Who sends them, how they do it – here, we cover all the need-to-knows.
Who: Bride and groom / Parents of the bride and groom.
What: Wedding invitations can be sent from the bride or groom’s family or the couple themselves. Save-the-dates are essential, especially for destination weddings. Invitations should give guests the date, time, full address of the venue and where the reception
will be held. If marrying on a weekday, it helps to specify this, as guests will often assume weddings happen on a Saturday. If the reception is booked for a fixed length of time then include this information as well. You can order ready made RSVP cards or include an RSVP address on the invitation.
If children are not invited to your wedding, or to only part of the celebrations (just the ceremony, for example) then now is the time to let guests know, so they can make any necessary arrangements. A separate sheet could contain transport and accommodation options for out-of-town guests.
When: Invitations should be sent around three months before the event. If you’re marrying during the summer holiday season, consider sending invitations even earlier to give your guests advance warning in case of double-ups with holiday plans. You could also send save-the-date cards in the first instance, followed by the final invitation later on.
Where: Keep a spreadsheet of guests and their contact details for easy reference. Postal addresses are key to this. Getting hold of everyone to get an address can be
time-consuming, so it’s a good idea to get onto this task as early as possible.
Why: A wedding invitation lets guests know they’ve made the list to attend your special day. It is also your way of sharing all the essential information with them, so they know exactly what is going to be happening.
How: Invitations are usually sent via post,
so don’t forget to include postage costs in your budget, along with stationery and print costs.