Sending out wedding invitations is but one of the many tasks that make up the preparation process for any wedding. Your wedding invitation is the first glimpse that your guests will have of your ceremony so you have to make it as perfect as possible. When creating your wedding invitations, there are several things to keep in mind, such as the following:
1. Details of the wedding reception.
Include wedding reception details in your invitation. Letting your guests know the time and place, as well as giving them a small sketch of how to get there will be extremely helpful.
2. Invitation cards.
For very formal wedding ceremonies, it would be nice if you send separate invitation cards for the ceremony itself and for the reception. However, this is not a requirement especially if you and your partner have a limited budget.
3. Names of the guests.
Personally check the names of the guests as they are written on the invitations and make sure that they are all written correctly. Spelling and typographical errors are an absolute no-no when it comes to wedding invitations, and any other invitation for that matter.
4. Addressing your guests.
For informal weddings, you can address your guests by their first names or nicknames, together with the family name. For more formal ceremonies, it is recommended to use the complete name of the guest, together with the appropriate title.
5. Sending out the invitations.
Mail your wedding invitations at least a month before the date of the wedding. If the postal service is slow in your area, you should do this even earlier. This will give your guests enough time to clear their schedule, plan what they are going to wear, and shop for a wedding gift. Better yet, have your invitations hand-delivered. This will not only ensure that the envelope reaches the recipient but it will also give a more formal aura to your ceremony.
6. Inviting family members.
As much as possible, try to send the equal number of invitations to the families of the groom and the bride. There’s no sense in making people feel like they were forgotten. If you have a limited budget, it would be better to send out invitations only to immediate family and your closest friends. Your other friends will surely understand.
7. Dress code.
Make sure that you indicate the dress code in the wedding invitation. This doesn’t guarantee that your guests will follow the dress code but you should still let them know what you want them to wear.
These days, very few people RSVP to wedding invitations. To show that you really need their confirmation, include a small reply envelope in your invitation. You can also put several contact numbers and an email address so they won’t have the excuse of not being able to contact the number that you gave them.
9. Writing style.
Finally, a wedding invitation should always be constructed in a formal manner, even if you are planning to have an informal ceremony. Formal writing denotes the solemnity of the event as well as the respect that you have for all your guests. Unless you are having an extremely unorthodox wedding, it is very important to use formal wording in a wedding invitation, along with a formal style of writing.