7 Frequently Asked Questions About Wedding Invitations

There are so many aspects to planning a wedding that it can very easily get on top of you and leave you feeling overwhelmed. And that’s why I like to put together these little FAQs on some of the areas of wedding planning where you might not be sure what to do.

So here are 7 frequently asked questions on the very important subject of wedding invitations, and I really hope they help you out.

1. When should Wedding Invitations Be Sent Out?

If you previously sent out save-the-date cards, then your invitations should be sent out around 2 to 3 months before the wedding. This allows your guests enough time to make the necessary arrangements to attend your wedding.

Some may need to book time off work, or sort travel arrangements if they are coming from out of town.

2. What Should Be Included On The Wedding Invitation?

  • The host’s names (Normally the bride’s parents)
  • The name of the bride and groom
  • Details of the wedding venue, including directions, car parking etc
  • Date and time of the wedding
  • Details of time and venue of the wedding reception, including directions
  • R.S.V.P cards
  • Web site address

3. One Or Two Invites For House Sharers?

This is a grey area really. But if two house sharers are generally regarded by their friends as a couple, either engaged or living together, then one invitation is fine.

But if two people are simply sharing a house then they would each need a separate invitation.

4. Who Should The RSVPs Be Returned To?

If you’re handling all of your wedding arrangements yourself then you’ll want the invitations returned to you, and you can then organize everything related to your guest list yourself. But if someone else is helping out with some of your plans, such as your parents or your partner’s parents, then this might be a good job to offload on them.

Whatever you decide, make sure to include the appropriate address with your invitations, and if you do get help with this and someone else handles the RSVPs, it’ll be a good idea to stay in touch with them as the invitations begin to come back, just so you can stay informed about how many guests there are going to be.

5. Can Guests Bring A Guest?

Well, my answer to this one is yes – I do think singles should have a plus 1 on their invites.

I know from personal experience, having been to a wedding without a partner that it can be very lonely and uncomfortable.

So, as long as numbers allow, it just seems like good manners to give singles the option of bringing a guest.

6. Should I Invite Children To My Wedding?

This is a question that many couples struggle with when planning their guest list. And there are always divided opinions on this.

When my husband and I were planning our wedding, we didn’t even have to think about it. We just knew we wanted all the children to be a part of our day. It made it such a happy family occasion, everyone had a great time, and we knew we had made the right decision.

But there are no hard and fast rules here, and it’s your wedding, so if you don’t want children there then you need to make this clear on the invitation.

If you just want children at the ceremony but not at the evening reception, then you need to send two separate invitations. One to the ceremony including the names of the children, and one to the evening celebration stating clearly ‘Adults Only Reception’.

7. Can I Make My Own Invitations?

This is something that is becoming increasingly popular. Making your own wedding invitations will not only mean they are unique, but you can design them to set the theme for your wedding.

Most people consider their wedding much too important to make their own invitations, but this is one of the best areas to save money and you will be surprised how good the results can be.

Pay a visit to a local craft outlet and pick up some ideas. Then you can follow through and make your own place settings, menus, and thank-you cards.

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