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Wedding Stationery Frequently Asked Questions

Organising a wedding can be an overwhelming task, especially when it comes to invitations. From deciding on the design and wording to considering postage costs and copyright considerations, there are a lot of factors that need to be taken into account. Fortunately, with the right information and advice, you can make sure your wedding stationery is just as memorable as your special day. In this FAQ, we’ll discuss everything from DIY wedding invitations to thank you cards so you can create beautiful wedding invitations with ease.

Wedding Invitation and Wedding Stationery FAQ's

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Beautiful craft supplies for DIY Wedding Invitations

Is It Cheaper To Make Your Own Wedding Invitations?

Making your wedding invitations can be really cost-effective. Not only will you be able to design and make gorgeous, elegant DIY wedding invitations that perfectly reflect your unique style and personality you can reduce costs compared to shop-bought invitations or using a designer.

When making your invitations, you have complete creative control over the design.

Making your own wedding invitations is a great way to create something that you love, and you can choose the colours and design elements such as sealing wax and ribbon, trim and paper without compromising on quality or style. So go ahead – get creative!

When creating your own wedding invitation designs don’t forget if you’re not used to card making, or you need any help with your wedding stationery we’re here to help; we have lots of templates that you can download, print advice and all the tips and tricks to help you achieve a professional finish.

Should You Send 'Save the Date Cards'?

Yes, you should definitely send ‘Save the Day Cards’. Doing so helps ensure that people have plenty of time to make arrangements for the day. Plus, it can be a great way to get creative with your wedding stationery!

They give everyone ample warning about the big day so that they can keep it free.

There are lots of ideas online, they don’t have to be expensive, and if you’re making DIY wedding invitations, then they can be planned alongside these.

When Should You Send 'Save The Dates'?

It’s generally recommended to send them around six to eight months before your wedding. This allows invitees enough time to plan and prepare for the big day. The earlier you send them out, the better – this guarantees that you’ll have maximum attendance at your wedding

If you’re planning a wedding overseas and planning to send abroad, wedding invites, then the sooner you can send these, the better.

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When Should I Send Out My Wedding Invitations?

It is generally recommended to send out wedding invitations at least six weeks before the wedding, as this gives your invitees sufficient time to make arrangements for attending the special event. This window of time also allows them enough time to RSVP and confirm their attendance.

Sometimes you’ll be have to check with the venue as they may need the numbers much sooner.

If you’re ordering wedding stationery then order your stationery with this in mind.

If you are designing your own invitation design or making DIY wedding invitations then factor in the additional time. Allow enough time for you to make your diy wedding invitations perfect and allow enough time for supplies such as envelopes and sealing wax to arrive.

If you’re having bespoke wedding invitations or personalised wedding invitations printed then make sure that you check the lead time with your supplier.

Is 12 Weeks Too Early To Send Wedding Invitations?

No, 12 weeks is not too early to send wedding invitations. It’s generally recommended to send out wedding invitations at least three months before the wedding, as this gives everyone plenty of time to make necessary travel arrangements. This also allows them enough time to RSVP and confirm.

How Far In Advance Do You Send Wedding Invitations UK?

In the UK, couples tend to send wedding invitations at least four to six months before the big day. This will allow sufficient time for people to plan and make any necessary arrangements in order to attend the wedding. It also allows them enough time to respond.

Sending out your wedding invitations early also allows you to have a better idea of who will be attending your wedding.

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How Many Months Before Wedding Should You Send Out Invitations?

Typically, it is best to send wedding invitations about two to three months before the wedding. This gives everyone enough time to make any necessary travel arrangements and plan attending the special day. It also gives them plenty of time to RSVP and let you know if they will or won’t be able to attend.

What Is The Rule Of Thumb For Wedding Invitations?

The rule of thumb for wedding invitations is to be as detailed and organised as possible. Start by organising your guest list, ensuring you have the correct name, address, and contact information for each invitee.

Traditionally wedding invitations are sent 4-6 weeks before the wedding day but they’re often sent earlier.

How Many Weeks Before A Wedding Should You Send Invitations?

Traditionally you send wedding invitations out about 6-8 weeks before your wedding day. This allows sufficient time for everyone to make arrangements, as well as giving them adequate notice. For a destination wedding, many of your guests may need to book flights and accommodation in advance so they’re often sent earlier.

What Wording Should I Use For My Wedding Invitations?

When writing your wedding invitation wording, it’s important to include critical information. Depending on your event and style, you may also want to include a dress code or other special instructions.

