Other than the save-the-date, your wedding invitation is the first thing guests will see of your wedding, so you want to make a great first impression. But wedding invitation mistakes are easy to make, from small spelling errors to big postage mix-ups. Keep reading for some of the most common wedding invitation mistakes, and how to avoid them. (Psst: Have more questions about invitation etiquette and protocol? Reach out to one of RiverCrest’s wedding pros and they’ll help guide you through the process.)
Forgetting to — eek! — spell-check.
This sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised how easy it is for tiny mistakes to slip through the cracks, especially when you’re checking words you’ve no doubt read over and over (and over) again. Double-check — and then triple-check —each word on your invitation. And then have someone with fresh eyes (read: someone who isn’t intimately involved in your wedding planning) read the invitation proof for good measure.
Overdesigning your invitations.
Wedding invitations should feel personal and set the tone for your big day. But while they should tie into your overall theme, they don’t have to hit every single style element you’re incorporating into your wedding. Choose a few things that stand out to you—for example, your color scheme, or the vintage feel of your venue—and design your invitations around that. Then let your actual wedding reveal the rest.
Accidentally skimping on postage.
Bulky invites add up (think: $2 each to mail). Take a sample invitation to the post office and get it weighed before stamping each invitation so that you don’t have to worry about insufficient postage.
Choosing a poor RSVP date.
Before you set that RSVP date, plan ahead: You want to give guests no more than four weeks from receiving the invitation to reply. And you want to get all RSVPs at least two to three weeks before your wedding date. (You’ll need to send caterers a final head count about a week before the wedding.) So be sure to give guests enough time to mark their calendars, but not too much time so that they forget to respond altogether. (Tip: Make sure to put a stamp on every RSVP return envelope!)
Giving yourself too much work to do. So you want to address each envelope yourself? Know what you’re getting yourself into. Depending on your guest list, hand-addressing your invitations can be a surprisingly time-consuming task — and also pretty stressful, as you’ll no doubt have a lot of other wedding-related to-dos on your plate. Either budget a lot of time for this, or inquire about other alternatives. Many stationers offer addressing for a