Wedding Invitation Mistakes To Avoid

Invitations are a necessary evil…

We know wedding invites can be a pain. From picking your designs to including all the necessary details, any couple is bound to make a couple mistakes! Avoid the mishaps by avoiding these invitation blunders…

 

Putting an earlier start time on the invite…

Guests should know to show up earlier than the ceremony time on the invitations (it’s only common sense!). So, indicating a start time on your invitation that is earlier than what you’ve actually scheduled for could leave guest waiting around for an extra period of time. No one wants grumpy guests, so just state the time that you’ve planned for. Expect guest to arrive about 30 minutes beforehand and try your best to make your grand entrance no later than 15 minutes after the scheduled start time.

Leaving out crucial details…

Don’t leave your friends and family guessing, or worst, bombarding you with calls or emails asking questions while you’re trying to sort out last minute details! So, make sure you relay all the information guests will need to know about the big day. From times, locations, desired attire, including any details for pre and post-wedding events and hotel information.

Sending invitations out too late…

You may have been busy planning the wedding, but it would be a shame if no one could make it! Be sure to give yourself and your guest’s plenty of time to plan for your special day. The rule of thumb is to send out your invites about 8 weeks in advance. This will give them plenty of time to plan and send in their RSVPs.

Forgetting RSVP instructions…

Make life easier for your invitees by including an addressed and stamped envelope to send back the RSVPs. Yes, you’ll have to buy a loaddd of stamps but in the long run, it will be better than chasing guests for their reply cards. Don’t forget to include a reply by date to indicate when you will need to have final numbers.

Not clarifying who is invited…

The names on the front of the envelope are more important than you think! For example, if you’re inviting a family feel free to put “The Murphys,” but if you’re only inviting the parents, be sure to put “Mr & Mrs Murphy.” If you’re inviting one person and they will have a specific plus one, both names should be indicated. If they are allowed any plus one, it should say their name “and Guest.”

 

 

Feature Image: Asya Photography via Style Me Pretty

Ally Vogl

Ally is the Content and Social Media Exec here at WeddingDates HQ. Beyond being obsessed with all things weddings, she loves a good cup of coffee and splurging on beauty products.

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