How to Avoid Invitation Mistakes Part 4

  • Make sure you order enough wedding invitations. It is recommended that you order at least 25 more invitations than you think you will need. You never know when additional guests are going to be added to your guest list, so it is important to have a buffer in case your list increases. And do not forget to order extra envelopes. Whether you hire a calligrapher to address the invitations, or you and your wedding party are doing the addressing, you will want to have extra envelopes in case of mistakes. If you order extra invitations and envelopes up front, you will avoid having to go back to order again and paying a big price.
  • Do not wait until the last minute to order your invitations. You should order your invitations four to six months before the wedding. This will allow you plenty of time to get the invitations addressed, sent out, and give your guests time to make plans to attend the wedding. If you send out your invitations too close to the wedding date, your guests may already have plans or may have difficulty making travel and accommodation arrangements.
  • When it comes time to address the envelopes, make sure you have spelled your guest’s name right, use their correct title (Mr., Miss, Doctor, Judge, etc.) and their address is correct. If you are not sure of their information, give them a call. They will appreciate you having enough respect for them to get the information right.
  • Avoid putting "and Guest" on the envelope when the recipient is in a long-term relationship or engaged. Again, do your homework and find out this information. You can call the guest directly and ask for their significant other’s name or ask a friend or relative. It is a courteous act and good invitation etiquette.
  • When it is time to mail your wedding invitations, make sure you have them weighed at the post office to ensure you have the correct postage. Wedding invitations are normally heavier than the average letter or card, so expect to pay more for postage. To prevent your invitations from arriving with postage due or being returned for insufficient postage, put together a complete invitation and take it to the post office to be weighed. Also, don’t forget to put a stamp on the respond card envelopes. Your guests should not have to pay to respond to your wedding.

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