Note to self… get the invitations out!

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THEY may not be the biggest priority on the day, but when it comes to choosing your wedding stationery, it is worth noting that wedding invitations are the first impression you give your guests.

A pink ribbon or a dotted pearl can suddenly have guests wondering if this is a clue to the dress or the theme of the celebration. Whether you opt for simple and elegant or quirky or extravagant, look at your invitations as an opportunity to share a bit of your personality.

Wedding stationery should be ordered at least three months before your wedding, and traditionally invites should be sent out six weeks in advance. This means you will have to have your guest list finalised before ordering your stationery. This shouldn’t pose a problem unless you are still hovering over what names to include or drop off your list.

Once you have decided who to invite, you have to calculate how many invitations you need. A general rule of thumb is one per couple. If there are children to invite you can opt to include them on the same invitation or send a separate one. If the children are adults living in the same house, you can choose to send individual invitations.


If you are inviting singletons, you need to decide whether to invite them alone or with a guest of their choice. Always order extra to allow for mistakes or additional guests. And, don’t forget about your evening reception. Wording depends largely on whether you are going down the traditional or non-traditional route.

Traditionally, the bride’s parents invite the guests but if you are hosting the reception as a couple, you can opt just to use your own names. The main details should include the date, time and venue of the ceremony and reception. You should also include an R.S.V.P. date.

Many couples now give guests the chance to reply via text. You can choose to include a separate sheet with directions to the venues and details of nearby hotels and B&B’s.

You can include a menu for guests to return any special dietary requirements. Remember to double check for spelling errors. It will be your responsibility to have this right for the printers.

When the honeymoon is long over, don’t forget a final item of stationery which gives you the chance to thank your guests for attending or sending you a wedding gift.