time to send out your wedding is six to eight weeks before your wedding day.
This gives your guests time to make their own arrangements for the day such as
booking time off work, organising childcare and getting an outfit. If youre
having a destination wedding, the invites should be sent about three months
beforehand. This will give your guests time to make travel arrangements and an
opportunity to keep money aside for a few days abroad that they may not have
been planning initially.
One of the
benefits of sending out your invitations is getting the exact number of guests
that will be arriving on the day. Set the RSVP deadline date for two to three
weeks before the wedding. This will give your guests enough time to get back to
you and will give you plenty of time to give a specific number to your venue or
caterer and will finalise your seating chart. If you havent received an RSVP by
the deadline from someone you know will be coming. Don’t be afraid to give them
a call to confirm.
If you are
not having children at your wedding, its important to write the specific names
of the adults that youre inviting on the invitation. This should send the
message to your guests that its an adult only wedding. If they RSVP with their
childrens names, politely give them a call and explain that its an adult only
wedding and you hope they can still make it. If you are inviting children, it
might be a nice touch to organise a babysitter or you can use the services of
Last Minute Minders (www.lastminuteminders.com) at the hotel or venue for families
who are bringing their children. Babysitting services are commonly available
during weddings through the hotel to give your guests a relaxed night without
worrying about the kids.
are the first thing your guests will see from your wedding so make sure their
design ties in with the colour scheme and theme of your wedding day. A clean
cut black and white invite sends out a formal vibe, while rustic or pastel
shades will give the idea of a relaxed style. If you have a certain dress code
its important to include that on the invite.
The age old
question of giving a plus one to someone who is newly in a relationship or
casually dating. Its not obligatory to give every single guest a plus one on
their invite and its entirely up to you who you want to invite. Of course its
great to see all your friends and family bringing a date but if youre having an
intimate wedding and want to keep the numbers down, if a solo guest RSVPS with
an extra guest in tow, give them a call and explain that it’s a small wedding
party and you wont be able to accommodate their date. They will understand and
accept that you didn’t give them a plus one in the first place for a reason.
surprised at the amount of wedding invitations that are sent out and are
missing crucial details of the day. Ensure that your names (yes really), the
date time, venue and dress code and any other important information such as
dietary conditions are clearly set out in the invitation. This way you wont
have people calling every minute asking where youre tying the knot!