Everything you need to know about wedding invitations. Part 3 – Getting ready to Order!

Congratulations! You have found the perfect invitation! Now all you need to do is order it. And you thought picking them out was hard! But not to worry we are here to help you every step of the way.

Your invitation is your guests’ first glimpse into your wedding style and theme. So along with listing the important things such as time of day, location, and who is getting married your invitation lets people know just how formal, or informal, you are planning your day to be.

Keep in mind that you should be ordering your invitations approximately 6-7 months prior to your wedding day and sending them out approximately 6-8 weeks BEFORE the RSVP date. However we do understand that sometimes time gets away from you and before you know it your wedding day is around the corner! Do not fret, you may still be able to order that perfect invitation but just get that process started sooner rather than later!

Just as there are many things to keep in mind as you are shopping for that perfect invitation there are just as many things to keep in mind as you are preparing to order your invitations. And to help with that we have prepared a list of helpful tips to keep in mind as you prepare to order your invitations.

  • Know your dates: It might sound silly but make sure you know the proper date of both your wedding AND your RSVP deadline. Make sure that you have contacted your caterer before ordering and checked when they need to have their final numbers by (typically MOST caterers need to know about 1-2 weeks prior to an event but there are some exceptions!). This will help you determine when to set your RSVP deadline for your guests. We recommend to give yourself at least an extra week more than what your caterer suggests so that you can chase down all of the people who have not responded by your RSVP deadline!
  • Know your spelling: Be sure to know the proper spellings and addresses for all locations (ie: Churches, Halls, and Residences etc.) that will be included on your invitation and also for all family members listed on the invitation. This includes knowing if they want formal names or informal names (ie: Katherine vs Kate).
  • Know your times: When is the wedding starting? When is dinner? Is there a cocktail hour that your guests should know about? Is there enough time in between the ceremony and dinner for photos? Do your guests need to travel between venues?
  • Know your wording: Take some time to sit down before ordering and think about how you want your invitations to be worded. Do you want any special poems or verses included? Who is issuing the invitations? Are you or your parents? Traditionally, whoever is hosting (paying for) the event is listed first on the invitation. So if your parents are helping you out be sure to think about including them on the invitation! We recommend typing up a draft of your invitation on the computer beforehand and bringing it with you when you order. Don’t worry about fancy fonts, Times New Roman or Arial 12 point font is all you need.
  • Know your numbers: Remember if you are inviting 100 people you likely do not need 100 invitations so be sure to count up your guest list beforehand because Mr. and Mrs. Smith only need one invitation! But, be prepared to order extra invitations just in case you have to add to the guest list or you make a mistake when assembling or addressing the envelopes. If you decide you need extra invitations AFTER you have already received your invitations chances are you will have to pay a higher price than you would have if you order the extra invitations at the time of ordering.

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Ordering invitations may seem like a daunting task. But not to worry our professional and friendly staff are more than willing to help you out every step of the way! From DIY invitations to speciality invitations we have you covered.

We have everything to make your wedding invitation dreams come true!  And if you happen to live in the London area stop by and take a look in person we will be more than happy to answer any of your invitation questions in person.

For more information on Invitation wording, and etiquette stay tuned!