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As your friends and family celebrate your big day, you would like everything to be perfect. The last thing you would want is a loved one to miss the ceremony, a friend who arrives without RSVPing, or a family going to the wrong place. There is more to creating and printing your own wedding invitation cards than you think. Here are the six common mistakes people make in their wedding announcement cards.
Sending the Cards Out Too Late
It is good etiquette to send your wedding announcement cards at least eight weeks in advance for weddings that are non-destination. This ensures that your guests have sufficient time to RSVP and make arrangements and travel plans. And for destination weddings, make sure you send them out 12 weeks ahead, so everyone has time to compare travel rates.
Not Including All the Details
What is a wedding without the presence of all your friends and family? Keep all your guests well-informed by accurately printing all the essential details on the wedding announcement card, such as date, time, location, etc. For example, give detailed information about where the reception will be held. If it is at the same venue, indicate "reception to follow"; if it's somewhere else, have the information clearly stated or print another reception card with location and time.
Not Providing RSVP Details
A fundamental mistake you should never make is to forget to include an RSVP date or a method to RSVP. Knowing who is coming and who is not makes all the difference in venue setup and catering. The RSVP date must be at least two weeks before the wedding so that all the suppliers have enough time to prepare. Give your guests three to four weeks to confirm, and include details on how to RSVP. If you would like them to return the RSVP via mail, include a self-addressed stamped envelope. If you would like to RSVP via email, phone, or an URL, ensure all those details are accurately reflected.
Not Indicating the Right Time
Guests to a wedding typically know how to arrive earlier than the start of the ceremony. Guests usually arrive 15-30 minutes before the starting time. And if a little delay is needed, 15 minutes is a reasonable wait. When you print your own wedding cards, don't tell your guests that the ceremony will start earlier; otherwise, they would have to wait for a long time before you walk in.
Not Clarifying Invited Guests
To give the venue owner and caters accurate numbers, you have to be clear about who is invited. If you welcome the entire family, address the card to "The Smith Family." If it's only for the couple, addressing "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" will imply that only the two guests are invited. If you know the name of your guest's guest, write it down; if not, write "and Guest."
Including Registry Information
Keep your wedding invitation card focused on providing time, location, and RSVP details. This is not the place to include your registry information. Instead, add an information insert that shows a link to your website rather than the link to your registry. Then, make sure the registry tab is clearly marked for visitors to find it easily.