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What Makes A Great Wedding Invitation

Mar 14, 2008
If you're celebrating the one single day in your entire lifetime (ok, single day for most of us) where you promise yourself to another person indefinitely, you will likewise want to make the event as perfect as possible. Just like other components of weddings, the wedding invitation is a key factor to address when ensuring the perfect scene, environment, and of course a means of conveying to guests that their presence is more than welcome. But what makes a great wedding invitation?

Functional Wedding Invitation Design

Above all else, the wedding invitation exists for one sole purpose: to inform friends and family members of a special occasion. Friends and family need to know the date, time, the bride and groom's information, location, and any other relevant information.

There are plenty of interesting (and expensive) designs available but do remember that a wedding invitation should be legible before anything else. All the decorations in the world don't mean a thing if the wedding invitation doesn't have a clear, concise, and to the point message for hopeful guests.

It is also critical that an RSVP deadline is set, so guests know the last possible date to inform the bride and groom of their possible arrival. This allows for the wedding to be planned in a much more organized manner, as you will know how many guests to expect. This, in turn, will let the party putting on the wedding to order just enough supplies and refreshments for those who had replied with their RSVP. (And we all know how frustrating it can be to see the RSVP come in the day before the wedding)

Lastly, the only functional wedding invitation is an error-free invitation. Check and double check that everything is spelled correctly, the dates are correct, and the information is verified to be true. There is nothing worse than having to reorder hundreds of invitations just because of a typographical error.

Tips for Wedding Invitation Orders

As a rule of thumb, one should order around 20% more invitations that are needed. This allows for the missed relatives or friends to be included as they are remembered. Many family members and friends will be prone to losing invitations as well so having a few backups is always a good idea.

When sending the invitations in question, a time frame of around 10 weeks is usually acceptable when sending them. This will allow for even the most hectic schedules to be cleared for your important day. It also forces the excuse givers who use I didn't get the invitation early enough to look for a different excuse to use.

Keep your finances in order. Find out how much the postage, envelopes, and overall expense will be before committing to an agreement. Also allow for some extra money to be spent for unplanned occurrences. These occurrences can be calligraphy mistakes, lost mail, lost invitations, and any number of mishaps that can happen along the way.

Final Thoughts on Wedding Invitations

When the special day is drawing near, keep the above tips in mind for a smooth wedding day. Doing so will ensure that every last friend and family member will hopefully be present at your special wedding. Lastly, you should keep a list of all the guests you sent invites to, so that you can send thank you cards after gifts and good lucks are received.
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