Wedding Invitation Practicalities
Stationery orders should include plenty of spare wedding invitations to allow for mistakes when writing on them, and enough to send out a second batch once refusals have come in - reprints will be extremely expensive.
Invitation Etiquette: Who Should Receive a Wedding Invite?
- All guests who are invited to the entire wedding day.
- Guests who are invited to the reception only, but an explanatory insert should be included in the envelope.
- The best man, bridesmaids and ushers.
- The couple's parents, except where any parent is doing the inviting.
- It is good etiquette to send an invite to the person conducting the wedding ceremony if he/she is to attend the reception.
Ordering Wedding Invitations
- It is generally estimated that around 20 per cent of invitations are refused, but this cannot be relied upon in the planning stages.
- Beware of over-ordering: a common mistake is to order an invitation for each guest, forgetting that many recipients will be couples.
- Once all the details have been finalised, a proof will be sent for approval. It should be checked extremely carefully, particularly any dates and the spellings of names.
- At least four weeks should be allowed from the time the order is made to receiving the printed stationery.
- Allow more time if the stationery is to be printed in spring, ahead of the busy summer months.
- A calligrapher can be hired to address the invitations and envelopes.
- Any matching stationery required - for example thank you cards or matching headed paper for thank you letters - should be ordered at the same time as the invitations.