Wedding invitations

Wedding invitation etiquette

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

So, you’ve finally popped the question, and you’re starting to plan your special day. It’s an exciting time as you begin to start the new chapter of your life. However, all the things you have to think about can get a little overwhelming, so much so that mistakes can be made.

Let’s scale things down. One of the first things you’re going to do is send out invitations, and it’s important to get these right because they’re the first impression many of your family and friends are going to have of your big day.

So you get things right the first time, here are 8 of the most common etiquette mistakes made in wedding invitations, all so you can avoid them!

Avoid Wedding Invitation Mistakes

Send invitations on time

#1 – Sending the Invites in Good Time

The absolute latest you should be sending for a wedding is eight weeks. Any later, or closer to the date, than this and this, can cause serious problems with people not being able to get the time off work or being able to get everything they need.

This is even more important if you’re having the wedding away from home, or in another country, and you need to make sure there’s enough time to get everything prepared. Be timely.

#2 – Keeping Things Nice and Visual

It’s easy to go overboard with the color palette of your wedding invitation while trying to make it stand out and eye-catching. However, it’s always best from an aesthetic standpoint to keep things nice and neutral and balance your nice bright colors with more neutral colors to keep things balanced and looking great!

#3 – Not Getting the Start Time Right

“It can be really tempting to put an earlier start time on your wedding invitation because you want people to get there early and on time, but people know to get there early, and you putting an earlier time will mean everyone is waiting around a lot longer than needed, and this can cause people to get irritated!” shares Mark Harris, an event manager for Ox Essays and State of Writing.

Buy the proper postage

#4 – Buying Postage without Weighing the Invitation

For most weddings, this won’t be a problem, but sending off a lot of invitations can be expensive, especially if you don’t get it right the first time. It’s so important to make sure you’re weighing your invitation sample, especially if it’s made from card or comes with extras before you pay for postage.

If you get it wrong, you’ll need to pay for postage all over again, and this can be a costly mistake that could have been spent on other things.

#5 – Not Checking for Typos

This is a point that should go without saying, but we still see so many wedding invitations being sent with typos and mistakes, and this just ruins the overall feel of the invitation. Even if you’re not a professional writer, here are some online tools to help you get it right.

My Writing Way /  Academadvisor – Use these tools to check and correct the grammar used in your wedding invitations.

Boom Essays – use this website to edit and perfect the written content of your wedding invitation, as mentioned by Revieweal.

Studydemic – Use this website for copywriting tips to help you plan and write out the content of your wedding invitation.

Essay Roo / UK Writings – These are two online proofreading tools to help you spot and correct any mistakes or typos in your content.

Via Writing – As mentioned by UK Top Writers, use this tool to generate captivating headers and titles for your invitations.

Academized / Paper Fellows – These are two online formatting tools to help you structure and layout your wedding invitation content.

#6 – Include Pre-Paid RSVPs

It’s considered rude for people to pay for their own RVSP to your wedding, so make sure you’re including a stamped and addressed envelope so they can simply reply and pop it in the mail without having to think about it too much.

Of course, this doesn’t matter so much if people are replying by hand!

#7 – Not Writing the Exact People

When inviting someone, it’s very easy to slip up by writing; we cordially invite the ‘Johnson Family’ to our special day or something along those lines. However, this is a huge risk because who you consider being the Johnson family might not be who they think is the Johnson family, and may have just invited dozens of people without even realizing.

For this reason, it’s vital to make sure you’re inviting exactly who you want to invite, and you’re specific with your invites, so there’s no room for miscommunication.

Include all the details

#8 – Include All Essential Details!

There’s nothing worse than sending out an invitation that hasn’t got all the information you need it to have on there. From dates, times and addresses, to dress codes and special wishes, make sure you’re sending out invitations with everything, so you don’t need to send out two or make calls to everyone!

Conclusion

As you can see, there are lots of common mistakes that people make when it comes to their wedding invitations, which is why it’s so important you’re aware of them and can avoid yourself! Enjoy your big day!

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Bio: Freddie Tubbs is a lifestyle and relationships blogger at Big Assignments and Australian help blogs. He regularly attends psychology and blogging events and contributes post to online magazines and blogs, such as Elite Assignment Help.

