Typically wedding invitations are mailed about 6-8 weeks before the wedding, requesting a response within 2-4 weeks. I get a lot of questions about invitation etiquette and keep a stack of former clients' invitations on hand to show current clients various styles, inspirations and printing methods.
What I like about the invitation (and save the date cards) is that it can be part of a cohesive theme that is carried throughout your wedding stationery - on the ceremony program, escort cards, table name signs, menus and so on. The save the date and invitation can be part of the process of teasing your guests as to what they may expect on your wedding day. Enjoy these invitation resources!
The Wedding Workroom had a great blog post this week about invitation printing methods and they broke it down easily and logically, so check that out here. I'd add, however that high quality digital laser (flat) printing often replaces lithograph printing for more contemporary invitation styles.
Want something completely custom and hand-drawn? Check out the stunning work of Pier Gustafson. Yes, he can just address your envelopes but he can also hand-draw a map and entire invitation suite. Or you can have something custom and personalized cooked up by my favorite designer, J Sherman Studio.
Some couples are looking to green their wedding invitations and I'd recommend that you start with Twisted Limb Paperworks. We had green wedding invitations but because ours were printed on 100% recycled cotton paper from a fantastic Etsy designer.
GayWeddings.com (who also sell invitations) have tons of verses to look through. So do the folks at Invitation Consultants.
Once the invitations are in hand, what's the process for assembling, addressing and mailing them? This WedAlert.com article is great!
A few quick notes on my most commonly asked etiquette questions:
- yes, many couples are skipping the inner envelope to save paper, money and keep the vibe less formal;
- yes, it's OK if you use (preferably clear) address labels rather than handwriting or hiring a calligrapher (as long as you are prepared for the backlash from the more traditional members of your guest list);
- and yes, it's OK to invite single people without a date (though if they are in a serious relationship, even if not living together, their partner should be invited).
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