The wording used for your wedding invitations sets the tone for the day, and as it’s so important we’ve dedicated a whole page to it for you! Our page should give you all the information you need to find the wording that’s just right for you.

The critical details are:

  • The Names Of The Couple
  • The Wedding Date
  • The Venue
  • The Time Of The Wedding
  • The Dress Code

Should You Include Children's Names On The Invitations?

It is common practice to include the names of any children invited on the wedding invitations. This ensures that all members of the family, adult and child alike, are formally invited to attend the special day. If you’ve decided not to invite children, it’s helpful and polite to note this on the invitations or wedding information card.

Should I Include RSVP Cards With My Wedding Invitations?

Including RSVP’s is highly recommended. This allows you to collect important information such as special dietary requirements or travel/hotel arrangements and helps to provide a response date.

An ideal ‘reply by date’ should be around four weeks before the wedding day. An RSVP card and envelope help to encourage responses and gives you a reason to request a reply if you’ve not had a response by your required date!

Do You Have To Proofread The Wedding Invitation?

Yes, you absolutely must proofread the wedding invitation before sending it out. This is the only way to ensure that all of the information included is accurate and that there are no typos or errors present. Good proofreading practices require more than just checking for spelling mistakes; you should also make sure that all of the essential details are included.

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When Should You Send Evening Wedding Invitations?

When sending evening wedding invitations, it is advisable to send them out at the same time as the main daytime wedding invitations. This will help to avoid any confusion and ensure that everyone invited to the wedding day is also invited to the evening reception. Sending out additional invitations close to the wedding day can be a sensitive issue, so it is always best to keep good records of who has been invited and to consider bumping up some evening guests if there are any declines.

Should I Include A Wedding Gift List With My Invitations?

No, traditionally it is the task of the Bride’s mother to manage the wedding gift list. If you would like to include one, consider sending a separate wedding information card or sheet with your wedding invitations.

How Many Wedding Invitations Do I Need?

Generally speaking, you will need one invitation per couple or family. If you have 50 couples on your guest list, you will need 50 invitations to ensure everyone receives an invite. It is also a good idea to order a few extras to keep as spares or keepsakes. We suggest ordering an additional 10-20% of the total number of invitations needed to account for this.

How Much Is It To Post Wedding Invitations?

When it comes to posting wedding invitations, the cost will vary depending on the size and weight of the invitation. Generally speaking, for a standard-sized invitation and single envelope, the cost for UK domestic postage is around 95 pence or £1.45 for a large letter; you can check UK Royal Mail postage rates on their website.

It is important to factor in the cost of postage when creating your wedding stationery budget and when ordering DIY wedding invitations.

Some couples add stamps to their RSVP’s too, as it encourages replies.

How Many Orders Of Service Do I Need?

Not everyone will require one, so it is best to take an overall number and then subtract couples and small families who may share an order of service. Couples and families share quite happily. Remember to reserve yourself a keepsake!

Do I Need Copyright For Hymns And Readings?

When it comes to hymns, songs and readings that are to be included in wedding orders of service, copyright is an important factor to consider. All copyrights must be respected and permission should be sought if you plan on using any material that is protected under copyright law.

In most cases, copyrighted material will require a license or permission from the copyright holder. It is always best to contact the copyright holders directly if you plan on using their material in your Order of Service booklet. Alternatively, some churches or venues may provide you with a copy of any necessary licenses for use in wedding services.

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Do I Need To Send Wedding Thank You Cards?

Yes, sending wedding thank you’s is an important part of expressing your gratitude to friends and family for attending your special day. This small gesture can make a huge difference in how your wedding is remembered by those who attended. Not to mention, it’s a great way to keep the conversation going even after the big day has gone.

Why Should I Make DIY Wedding Invitations?

Not only can it be cost-effective to make DIY wedding invitations, but it also allows you to get creative and put your own special touch on the invitations. With DIY wedding invitations, you have more control over the design, materials, colours and wording.

Should I Include A Map Of The Venue On My Wedding Stationery?

Including a map of the wedding venue on your wedding stationery can be a great way to help everyone find their way easily and quickly. It’s important to remember that there are several factors to consider when adding a map to your wedding stationery, such as the accuracy of the map, the size and style, and how easy it is to read. Additionally, make sure you include clear directions on how to get to the venue, along with contact information for any questions. This will ensure that friends and family will have no trouble getting to the event on time.

We hope that this FAQ has been a valuable resource for you in your wedding preparations, offering advice on invitation etiquette, postage fees, copyright regulations, thank-you cards and DIY ideas.

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