The invitation is a very important part of your wedding or event planning, as this will set the tone for what is to come. Therefore, the presentation is vital, but so is content.
Here are a few tips to guide you in creating the perfect invite:
1) Because the invitation is the first part of the event the guest will see, make it GOOD. It should be memorable and give the invitee an idea of what tone the party will take. So, if your event will be a high energy, FUN party, make it loud, make it colorful and make it stand out. Black-tie? Make it classy and make it elegant.
2) Don't be shy to put an RSVP deadline. This is important information for you, as you need to plan your seating arrangements, order seating cards, prepare favors and confirm numbers with suppliers.
3) If you want children included, you may write out their names on the invitation, or simply, indicate, "(Mr. & Mrs. Smith) and Family". If you prefer an adult party only, do not indicate "and family" and you may even include "Adults Only" or, as I did for a client of mine, "Sweet dreams to the little ones".
4) If the invitee is welcome to invite a guest, indicate the "and Guest". For example, Mr. Stephen Wilcox and Guest". Don't want the guest, leave it "Mr. Stephen Wilcox".
5) Make arrangements to have your invitations mailed out at least 4-6 weeks before you want them to be sent out. This will allow sufficient time for them to get to you and for you to prepare to be sent out. So, if your scheduled time is to have he in the ail by February 15, order them between January 1st - 15th. You should mail out invites 6 weeks prior to date and 8 weeks prior for people not in the same city or country. (RSVP should be at least 3 weeks to 2 weeks prior)
6) Triple-check your invitations and borrow another set of eyes to look for any spelling mistakes & check content... Do this for the invitation, the response card, the envelope....
Good Luck and Congratulations!
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