Wedding Invites: Avoid These 3 Mistakes

With so much to do, to ensure that everything is just perfect on your wedding day, it can be surprisingly easy to make a mistake, or two, with your personalised wedding invites.

Your wedding invitations set the tone for the big day, and provide your guests with the important information that they need in order to be able to join in with the nuptials celebration. Making an avoidable wedding invite etiquette mistake could result in the spoiling of your plans to enjoy your dream wedding in the company of family and friends.

Our practical tips will help you avoid making the 3 most common wedding invite mistakes…

1. The Guest List

It’s perfectly normal to want to invite absolutely everyone that you know to join you in celebrating one of the happiest days of your life. However, couples planning to wed quickly discover that inviting everyone is not practical or affordable. Your VIP guest list should therefore comprise of your families and close friends, with additional or optional extras.

When compiling your guest list, and writing your stylish personalised wedding invites, it’s crucial that you get specific about who you are inviting.

Wedding invites traditionally don’t provide a lot of space to write a long list of names. You’ll only have a line or two to write the name of your guest/s. To avoid any potential awkward situations, it’s a good idea to write the names of everyone who’s invited on the wedding invitation envelope. This is especially helpful, if you’re hosting an adults-only wedding. Exclusions (such as no under-18s) should be clearly marked on the invitations.

To avoid confusion, when inviting friends who are single or with a new partner, be specific and clear about whether or not they can bring a plus one guest.

You also need to make sure that your wedding invite envelopes are correctly addressed. Write the invitee’s full name, and proper title – Mr, Mrs, Miss, etc. Also use their children’s, partner’s or plus one’s name (if you know it).

To ensure that your invites arrive at their intended destinations, pay careful attention to spellings of names, places and locations. Include the full postcode.

2. The Main Event

As a blissfully happy bride-to-be, you’ll naturally be excited to share your wonderful wedding news with family members, friends and acquaintances. Once you have chosen beautiful and luxury personalised wedding invites that perfectly complement your style, taste and personality, you need to consider the optimal time to write and send the invites to everyone on your VIP guest list.

An obvious mistake to make, when compiling your wedding invite suite, is to misjudge the time that you have to notify your guests of your wedding day. Sending out invites too early or too late could mean that some of your guests are unable to attend. Invitations that are sent too early could easily be overlooked or forgotten, as not everyone keeps a social calendar. It’s also not unheard of for some guests to inadvertently double-book themselves.

If you leave it too late to invite your VIPs, you may be disappointed to discover that they already have other engagement plans on the date of your wedding. Or some of your friends may not have enough time to make the necessary arrangements – travel and accommodation, time off work, childcare etc- so that they are able to attend.

Wedding etiquette suggests that invitations to the main event should ideally be sent between 3-4 months before your wedding date. This allows plenty of time for your guests to check if they’re free, to RSVP and to make their own arrangements.

3. The Details

For any guest to be able to attend your wedding, they will need to have access to the most important details. Your elegant wedding invites should therefore provide all the information that is required.

To avoid making the mistake of not providing sufficient information, or going into too much detail, it’s essential that you get the balance right. Featuring too much information can make your wedding invites look fussy and cluttered, and guests may find the details too complex or confusing. Not enough info is equally off-putting.

Your invitations should ideally include the following details:

• Who’s hosting the wedding
•. A direct ‘You are invited’ request
•. You and your spouse-to-be’s names
•. The wedding date and time
• The venue location (address with postcode)
• Reception venue information
• Dress code

If you do have any additional details, such as travel and accommodation recommendations, you can write separate wedding note cards and include them in the envelopes of your personalised wedding invites.

It’s also recommended that you include a separate RSVP card. The RSVP card notifies your guests that you require a response by a certain date. Not including one in your wedding invite suite is a mistake.

Many guests don’t feel the need to respond in good time when they receive an invitation in the post. Unless prompted by a RSVP card, some guests just never get around to letting you know that they intend to attend. You may find that you have to spend precious time chasing them up for a response, so that you can work out your wedding reception table plan.

Your RSVP should have a deadline of around 2 months before the wedding date. This will give you enough time to chase up any late responders.

About the Author: Elias R. Nichols