Shire Wedding

Invitations right first time

How many invitations do you require?

The reply is usually the number of guests the couple are expecting. This is always too many and leads to a quote way above the budget and a big shock. Remember your guests are in pairs, singles and family groups, it is so easy to become fixated on the total guest number.

Helpful hint:

Go through your guest list and account for the couples, singles and family groups to reach the number you actually need, you will be surprised at the number required. It is always a good guide to add at least 10% to this to allow for mistakes if you are writing guest names. It will also give you a number of spares for any late additions and substituting for any original guests who are unable to attend, also you or other family members may appreciate a keepsake. Going back for extras at a later date can be costly and stressful.

When should you order your invitations?

Couples often get so wrapped up in planning the smallest details of their wedding, they overlook the major necessities. Ordering your wedding invitations with time to spare is one of those major necessities. We recommend a consultation at least 12 weeks ahead of the date you are looking to send your invitations out.

Helpful hint:

Mail invitations six to eight weeks before your wedding. This means you will need to order them at least four months prior to your event.

Do Your Guests Already Have Plans?

Mailing your invitations six to eight weeks prior to your wedding will give most guests plenty of time to prepare for your wedding. Although some may need more than this if they have to rearrange their schedules, make travel arrangements and find hotel accommodations. Some guests may not be able to attend your wedding , whilst you have numbers to meet for your venue/caterer, so you now need those extra invitations.

Helpful hint:

Give your guests more notice about your wedding, especially if you are planning a wedding abroad or during a main holiday period , like Christmas. Save the date cards, generally sent 6-12 months ahead of your wedding , inform your guest the date of your wedding and let them know a formal invitation will follow.

Postage Problems?

With your assembled wedding invitation including directions, gift list details, accommodation and an RSVP will be heavy in its envelope and may require more than a standard stamp to be processed through the Royal Mail. Recent changes to Royal Mail may now mean a 1st class stamp is no longer sufficient.

Helpful hint:

Assemble an invitation, complete with the RSVP cards, direction cards and reception cards within the envelope and weigh it and check the size at the post office to determine the correct postage.

Not Enough Envelopes?

As you address the envelopes for your invitations, you may well make mistakes. We are all human, you will take the next envelope in your pile and begin addressing the invitation again. As a result, you may run out of envelopes before you run out of guest invitations.

Helpful hint:

Always order one to two extra envelopes for every 10 wedding invitations to allow for any mistakes you may make when addressing them. Or have them printed for you.


Your invitations or R.S.V.P. cards should clearly state the deadline for a reply from your guests. We would suggest a date at least 4-6 weeks ahead of the wedding. Most people will have replied by this date. This allows you time to substitute any guests unable to attend and maintain any catering numbers whilst not leaving your guests with a limited time left to plan.

Helpful hint:

For those who have not responded, it is perfectly acceptable to call them and confirm their attendance.

We hope this is helpful to you in planning your invitations.

We would recommend you visit a wedding stationer to help guide you through and deliver your dream wedding invitations. They are the first your guests will see of the great day you are planning, and will be their first impression setting the scene and tone of your wedding.

This article was written by Mike from
Lovestationery in Nottinghamshire

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