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10 Wedding Mistakes – #8 Invitations


#8 Invitations


here are 4 big mistakes that brides tend to make when it comes to invitations. Before you mail your invitations, checkout these suggestions for avoiding any issues.

1. Postage
Correct postage – Invitations all weigh differently and with the rsvp, two envelopes et cetera they usually require more postage than a regular envelope.
Postage on RSVPs – It is considered rude to send RSVPs without return postage, and you will not get very many replies if you do not include it. So don’t skimp on RSVP postage!
Tip: The United States Postal service has wedding stamps at no extra charge. When you go to pick up your stamps ask your postal carrier for wedding stamps. Keep in mind that they do not always keep a full stock so buy your stamps well in advance in case you need to make more than one trip.

2. Extras
Extra envelopes for addressing mistakes – Even if you use a calligrapher you should always expect to have a few mistakes when addressing invitation envelopes. Plan on making errors and purchase extra envelopes at the beginning.
Additional invitations – It is a good idea to buy at LEAST 10 extra invitations. You may have forgotten some important guests, or you may run into someone who asks when they will receive an invitation. It is better to save the relationship than the extra dollars it will cost to include that extra unexpected person. If you are sentimental, you may also want to save some invitations for yourself, family members and/or scrapbook.
Tip: The stamp should be the last thing to go on your envelope. Address, return address, seal, stamp.

3. Timing
Don’t order your invitations too late! – Invitations should be mailed 6-8 weeks before the wedding date for in country weddings and 3-4 months for destination (outside of the country) weddings. (It can take up to 6-7 weeks to receive a passport in the mail) When ordering your invitations leave plenty of time to receive them in the mail from the company, time for the calligrapher to address them, and time to stuff them before mailing them. You should also make sure that you are giving your guests enough time to RSVP.

4. RSVPs
Number the RSVPs – Some people do not write legibly or forget to list their names on their RSVPs. If you number your guest list and write each guests numbers in the corner of their RSVPs, then you will not have any problems figuring out whose RSVP you have received.
Dating RSVPs – Be sure to put an RSVP-by date on the RSVPs so that your guests will know when to respond to you by.

Author – Becky Bourland, Lead Fairy Godmother at Fairy Godmother Weddings, an Upstate South Carolina wedding company serving the bride and grooms of Greenville – Spartanburg – Greer and more.