(W11) Formal Wedding Invitations, Wedding Stationery and Social Media Wedding invites
Social media is a relatively recent phenomenon but it sure beats the phone and the old method of posting out RSVPs and wondering who is attending.
However old traditions die hard, and sending out formal wedding invites, even though by the time you do this, you should KNOW who is attending, is still part of the whole array of traditional things you schedule to do in the run-up to your wedding.
This is because receiving a formal RSVP from your guests in the post is a lot more sincere and committed than someone confirming their attendance via Facebook, text, email or What’s App!
Even ‘Save the Date’ cards should not be dispensed with, even though you will, in the modern way of things, have already sent out your save the date notices via social media. It is part of the formal way of doing things and we have noticed when these formal traditional methods of communication, and invitation, are not followed, Wedding Couples do suffer rather more last-minute absences and cancellations.
So have a look at the wedding day countdown for when to send out ‘printed save the date cards’ (18 months before wedding or as soon as you decide the date if short notice) and ‘formal wedding printed invites’ (3 months before the wedding). Obviously use social media to announce the date ASAP, but the formality of sending out ‘save the date’ cards, then later sending and getting RSVPs back in the post, increases commitment to attend.
Note the wedding invites go out quite near the wedding itself, only three months before the wedding date. WITH the invites, you also send out your wedding breakfast menu.
You send out the menu with the RSVP invite cards, and ask your guests to specify their choice of meal on the RSVP. In your covering letter you make it clear that RSVP means they need to “Reply please!” as some may not know to do this, and to select their menu choice.
On your RSVP invite letters, you specify by name all those in a family who are invited, so both husband and wife, partner, etc are mentioned by name and all children (if invited) are named also, under the adult’s names.
If children are over 18, they should be sent separate invitations in their own right, though you may opt to include them with the parents’ names as their ‘children’, if you think this is better.
Also of course, a menu for the wedding breakfast, meaning you will have chosen your two options for starters and mains and any other courses ahead of sending out your RSVPs.
Your stationery will match your wedding colours and wedding theme. You will need:
1. Save the date cards
2. Wedding day invitation letters
3. Evening invitations for the evening only guests
4. RSVP cards
5. Order of service (church weddings mainly)
6. Order of the day (ceremony time, photographs time, wedding breakfast time etc)
8. Once you have the RSVPs back – place cards for the tables (name of each guest and what they have chosen from the menu)
9. Table names possibly
10. Table plan (not necessary till wedding day and normally comprising a board with the table plan and the names of guests to each table).
11. Gift lists – contrary to what any stationer tells you, these should NEVER be sent out with the RSVPs/ invites!
12. Thank you cards for thanking guests for their gifts (used of course, after Honeymoon).
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