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How Many Wedding Invitations Should I Order?

Aug 4, 2008
Ordering wedding invitations seems like a no brainer. It seems like it, but it is not. There are just too many unseen pitfalls along the path. It is somewhat like an Indian Jones movie. If you are not aware of the hidden danger you just might accidently navigate the course successfully, but probably not. That is where a little planning comes in handy - so you can order your wedding invitations with confidence.

For the sake of this article, we will focus on understanding the process with regard to how many wedding invitations an intended couple should order.

The answer might seem clear - order as many invitations as names on their guest list - but it is not quite as apparent as it seems. There are several factors that any couple considering ordering wedding invitations should think through.

The first one affects the couple's budget. Printers who print wedding invitations often have a minimum order requirement or a requirement that the couple order in predetermined multiples of twenty five or fifty. Thus, a wedding party that is only planning on sending out eighty five wedding invitations might be required to order a hundred.

Next, guest lists have a sneaky way of growing at the last minute and couples who discover that they have run out of invitations could find themselves in an embarrassing situation when they discover an important individual they accidently omitted when they created their guest list.

Likewise, most wedding parties have someone they want to send a wedding invitation to that they know will not be able to attend regardless of whether that individual is in the military and serving overseas or incapacitated by medical limitations.

Finally, a couple that uses unusual invitations like the beach themed wedding invitation in a bottle should plan to have a few extra's for keepsakes, not just for themselves, but for younger family members such as nephews and nieces who will find the romantic invitations irresistible.

The moral? Plan ahead. Know the capacity of your wedding and reception facilities and work out your guest list very carefully before you order your wedding invitations. Likewise, take the time to plan your seating chart in before you place your order. It will help you figure remember people you might otherwise overlook.

After you have gathered all your information, planned your guest list, and designed your seating chart - order enough extra to make sure you are covered regardless of what comes up. Ultimately, it is better to have ordered enough wedding invitations so you have a few left over to keep for use in a scrapbook than to run out prematurely and run the risk of creating hurt feelings.
About the Author
Jeanette Shinn is a wedding professional with over a dozen years experience making dreams come alive. Find tips and accessories from beach in a bottle wedding invitations to classic autumn themed wedding favors options at http://www.ExcitingWeddingFavors.com.
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