The first thing you will do to prepare to send your wedding invitations is make your guest list. You will want to be sure that you have accurate addresses. When you actually begin to address invitations you will want to use proper etiquette.
You will want to choose your invitations as soon as you have set your wedding date. This will usually be from three to six months before your wedding to allow enough time for proofreading them and addressing them. Invitations need to be mailed no less than four to six weeks before the ceremony. If you are getting married in the summer or holiday season you should send the invitations eight weeks before the ceremony. People have busy schedules during these times and will need a more advance notice.
There will be several enclosures included with your invitations. The couple getting married, location, date, and time of the ceremony will be announced by the invitation. The enclosure cards are for giving more detailed information such as maps or reception information. If your wedding is formal the invitations for your family and close friend who will be sitting in the reserved pews will need a pew card to present at the ceremony. This will make sure they are seated in the reserved section. Maps should be provided for out of town guests that may not know the location of the ceremony or reception.
Invitations traditionally have two envelopes. The outer envelope is used to mail it in and the inner envelope to protect the invitation. However, many modern invitations only have one envelope.
There are some rules to follow when you are addressing your invitations. The address need to be centered. Courtesy titles like Miss, Mrs., and Mr. should be used on wedding invitations. The title Ms. should not be used because that title is only for business use. Members of the military are addressed by their rank. You should always spell out full names and never use abbreviations or nicknames. Times, dates, and addresses will also need to be written out.
You should take a stuffed invitation to the post office and have it weighed to make sure you put the proper amount of postage on them. The postage can vary with the number of enclosures.
The person who will be the officiate of the ceremony should receive an invitation. Also, any children that are over eighteen should receive their own invitation even if they still live with their parents. You will want to add about twenty-five extra invitations to your order so that you are prepared for any mishaps.
If your wedding is very small and you are not inviting all of your relatives and friends you may choose to send them an announcement. These announcements are mailed right after the ceremony. The time and place of the ceremony will be included. An at home card to inform your friends and family of your new phone number and address may be included with the announcement.
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