. Just explain to your guest that you don't have a spot available and that you are trying to keep the wedding intimate.
Can we include our registry info on our invitations or save-the-dates?
It is considered impolite to include registry information on your save the dates and/or wedding invitations. We suggest that you include information like this on your wedding website. If you decide not to have a website, just let your close friends and family know and they will be able to let any guests know.
When your guests open up their mailbox and find your invitation, it's their first glimpse into your wedding style!
So before you start invitation shopping, be sure you have a good idea what type of event you plan on throwing! Are you going classic, elegant, glam, modern or rustic? Pick a invitation style that speaks to your theme.
Also be sure to have your color palette finalized! The style of your wedding invitations goes beyond just the invitation itself. You can include paper elements from the suite into your overall day's design. Think table numbers, signature drink signs etc.