Finally now that the wedding industry has nearly rebounded
from last year, it’s time for brides and grooms to get a move on locking down
venues, sending out engagement announcements, and eventually save the dates and
invitations too! Follow along for an ultimate timeline and guide for when you
should be sending out your gorgeous wedding stationery to your guests.
The sooner you can design your dream engagement
announcements the better, especially if you are planning your wedding in under
a year. If you plan to throw an engagement party as well you can opt to combine
the announcement with the party invite for added savings and convenience.
Save the Dates
Mailing your save the dates anywhere from six to eight
months before the big day should give guests ample time to make any
arrangements necessary. Those hosting a destination wedding may consider
sending save the dates even a month or two earlier than this to ensure
affordable travel can be booked and time away from work can be approved.
As a general rule of thumb it’s best to send out official
wedding invitations six to ten weeks before the wedding day. This ensures
they’re not sent too early, but early enough for guests to make any final
adjustments to their plans and for RSVPs and meal selections to be mailed back
Thank You Cards
Brides and grooms who create online registries are often
surprised to see some gifts being delivered before the wedding. If this happens
its common courtesy to respond with a thank you card within two or three weeks
of receiving the gift.
For all other gifts received on or after the wedding day
there is not nearly as much of a rush with this. Since newlyweds are often busy
honeymooning, moving, and adjusting to marriage sending out thank you cards
anywhere from one to three months after the wedding is perfectly acceptable.
Designing and mailing wedding stationery can be one of the
most exciting parts of wedding planning, plus it’s often the very first taste
guests will get of your wedding colors, theme and style. Contact the design
experts at Forever
Friends for 100% custom wedding stationery including announcements, save
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An engagement, followed by wedding planning, is such an exciting time in life. A date is picked, a deposit on your dream venue is put down, and the guest list is organized. Now, it’s time to let all your friends and family know about the upcoming special occasion! This is where it can get tricky. Do you send out a save the date? Do you skip that and go straight for the formal wedding invitation? How do you politely do both? Follow along with our blog to discover the answers to all your burning wedding invitation questions!
Save the Date
Summed up, save the date cards should only include the bare minimum information. You don’t want to overwhelm your guests. Short and sweet is the route you want to take when it comes to your wording and designs. Simply give information on the date, time, and place. This is a necessity if your guest is going to need to make travel arrangements or take time off work. Let them know if they can bring a plus one and if children are welcomed. Don’t cram information that isn’t going to help your guest decide if they can make it or not. You don’t want to prompt for an RSVP at this point either; allow them time to make an accurate decision. We also suggest leaving out your registry information. The best time to send this information is once you have it all sorted out.
A formal wedding invitation is designed to be more personal. Many formal invitations have an RSVP portion that allows the bride and groom to interact with the guest. A separate card may ask guests to include a song they would like to hear, a drink they want to be included, or simply the name of their plus one! Your formal wedding invitation is also a good opportunity to add your registry information, along with any other requests you may have for your guests.
Now, you may be wondering, “What’s the difference?” Well… a
few things! You always want the save the date card to come before the invitation.
They are encouraged if you have a date far in the future, a destination
wedding, or specific guidelines you’d like to be followed. This means that if
you’re having an adult-only wedding, no plus ones, or out-of-pocket expenses
are expected, a save the date card is a great way to deliver this information.
It is a courtesy to your guests that is not necessary, but always appreciated.
A formal wedding invitation is something that is going to be more detailed. Allow
your creativity to take over so that the invitation is unique, just like you!
The color of your wedding can be debuted on your invitation as well as the
decided theme. You can also interact with your guests! Now is the time for
expected responses. This is your chance to request an RSVP and include your
During this joyful time, the last thing you want to stress
about is how to invite your guests. At the end of the day, you should choose
whatever is easiest and most fun for you! Are you not feeling too sure about
your designs? Head on over to the Forever Friends
website to explore custom wedding print options!