 

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This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime….

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There is no lack of unique ideas when it comes to all things wedding. From unique engagement stories to eclectic reception décor and everything in between! But what’s the ultimate unique wedding idea? Planning a festive midweek wedding! Because why not?! The idea may seem a bit inconvenient and definitely out of the ordinary, but there are actually a lot of perks to planning a midweek wedding.

So, what are the pros and cons to planning a midweek wedding? Let’s see.

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The Pros

None of your guests will miss the wedding because of another wedding.

Especially during the spring and summer wedding season Fridays and Saturdays are booked solid with brides making their walk down the aisle which means even more folks have rsvp’d and already have plans to attend another wedding. When your wedding is on a less popular day that means most of your guests will definitely show!

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Discounts and lower rates will almost always be offered through most of your wedding vendors.

A midweek wedding means extremely discounted rates for venues, caterers, photographers, and other various vendors. We all know that weddings can be extremely pricey so any break in rates is definitely a wedding win!

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There is much less pressure to throw an extravagant wedding and the alternative is amazing.

Yes, when guests receive their modern wedding invites they might initially think, Wednesday? But that aside, the pressure of throwing an extravagant wedding is much less as a midweek wedding screams laidback and casual. So, that gives you the opportunity to take advantage of that and throw a low-key down to earth wedding. That can mean less stress, less cost, and less to do. Leaving more room for celebration of love. Or you can surprise your guests with the most fancy wedding Wednesday they’ve ever seen!

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It will be a day you and your guests will never forget.

No matter what day you get married, you and your guests will always cherish those memories, but even more so with a midweek wedding that will forever stand out.

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The Cons

A smaller turnout is likely in store.

This may not be a con for every bride, but a midweek wedding will mean fewer guests. Out of town guests can almost immediately be counted out and anyone with an extra busy week might not be able to follow through with their intended rsvp. Fewer guests does mean less money and more time with each attendee. So, there’s even a silver lining in that.

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Prepare for a quick ceremony and an early night.

Between work, afterschool activities, and the craziness of everyday life, there will definitely be less time to fit everything in. Be sure to choose an appropriate time such as five or six in the evening and keep the ceremony short and sweet. When it comes to the reception go for a buffet-style dinner and more of an open house vibe.

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Is A Midweek Wedding For You?

Now that you’ve weighed the pros and cons and decided if a midweek wedding is for you. Here are some ideas to make your unique wedding festive and fun for everyone. From etiquette your guests will appreciate to fun invitation ideas that will get your guests super excited for your special day – even if it is a bit more special than usual.

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Your Wedding Day Timeline

It is so important to make sure each aspect of your wedding is taken care of and confirmed prior to the big day. Assign someone to follow up with all of the vendors the day prior to the wedding to remind them that their mid-week event is, in fact, a wedding. This will help ensure vendors take your day seriously by being on time, appear in properly dressed, and be ready to make things happen!

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Serve an Unforgettable Meal

 Your guests are going to be hungry! They’ve probably had a full day of work and rushed to the wedding so make sure your meal is something everyone will enjoy and a dinner that won’t leave guests hungry later in the night. Full bellies will make for a much happier reception. A buffet style with tons of options and a decked out dessert table will go over well.

 

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Offer a Signature Cocktail

Prior to the ceremony, offer a signature cocktail and a small appetizer for your guests to enjoy while everyone is getting settled. This will keep guests feeling social and satisfied giving brides and the wedding party a few extra moments for last minute touches.

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Set the Tone with Amazing Wedding Invitations

Wedding invitations and stationery set the tone for a wedding. They give guests a glimpse into your personal style and what to expect for the big day. Create the most amazing invitations from Basic Invite. Choose from 180 colors, several foil options, and hundreds of designs to wow your guests and get them on board for your mid-week nuptials.

Who says weekends are for weddings, anyway? Plan a festive and truly unique mid-week wedding and give your guests something extra special to look forward to on hump day and through the rest of the week.

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Bio:  Located in Saint George, Utah, the small and passionate team at Basic Invite has been  creating the perfect card for every event since 2006. Through the development of  unique technology, we’re able to provide you with limitless options that allow you to instantly create a card that is truly unique. 

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