If your wedding is more than 6 months away, we advise sending 'Save the Dates' immediately to all 'day' guests (not evening)- to give people plenty of time to make any necessary arrangements. (This can be in whichever format you choose; formally, a letter, or just verbally telling all your guests!)
Day invites We advise to send 6 months before with an 'RSVP by' date included! You want your day guests to have RSVP'd approximately 5 months before (this is so that you can process all the replies at around 4 months to go and to finalise your table plan ready to meet your deadline of 2 months prior, when you send it to us).
Evening invites we suggest to send them at about 3 months before, we do not advise to send them any earlier than 4/5 months before. Do not be surprised if you receive a low number of RSVP's from evening guests - they often do not reply! Information we would advise you to consider including in your invites: - How to find the venue - see our Directions page. - Time of arrival for guests, which should be half an hour / 45 minutes before the ceremony. - RSVP info and an RSVP by date (if you don't include an envelope for them to send back, make sure the RSVP information is clear, you'd be surprised how many random RSVP's turn up to our address instead of going back to the bride and groom!) - Accommodation advice. - Taxi advice (very important) - see some local taxi numbers here if you wish to include this information. - Gift list or information. - If you have selected a 3 choice menu then you must include your menu options. There must also be somewhere for guests to make their choices, and note any dietary requirements or allergies that may need to be considered. - For all other menu options include a note on the RSVP card asking guests to notify you of any special dietary requirements or allergies.
Late Ceremonies/Evening Only We suggest sending invites about 3-4 months prior to the date of the wedding, providing you have already sent out save the date cards. If you have decided to go with this option we strongly advise including the pre-agreed timings for your day on the invitations, so guests know exactly what to expect. We also ask that you provide an 'Order of the Day' board for the venue on the day.
Don't forget Your wedding invite is the first insight for guests as to what your day will be like. For example a bling, formal invite would not be the best representation of a festival style, relaxed wedding. It is important to bear that in mind as you want guests to be 'on board' with whatever theme and style your wedding has, so that you all get maximum enjoyment out of your chosen 'feel' and atmosphere.
Helpful tip When it comes to addresses: we recommend either saving them in a spreadsheet, or printing 2 sets of address labels - keeping one set ready for your thank you cards post wedding. It will save you time having to search for all the addresses again!
Ensure your invites have the correct stamp for their weight. Guests having to pay extra or collect from the post office is embarrassing!
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