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A wedding invite is the first piece of correspondence that your guests will receive and as a result, it must make a great first impression. The invitation sets the scene for the big day and sets a guest’s expectations by giving them all of the information needed to attend the event. From dress codes to response cards, here is your step-by-step guide to getting your invites right.

The Anatomy of a Wedding Invite

A wedding invitation is made from a number of different elements including the invite itself, a map with directions to the venue, accommodation details and a response card with an attached stamp. This makes it easier to get RSVPs back on time. Alternatively, you can simply include an email address for guests to send their RSVP. Maps are ideal for out of town guests but if all of your guests are local, a simple address will suffice. Place the different cards and letters in the envelope starting with the biggest and ending with the smallest.

Dramatic or Demure Design

When it comes to the design of your wedding invitations, the options are endless. So where do you begin? First, contemplate the style of wedding you have chosen. For example, if you have picked a rustic style venue, you will want to consider understated designs crafted from burlap and lace but if you are getting married in a modern venue, perhaps an elegant invitation in cream or ivory would be better suited.
If you have a particular colour theme in mind, you can incorporate it into the design in the form of a ribbon or a bow. Is your wedding going to be especially glamorous? Why not add a sprinkling of crystals. Once you have chosen the invite design, make sure the response cards and the accommodation cards have a cohesive look.

All in the Details

You have decided on a design and have an idea of all of the separate parts that must be included and now it’s time to turn your attention to the finer details. This includes the details of the ceremony and reception location including dates and times. The invitation is a great place to note down details about the dress code if you have one as well as information about your gift list. Now that you have mastered the wording on the inside of the invitations, don’t forget about the exterior wording.
Having your invitations professionally printed will give them a professional look so it makes sense to make just as much effort when addressing your envelopes. Get a professional to address the envelopes for you or ask a relative or friend with impeccable calligraphy skills. Check your invites thoroughly before you print them.

Timing is Everything

Your invitations are complete and the only thing left to do is send them all out to your guests. So when is the best time to post them? It is wise to send out your invitations anywhere between 4-6 weeks before the wedding this way you can ensure that all of the RSVPs will have returned and guests have enough time to plan their journey.

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