For today's main post, I want to discuss two crucial wedding elements ; the invitations, and the favors. While seemingly small, these two elements are some of the most crucial. They can make a huge difference in your wedding. So read on for some advice! :)
Okay, I said seemingly small, but the invitation is probably one of most important things in your wedding. Not only do invitations tell you guests when and where your big day will take place( a tad important, eh?), they can set the mood for the wedding, and announce the formality of the event without directly stating it. For example, if the wedding is going to be a more formal event, the wording might go a little something like " Anna Green and Joe Smith Request the honor of your presence at their marriage on....",etc. A more informal wedding might read along the lines of " Anna Green and Joe Smith request the pleasure of your company .....". Wording is key. To answer some invitation FAQ's, here are a few extra pieces of advice:
1. Whoever is footing the bill of the wedding should be included in the invitation. For example, if the bride's parents are paying, the invitation could say:
Carla and Arthur Green Request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter
If you want to mention the groom's parents, you can do so after the groom's name ( Joe Smith , son of Marie and Bill Smith)
If the couple is paying, or the wedding is more informal, you can omit the parent's names, and just let you and your fiance' be the ones inviting.
No matter what, the bride's name should be placed first, and the mother of either set of parents should also be placed before the father.
2. Add an R.S.V.P. date, i.e. " Please respond no later than, May 15th, 2012". This can really save you. By having an R.S.V.P. date, you should ideally be able to give the caterers, etc. a final headcount for food. However, don't assume all who recieve invites will adhere to this. If you don't hear from some guests, it is okay to call about 2 weeks before the wedding, you need a final headcount!
3. Make sure those invitations go out in plenty of time before the event! A good rule of thumb is six months in advance, however shorter engagements and other circumstances might require that you send them out on shorter notice. For instances like these, send them out A.S.A.P.!
4. Invitations can be pricey, but they don't have to be. Unless gilded invitations were on your " Wedding Must Haves" list, it's okay to shop around. Make sure they aren't too flimsy or cheap looking, though. There are tons of places that have quality, beautiful invitations that won't break your budget. It is good however, to leave a little extra room in your budget for these. There are lots of Do-it-yourself ideas when it comes to invitations, but you had better be good at it.
5. Double check, triple check, then check again. The costs for post and the invitations themselves may not be too expensive, but the cost to re-send them could make them such. Not only is re-issuing invitations costly, it's embarrassing. Check over and over for spelling mistakes and missing or incorrect information. after checking it yourself several times, have someone else look over them for anything you may have missed.
Many people ask if wedding favors are a necessary step. I truly wonder why it is even a question! YES, this is a step you cannot skip! Wedding favors are a way of thanking the guests who took the time and energy to come celebrate the biggest day of your life with you. They deserve a thank you, no matter how small. There are so many options when it comes to favors. They can be really inexpensive, too. There's no need to blow a bunch of your budget on these. It can be as simple as filling small, cheap, colored boxes with candy. You can really make inexpensive favors look fancier with ribbon, etc. The bottom line: it is necessary that favors are included to thank your guests.
Look out for lots of posts this week!
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