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ORDERING WEDDING INVITATIONS AND STATIONERY FOR THE BIG DAY

Ordering and Timing

Order wedding invitations about 5 months prior to your wedding date.  This will leave time to shop, get them printed, and fix any mistakes before mailing them out 6 to 8 weeks before the wedding date.  It is important to get all of the RSVP responses 2 weeks before the wedding date for the caterers count.

Be sure to order enough for your entire guest list (counting couples as 1), including the wedding party, plus 25 extra for mistakes or last minute additions.  You will also want to save a few as keepsakes for yourselves and your parents.


Wedding Invitation Key Components

Envelopes - You can choose to send with an outer envelope or without depending on how formal/fancy you want the invitation suite to be.  In the case of using an outer envelope, this will be the envelope you address.  If you choose to mail your invitations in an outer envelope, the invitation envelope is unsealed and packed inside with the flap facing forward.  It's a traditional approach and acceptable to omit the invitation envelope to conserve paper, stamps and invitation suite money.  RSVP envelope should be addressed and stamped in advance.  This step should not be omitted.

Invitation - The invitation should include all the information concerning when, where and who is hosting the event.  See below for appropriate wording.  Feel free to be creative with your wording.

Response Card (RSVP) - The RSVP card is an essential part of the invitation suite.  It should include a reply date, blanks for guest name(s), Number of people, indicate whether children are appropriate to attend, regrets and in many cases includes the food choices.  This card is important for the caterers guest count.

Reception Card & Accommodation Card - This card lists information for the reception if the invitation is being printed with only ceremony details.  Use this card if you are inviting all guests to the ceremony and only certain guests to the reception.  Also, use this for parking details, baby sitting services and/or details for over night accommodations

Map - If you are getting really fancy, include a custom printed map.  Some print the map themselves on desk top printer paper.  If you are working with a stationery artist, a custom designed map which matches the theme of the invitation suite and is printed on to match is really top notch.  

Bride & Groom Inviting Bride & Groom Inviting (Honour their families) Bride & Groom Inviting

The honour of your presence
is requested at the marriage of
Miss Emily Rose
and
Mr. Gregory Gardner
on Saturday, the twentieth of July
two thousand and nineteen
at three o'clock in the afternoon
United Church of Christ
555 Main Street
Royal Oak, Michigan

 Together with their families
Ashlee Ann Smith
and
Gregory Steven Gardner
invite you to share the joy
as they are united in marriage

on Saturday, the twentieth of July
two thousand and nineteen
at three o'clock in the afternoon
United Church of Christ
555 Main Street
Royal Oak, Michigan

Reception to follow
Union Lake Golf Club
Birmingham, Michigan

 Ashlee Ann Smith
and
Gregory Steven Gardner
request the pleasure of your company
at their marriage

on Saturday, the twentieth of July
two thousand and nineteen
at three o'clock in the afternoon

The Grand Hotel
Mackinac Island, Michigan

Bride's Parents (1 parent) Hosting Bride's Parents (1 parent) Hosting Both Parents Hosting
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth T. Smith
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Ashlee Ann Smith

to
Gregory Steven Gardner
on Saturday, the twentieth of July
two thousand and nineteen
at three o'clock in the afternoon
United Church of Christ
555 Main Street
Royal Oak, Michigan
Because your have shared in their lives
by your friendship and love
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth T. Smith

request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Ashlee Ann Smith
to
Gregory Steven Gardner
on Saturday, the twentieth of July
two thousand and nineteen
at three o'clock in the afternoon
United Church of Christ
555 Main Street
Royal Oak, Michigan
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth T. Smith
and
Mr. and Mrs. Steven C. Gardner
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their children
Ashlee Ann Smith

and
Gregory Steven Gardner
on Saturday, the twentieth of July
two thousand and nineteen
at three o'clock in the afternoon
United Church of Christ
555 Main Street
Royal Oak, Michigan

Reception to follow
Union Lake Golf Club
Birmingham, Michigan
One Set of Parents Hosting (Honour other set of parents) A Divorced Parent Hosting Divorced Parents are Hosting Jointly
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth & Mary Smith
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Ashlee Ann Smith

to
Gregory Steven Gardner
son of
Mr. and Mrs. Steven & Terry Gardner
on Saturday, the twentieth of July

two thousand and nineteen
at three o'clock in the afternoon
United Church of Christ
555 Main Street
Royal Oak, Michigan
Mr. Kenneth T. Smith
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of his daughter
Ashlee Ann Smith

to
Gregory Steven Gardner
son of
Mr. and Mrs. Steven C. Gardner
on Saturday, the twentieth of July

two thousand and nineteen
at three o'clock in the afternoon
United Church of Christ
555 Main Street
Royal Oak, Michigan
Mrs. Debby Alighire
and
Mr. Kenneth Smith

request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Ashlee Ann Smith

to
Gregory Steven Gardner
son of
Mr. and Mrs. Steven Gardner
on Saturday, the twentieth of July

two thousand and nineteen
at three o'clock in the afternoon
United Church of Christ
555 Main Street
Royal Oak, Michigan

Spring Wedding Invitation Wording

As petal to flower, as wing to eagle
as sunrise to morning, so you are to me…

(Names)

A fresh new day, and it is ours,
a day of happy beginnings when we,

(names)

Summer Wedding Invitation Wording

Like the leaves on a summer breeze,
our hearts are uplifted by love.

It is with joy that we,

(names)

Your love is warm like a summer’s day
and so my heart shines like the sun.

(names)

Autumn Wedding Invitation Wording

As the trees burst into color and the autumn season arrives
we pledge our faith, our love and our lives.

(names)

As autumn bursts into colors so bright
we’ll say “I do” as leaves take flight
and forever you’ll be my love, my light.

(names)

Winter Wedding Invitation Wording

The weather outside could be frightful,
but our wedding will be delightful!

(names)

In the spirit of the season
we have found the perfect reason
to gather friends and family.

(names)