If you are getting married this spring or summer – it’s time to start thinking about your wedding invites. Use your invites to get your guests excited about the event and set the tone for the most important day in your life.
5 Most common questions brides ask regarding wedding invitations.
How far in advance should I mail my invitation?
Invites should be mailed approximately 6-8 weeks prior to the wedding. If it’s a destination wedding, send them out at least 3 months earlier. It’s also helpful to send a save the date, just to get on your guests calendar as soon as possible.
What is the proper way to address an envelope?
A married couple should be listed as Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Smith
If a couple is unmarried, list the male first – Mr. Joseph Smith and Ms. Marie Walker
Hyphenated last name – Mr. Joseph Smith and Mrs. Marie Walker-Smith
Same sex couple – put the names in alphabetical order. Mr. Andrew Smith and Mr. Jeremy Walker
Married couple, both doctors – The Doctors Smith
If you are inviting a single person, the outer envelope should be addressed, as Mr. Joseph Smith and then the inner envelope would say Mr. Joseph Smith and Guest. The same rule applies for children – their names should only be written on the inner envelope.
What’s included in a traditional wedding invitation suite?
A traditional wedding invitation suite will consist of the following:
- Outer envelope
- Inner envelope
- RSVP card and return envelope
- Directions/Accommodations card
What are the current design trends?
For 2016, expect to see a lot of floral elements and greenery incorporated into invitation design.
Design that mimics watercolor gives invites a handmade feel.
Envelope liners and custom size envelopes are very popular this year.
Calligraphy and monograms are two things that never go out of style.
Add a rustic element like burlap or twine to tie your invitation package together.
What print process would work best for my wedding invites?
Depends on your design and budget. Some brides come to us and know exactly what they are looking for. Other brides have no idea what they want and we have to work together to create your vision.
Digital printing is the least expensive option and has the fastest turn around time.
Letterpress printing is always a popular choice with brides. To keep costs down, stick to 1 or 2 colors.
Engraving is often used for more formal affairs. Similar to letterpress, if cost is a concern, it’s best to design 1 or 2 colors.
Foil stamping, embossing/debossing and die cutting are all good options that can add a custom element to your invites.
We can help with all your invitation needs from design, paper selection and print process.
As always, contact us with questions.