Do’s and Don’ts of Invitations For Your Chicago Wedding

July 3rd, 2018

Staying on top of the RSVP process is crucial when planning a wedding. Invitation trends and colors come and go, but there are always mailing etiquette rules to follow!  Here are some tips and tricks about the do’s and don’ts of wedding invitations to ensure smooth sailing in 2018.

Invitations should be ordered four to six months in advance to leave enough time for proof reading, addressing, and mailing. No matter what, always order about 5-10% extra to account for mistakes, invitations lost in the mail, and forgotten guests.

Include a reply card! This is essential to staying on top of your RSVPs, as well as including a stamped envelope for your guests to use when sending their response back to you. A reply card is also an amazing tool for determining dietary restrictions or selecting entrees in cases of a plated dinner.

Do not include your wedding registry on your invitations. Instead, this should be on your save the date and wedding website, as it helps to inform your immediate family of your registry so they can pass it along if asked. Including it on the formal invite would just be tacky.

Some 2018 wedding invitation trends include soft watercolors, acrylic overlays with metallic, gold foil, laser cut “pockets”, and minimalist leaf or geometric patterns. Calligraphy or handwritten invitations are still popular, but you should add a fun touch, such as a personal wax seal or textural layers and a ribbon to tie it all together.

Online invitations are also another very popular, and environmentally friendly, trend this year for weddings. If you choose to go the online route entirely, make sure to double and triple check all of the details on the website. You can also use this method for RSVPs, and with cool sites like Paperless Post you can design your own custom Evite.

Regardless of your style, the invites should be sent six to eight weeks in advance. Create a return deadline that is well in advance of when your numbers are actually due to your vendors so you have plenty of time to submit them.  Follow the above rules, select the style that means the most to you, and have fun! The small details coming together are all worth it for your big day.



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