The Ring: Check, The Number of Guests: Check, The Venue: Check, The Date: Check

Now you can start on your wedding invitations! Your invitations are the most crucial part of your wedding day. They provide all the important details about your big day! Here are some tips about some what to do’s and not to do’s for the invites.

First things first you want your invitations to be sent out six to eight weeks before the wedding. You have to give your guests plenty of time to book travel plans especially if there are out of town guests. If it’s a destination wedding make sure to give more time like 3 months or more ahead of time. Save the dates can really come in handy to give more warning for guests the date of the wedding!

In the case of your RSVP’s you want to make sure you have enough time to tell your caterer your head count and to finalize the wedding seating chart. Typically anywhere from 3-5 weeks is preferable. If you are worried about the count you can always call or email your guests to get the final answers.

When announcing your wedding date it should be written out in full. Do not use abbreviations and numbers. You want the date to be clear to your guest, so there is no confusion just write it out...December 31, 2013. Even having a hang tag (pictured below) is an additional way to display the date.

If you have a specific dress code simply state “black tie,” “cocktail attire” or “casual attire” on your reception card not on your main invitation. That is why it’s good to have an additional card in this situation.

For an Adults Only Wedding, Don't state ADULTS ONLY on your invitations! Address your invitations to each guest by name, do not include “and guest.” If you receive a response back that includes your guest's child, then a simple phone call will be needed to clarify that your wedding is “adults only.” Don't state ADULTS ONLY on your wedding invitations!

This may come as a surprise to some brides, but do not put a registry on your wedding invitation. It seems tacky to be expecting gifts, even though you should be expecting them. For guests that are close family and friends you can inform them of a registry another time. Here is an example of what not to do: 

Even I stumble sometimes when my brides ask me a question about their wording for their wedding invitations. I have come to find that is very helpful with wording!

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