If you’re getting married, you may need some guidance writing your wedding cards. No one is born knowing how to craft an appropriate message, or when to send your invitations out.
Thankfully, once you know what to do, the process isn’t too difficult – it can even be enjoyable! Here are our 7 tips for creating awesome wedding cards:
1. Write up a guest list
This is a helpful first step as it allows you to figure out how many invitations you need to create (although it is recommended to print a few extras in case you forgot someone or accidentally spill ink on one of the invites). Include all family members and their children (if you’re inviting kids) and your friends. It’s fine to just send out one invitation per household, but having a complete guest list is always advised as it helps you to plan the overall ceremony.
2. Choose the right style
It’s a good idea to have the style of your wedding cards match the overall theme of the ceremony. That is, formal occasions should be matched with formal invitations – think calligraphy or engravings on parchment. More casual affairs such as beach ceremonies will suit a more relaxed style. This will help your guests get a sense of what kind of event to expect.
3. Include the right information
What you write in your wedding cards is arguably the most important part as it communicates vital information to your guests – you don’t want to give them the wrong impression or details! In order (generally) you should outline: who is hosting, the request, the names of the couple getting married, the time and date, reception details, dress code and a separate RSVP invitation. As long as you’ve included this information, feel free to get as creative with your wording as you want.
4. Address them properly
Most wedding cards are sent out with two envelopes. The outside envelope should include your return address and the family name of whom you’re sending it to. The inside envelope should be slightly smaller and include the individual names of each person invited. If kids are invited, simply add “and family” onto the invitation. If not, only list the names of each adult invited – this should make it clear that children aren’t invited.
5. Make RSVP’ing easy
Adding stamps to your RSVP wedding cards is a great way to encourage your guests to respond. All your guests are required to then do is simply write who is attending on the invitation and post it back to you, free of charge to them. If you don’t get a response, give them a call to ask if they’re attending.
6. What not to include
It is advised not to include your registry details on the invitations as this can appear slightly rude and impolite. Instead, let your close family know and they can share this information with guests if asked.
7. When to send them
It’s best to send out your invitations 6-8 weeks before the big day so that your guests have time to prepare and mark their calendars to get time off work (or put off booking a holiday!). However, if you’re holding a destination event it’s advised to send them out earlier, around 2-3 months before the ceremony.
Wedding cards are one of the most important components of planning your big day. They create a lasting first impression and help ensure that your guests know when and where to arrive. Make sure you do them right by planning (and printing) them well in advance.