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You know you need to send out invitations, but what exactly goes into the suite? What exactly are pockets? When should you send invitations out if your having a destination wedding? I could go on, there are so many questions that need to be answered before you feel comfortable ordering and sending you your invitation suites! 

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This is one question I see a lot from brides, especially in all those facebook bridal groups! “When do I need to send out my save the dates?” “When should I send out my invitations if I didn’t send save the dates?” “When should I send out my wedding stationery” I could go on on the different ways I see it each day.  I want to clear this up for my couples, so it is one less thing you have to stress about!

Save the Date Magnet White Writing Blush Envelope

When to send Wedding Save the Dates

If you are having a destination wedding send them out at LEAST 12 months in advance, earlier the better!

If you are having a traditional wedding, with maybe some family or friends flying in send between 10-6 months.

Do you need to send save the dates? No, but it is recommended as a way to give everyone a heads up to keep that date open and request any time off if needed!

Pocket Invitation with Pink Floral water colors and pink envelopes

When to send Wedding Invitations

If you are having a destination wedding send them about 12 weeks in advance. If you did not send save the dates send them 6 months in advance so they have time to book their flight.

If you are having a traditional wedding with maybe some family or friends flying in send 8 weeks before the wedding. If you did not send the save the dates, send 12 weeks before the wedding. I highly recommend to not send them any earlier than 12 weeks as guests will put it on the side burner and forget to respond thinking they will have time.

Are you sending them out at a different time? I would love to hear how far in advance and your reasoning! Let me know below!

 

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Tips for Wording your Wedding Invitations

Wedding Invitations – The Basics


Wedding invitations can seem pretty simple, but there’s a lot of thought that should go into your perfect invitation.

First, it’s the couple & wedding! That’s easy, right? Some things to think about, do you want your full name including your middle name or keep it short and sweet?

Now onto the date and time. The time should be the exact time, you do not want guests to arrive too early. Most guests already arrive 15-30 minutes before the event time stated on the invitation, so bumping up the time could have guests waiting over an hour for the wedding to start! Here are some examples for more of a casual vs formal wedding.

Casual Wording

Saturday, October 7th, 2017

3pm

Formal Wording

Saturday, the seventh of October

Two thousand and seventeen

Three o’clock in the afternoon

An important detail to go onto the invitation is the venue name and address to make it hassle-free for your guests. How else will they know where your big day will be!? If the venue is hard to find, directions or map insert would be great for your guests! (p.s. stay tuned for what you can use detail cards for!)

If you are having a reception at the same location as your ceremony, you can add a small detail at the bottom of your invitation. Some wording could be “reception to follow” or something more fun “dinner, dancing & cake to follow!”. If you are having a reception at a different location, a reception/detail insert card would be best for those details!

You’re dreaming about it right now, aren’t you? Your perfect venue, with the perfect friends and family, marrying your perfect person! It wouldn’t be complete without that perfect invitation! Invitations are the first glimpse of your wedding that the guests will see, they need to portray your perfect day!

blue gold hand deckled invitation

Greenery succulent and gold invitation Wedding

“Invitations are the first glimpse of your wedding that the guests will see, they need to portray your perfect day!”

Who’s hosting?

Now onto the more complicated detail, the introduction of the invitation. There are endless ways to invite your guests! Are you and your fiance paying for the wedding? Just your parents? Your fiance’s parents? Or maybe both of your parents? Whoever is hosting the wedding, wording can be key.

I’ve made figuring it out easy! I have separated different wording ideas for your wedding invitations under who would be hosting.

 

Order of info on the Wedding Invitation:

Who’s Hosting? or a Greeting Line

Couples Name

Optional Greeting Line

Date & Time

Location

Optional Closing Line

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

blue and gold hand deckled wedding invitation

Pink watercolor floral wedding invite

DING

Are you and your Fiance hosting/paying for your wedding with no help from family?

  • We invite you
  • You are cordially invited to our wedding
  • (You and your fiance’s name) joyfully invite you to their wedding
  • (You and your fiance’s name) request your presence
  • The honor of your presence is requested at the marriage of
  • Please join us for the wedding of

 

Are you more traditional and the Brides parents are hosting?

  • Mr and Mrs (Father’s name) request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their daughter (Bride’s Name) to (Groom’s Name)
  • Mr and Mrs (Father’s name) request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter (Bride’s Name) to (Groom’s Name)
  • (Mother’s first name) and (Father’s full name) invite you to celebrate the marriage of their daughter (Bride’s Name) to (Groom’s Name)

 

Are the parents of the Groom hosting?

  • Mr and Mrs (Father’s name) request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of (Bride’s Name) to their son (Groom’s Name)
  • Mr and Mrs (Father’s name) request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their son
  • (Mother’s first name) and (Father’s full name) invite you to celebrate the marriage of (Bride’s Name) and (Groom’s Name)

 

Are both of your parents paying for your wedding?

  • Mr. and Mrs. (Bride’s Father) & Mr. and Mrs. (Groom’s Father) request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their children
  • (Bride’s parents names) and (Groom’s parents names) request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their children
  • (Bride’s parents names) and (Groom’s parents names) invite you to share in their joy at the marriage of their children
  • (Bride’s parents names) and (Groom’s parents names) invite you to share and celebrate at the marriage of their children

 

Maybe you and your fiance are paying with some help from your parents or family?

  • Together with their parents
  • Together with their families
  • Please join us as we celebrate the joyful union of  (Bride’s name) and (Groom’s Name) together with their families