Ordering and sending out your invitations are both very time-sensitive tasks. They will need to be ordered 4-5 months before the wedding date. This should give you plenty of time to get them all addressed at a leisurely pace. They need to be in the mail 6-8 weeks before the wedding date. This gives your guests plenty of time to respond but not too much time so that it slips their minds. (If your guests will be needing notice farther in advance, you might want to use the tips in last week's blog about Creative Save-the-Date Card Ideas.)
Since you'll be ordering your invitations 4-5 months out, you will, of course, need to begin deciding on a design sooner than that. Once you find a style you love and get the wording set in a way that you are happy with, you will need to double-check, and then triple-check, and then possibly check it one more time for any mistakes!
Believe it or not, sometimes it's the most obvious information, the day, date, or time, that gets left off. Having to reprint your invitations due to a simple oversight like this can double the price you end up paying and throw a huge wrench into your budgeting plan. Don't do the proofreading all on your own. Have a few different people take a look before placing your final order.
To get a proper guest count, the RSVP information needs to be extremely clear and easy for your guests to understand. Make sure that the date you expect them returned by is obvious. You will need time to get a final headcount to your caterer, and if you are making an assigned seating chart for guests, this will also figure into how early you need to know who is coming.
If there is a choice of menu options for dinner, it needs to be included on your RSVP. It is also very important to know who each RSVP is coming from. It is very common for guests to check the "yes" or "no" box, but completely forget to put their name on the card! Numbering each RSVP discreetly in a corner or on the back can help you out in the case that this happens. If you don't want to bother with RSVPs coming through the mail, you can have guests do it online through a wedding website or request that they call you with their information instead.
Next week we'll continue this topic with 4 more things that brides and grooms easily overlook while designing and sending out their wedding invitations. You want everything that has to do with your special day to be as perfect as possible, and Country Jewell is here to help you in any way that we can.
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