Wedding invitations supply guests with important information. Many brides-to-be put their invitations on top of their priority list when planning a wedding and it’s easy to see why. Your wedding invitations would give your guests the first impression. Invitations also give away a glimpse of what the upcoming wedding is going to be like. Would it be a beach or garden wedding? Would it be a casual brunch or formal dinner? Regardless of the wedding venue or theme, there are several customs to be followed in preparing and sending invitations.

Firstly, invites need to be visually pleasant and informative. There are tons of lovely cards both online and offline. It would surely be easy to find an invitation that has the ‘wow’ factor. But before thinking about the design, there are a few things you need to consider when preparing wedding cards. There are steps to follow too when it’s time to mail out the invites.

Decide on the Guest List

The first step is to finalize your guest list. This is often the most stressful part in wedding planning. You need to sit down with your fiancĂ© and jot down the names of all the people you want to invite. Whatever the final guest count is, get at least 10 extra cards. In case you need to resend an invitation or forgot to invite someone, these will come in handy. Most companies require a minimum number of invitations which can be costly and time consuming if you’re after just 5 extras.

Get the info right

Information included in the invitation should be informative but not wordy. Therefore, you need to think carefully about the bits of information you wish to include in it. If the wedding is at 6 o’clock in the evening, there is no need to mention attire (dinner parties are usually formal) unless you are planning a themed wedding like a luau party. In such cases, guests appreciate invitations mentioning the attire as it eliminates worries about what the guests should wear.

Date and time are also essential information you should not miss. You can include a map if you are expecting guests from another town or if the venue is hard to find. Don’t be afraid to include a short verse or poem. A creative or even funny line can be a great way to set the tone and give guests the clue whether the party will be elegant or more casual.

Mail invitations out

So, when’s the best time to mail invitations out? According to etiquette, wedding invitations should be sent out 6 to 8 weeks before the big day. If you are planning a destination wedding, be sure to send your invitations earlier. It’s a great idea to send out a Save the Date card three months in advance. That should give your guests enough time to make travel arrangements.

Once the RSVPs are in, you’ll find that it’s easier to prepare for the rest of the details. You can now start contemplating on the menu and seating arrangement. Creating a strong first impression through the wedding card not only includes design. Content and arrival are important considerations as well.