It’s always a good idea to make a list of everything you’ll need to print for your wedding before ordering your stationery. This will assist you and your soon-to-be spouse in staying on budget and determining which items are important (such as wedding invitations) and which you consider optional.
Invitation to an Engagement Party Before the Wedding
Invites should be issued two to three months in advance for a formal engagement party, and six to eight weeks for a more casual occasion. They should contain the place, date, and time, as well as any dress code requirements.
Save-the-Date Card Save-the-dates for destination weddings can be sent up to a year in advance. “This will result in a greater acceptance rate, plus it’s a courtesy that helps your guests to plan and arrange their journey ahead of time.”
Invitation to the Bridal Shower
The wedding shower is traditionally hosted by the bridal party, hence invites should be sent by members of the bridal party. The invitation should specify the place, time, date, and whether or not there is a theme, and should be sent out two to three months in advance. It’s also useful to know where the couple is registered.
Thank-You Cards for Bridal Showers
Cohen recommends writing thank-you notes as soon as possible and delivering them two weeks after getting the gift. “Ask a bridesmaid to take notes as you open your gifts so your thank-you notes don’t end up being a generic ‘Thank you for the gift,'” Cohen advises. Always remember that a handwritten note is more meaningful and appreciated than an email.
Invitation to a Bachelor/Bachelorette Party/Weekend
You can coordinate things via email and text message if it’s a smallish gathering. Invitations should be sent out two to three months in advance if there will be a larger group. “Make sure you includW all of the facts, as well as what the attendees should expect,” Cohen advises.
Invitation to a Rehearsal Dinner
It’s possible that the family hosting the rehearsal dinner will take care of the invitations themselves. Otherwise, the couple might select invitations that match the main wedding invitation suite and be included in it. It should include the name of the hosting family, location information, and RSVP cards or an RSVP line in this case.
Invitation to a Welcome Dinner
“You can produce a second invitation card for this event if it’s a more formal affair that someone else is organizing,” Cohen recommends. It can also be included on the “weekend events” card and sent out with the invitation suite. Make sure to thank the host and indicate any dress code requirements.
Outer Envelope for Wedding Invitations
If you’re aiming for a classic invitation suite, an inside and outer envelope should always be included. On the front, the recipient’s address should be included, as well as postage stamps in the upper right-hand corner. “Be cautious to double-check postage amounts before mailing them,” Cohen advises, “and request hand-canceling at the post office.
Inner Envelope on the Inside
The title and last name of the invitees should be included on the inner envelope. “While the inner envelope is not mandatory for less traditional suites, you may want to consider it if you want your guests to receive a pristine envelope (expect wear and tear to the outer envelope) or if you have a special envelope liner. The envelope liner would then go on the inner unsealed envelope, so that your guests don’t tear it open and ruin the liner before they even see it.
This is a decorative element that can be fashioned out of paper, vellum, fabric, or ribbon. It encircles the invitation suite, tyin/holding everything together.
The invitation card should be the largest and most significant card in the invitation suite. Your invitatin should contain the person(s) hosting the wedding, the persons getting married, the date, the time, the name of the venue, and the city and state. “If your reception is at the same location as your wedding, mention something like ‘dinner and dancing to follow,’ as well as the attire.
If the reception will be held at a separate location than the ceremony, a reception card should be included in the invitation. It should mention the venue’s name and address, as well as the time if it is not directly following the ceremony.
Modern wedding websites (along with Google Maps) have largely supplanted directions and map cards, according to Cohen. However, they haven’t become completely useless and can still be a fun and useful addition to an event, especially if it’s held at a difficult-to-find location.
Self-Addressed and Response Card Envelope with a Stamp
A statement with a “respond by” date at the top or bottom of the card, as well as checkboxes for “accepts with pleasure” and “declines with regret,” should be included on each response card. Traditional reply cards leave the rest of the card blank, however modern ones include a fill-in-the-blank space for visitors to write their names. While collecting RSVPs online is becoming more popular, Cohen recommends still sending a response card instructing guests to RSVP online.
“RSVP stands for’repondez s’il vous plaît,’ which translates to ‘please respond,'” says the website. Cohen explains. “If you’re using the word ‘RSVP’ on your reply card, it shouldn’t be followed by the word please.”
“If you don’t have a wedding website and people will be traveling to your wedding,” Cohen suggests, “you should provide an accommodations card with recommended hotels in the neighborhood.” Include all pertinent booking information and codes.
Tags for the Wedding Welcome Basket
Bag of greetings
It’s wonderful to include a welcome basket with an optional accompanying tag for out-of-town guests. The contents of the basket, as well as a thank-you remark, can be included on the tag. It can also simply say “welcome!”
Program of the Ceremony
These are not required, especially if the ceremony is short. If you choose to make one, it should include the names of the couple, the date of the wedding, the location of the ceremony, a brief welcome, a summary of the events, and the names of everyone participated in the ceremony.
Cards for Escorts
Guests are directed to their allotted tables using escort cards. At the reception, individual cards or a sign displaying the names of attendees and their assigned tables are frequently placed.
Cards for Seating
Place cards are more formal than escort cards, hence they are not required. They indicate which table a guest will be seated at as well as the seat. They’re commonly utilized at sit-down dinner receptions to help the venue figure out which guests will be served which dish.
Cards with Table Numbers
This is crucial to remember, especially if you’re planning a large wedding. It assists attendees in locating their seats as well as providing some organization. Make sure the numbers on the cards are large enough for everyone to read.
Cards for Menus
The meal’s menu cards provide an idea of what will be served. Some will offer a menu of alternatives (entree, sides, and dessert), while others (buffet or family-style) will just serve the food on hand.
Tags for Favors
Honey favors with a personalized tag
The names of the couple and/or the wedding day are frequently included. It’s not necessary to include a tag (a lot of information is already engraved on the present itself), but it’s a great touch.
Thank-You Notes Following the Wedding
Thank-you cards should often include the gift giver’s name, what they purchased, and a word of gratitude. Within three weeks of receiving the gift, they should be mailed out. You can send out your thank-you cards a bit later if you wish to put images from your wedding on or within them.