Weddings are such an exciting time for any bride and groom! There are tons of decisions to be made: theme, color scheme, floral arrangements, outfits, the list goes on and on. Your wedding stationery, including wedding invitations, will form part of these decisions.
Wedding invitations convey a substantial amount of information to your guests and give an indication of what to expect at the wedding, from the theme to the dress code to the ceremony. Ensure your wedding invitations are flawless by avoiding the following common mistakes.
Not sticking to your theme
A casual invitation does not make sense if you are having a traditional formal wedding. Similarly, a very formal invitation does not suit a laidback wedding. Your invitation should portray the theme or colors of your wedding. The style of your invitation will give your guests an idea of whether it is a relaxed event or a formal occasion.
Not sending invitations on time
The invitations should be sent six to eight weeks before the wedding. Invitations can be sent earlier if you did not send out a save the date to the guests. Usually, a save the date should be sent out at least six months to a year in advance of the wedding date.
Making too many invitations
Your guest list may be extensive but every person on the list does not require an individual invitation. Many people on the guest list will actually be couples who only require one invitation; families with young children will require a single invitation for the entire household.
Go through your guest list and determine how many invitations are required. You might only need half the number of invitations you originally estimated.
Making too few invitations
Be careful to not underestimate the amount of invitations. Those over 18 years old and singles living in the same household should receive their own invitations. A mistake might be made in addressing the invitation, which would require a replacement. You may decide to add a few more people to the guest list and then have to create additional invitations.
A great idea is to make a few extra invitations as keepsakes. You, your parents and grandparents may want to keep the invitations as a memory of the day.
Incorrect invitation wording
A spelling or grammar mistake is not something you want to see on your wedding invitation. Check the wording several times to ensure there are no mistakes. Have someone from your bridal party check the wording of the invitation and run it through a grammar app. Follow the style of editors and review the information by reading each word separately starting from the right and then moving to the left.
Choosing illegible designs
Fancy fonts and interesting colors may look pretty but this should not be at the cost of readability. Avoid choosing a font which is difficult to read or very small. Pastel colors on light-colored paper or dark colors on dark-colored paper will not be easy on the eye. Choose legible fonts and colors that contrast well and make reading a breeze.
Not stating invited guests clearly
The invitation, or envelope, should give a clear indication of who is invited to the wedding. Address the invitation to everyone invited in the household. Addressing the invitation with “and Guest” will also indicate that partners are welcome to attend the wedding.
Unclear RSVP information
The number of guests expected at the wedding needs to be confirmed at least four weeks in advance. The invitation should clearly state when you require the RSVP card to be returned.
Adding unnecessary information
Only include information that is suitable for your wedding. You do not need accommodation recommendations if all your guests live locally. Do include important information such as cash bar availability and if children are welcome.
Forgetting to include postage
Invitations can be slightly heavier leading to a higher postage charge. You do not want your invitations to be sent back due to insufficient postage being paid. Have your invitation weighed at the post office to ensure you cover the full cost of postage.
The postage amount for RSVP cards should be paid too and not at the expense of the guests. Place a return address sticker on the RSVP envelope or have the addresses written by a calligrapher for a personal touch.
Start planning your invitations as early as possible. This will leave you with enough time to ensure that each element is perfect and resembles your dream wedding day.