Many clients come to meet me with an array of questions at hand. I thought it might be helpful to post a Q & A with some of the most common questions asked. I hope this will be insightful and perhaps help you gather the necessary information needed to order and mail your invitations.
It is recommended that you order your invites approximately six months before your wedding. You can however order them much earlier if you prefer. As long as you have your venue, ceremony location and times finalized feel free to order them as soon as you want.
It is a good idea to have a number in mind when going to pick out invitations so you can get an accurate quote. My general recommendation is usually half of your total guests plus 25. Keep in mind that a good number of your guests are couples and only require 1 invitation. Ordering extra is always advised as having to reorder is quite pricey.
I highly recommend using a date at least a month before the wedding. You will want to allow time for guests who don’t respond on time and allow time to follow up with them. You will also need time to arrange your tables and have place cards printed. All of this takes time and nobody wants to be stressed 2 weeks before their wedding.
8 to 10 weeks is a good amount of time before the wedding to mail invitations. If you are having a destination wedding or a wedding on a holiday weekend, you may want to consider mailing them out sooner. This will allow your guest time to book hotels and make travel arrangements.
Once your invitations come in and you have all of the pieces necessary, stuff one envelope, take it to the post office and have it weighed. You can purchase the stamps right there or use the rate given and create a custom envelope online. Make sure to include all direction cards, accommodation cards and anything else that needs to go inside the envelope. Don’t forget to purchase stamps for your response envelope or postcards as well.