7 Common Wedding Invitation Mistakes—And How to Avoid Them
From spelling errors and etiquette no-no’s to over-designing and incorrect postage: These seven wedding invitation mistakes are easy to make, but—luckily—even easier to avoid. Here, RiverCrest’s rundown of common wedding invitation pitfalls:
Letting typos slip through.
It sounds obvious, but proofreading your invitations is crucial. Mistakes (even glaring ones!) are surprisingly easy to miss. Pro tips: Get a printed proof. Proofreading on paper is much easier than on a screen. And don’t only look out for misspellings—also check for inconsistencies in formatting, too. Finally, ask a few friends to take a look at your invitations. Fresh eyes are always helpful in spotting errors.
Including too much information …
Leave registry information off your actual invitation. If you really want to give guests additional info, include a small insert with your wedding website on it. (Traditional etiquette: Never direct guests straight to your registry.)
… And too many design elements.
It’s tempting to try to incorporate all of your wedding-design influences in your invitations. But choose only one or two to include for subtle, sophisticated personalization.
Forgetting to put a stamp on RSVP envelopes.
Including postage on the RSVP envelopes is a common
courtesy—and it helps ensure guests respond in a timely manner!
Setting the wrong RSVP deadline.
Make your RSVP date two to three weeks before your wedding. This gives you plenty of time to finalize your seating chart, and to get a final head count to your caterer. But don’t give guests too much time to reply, or else you run the risk of them forgetting to RSVP altogether. Give them three to four weeks to reply once they receive the invitation.
Not making it clear who is actually invited.
So you want to invite a couple, but their kids don’t make the cut. Instead of awkwardly specifying that it’s an adults-only reception somewhere on the invite, make it clear by properly addressing the envelope. For a couple invited without their kids, write: “Mr. and Mrs. John Miller.” If you’re inviting the whole family, it’s “The Miller family” (or, alternatively, “Mr. and Mrs. John Miller, Ben and Anne.”) If you’re giving someone a guest, put “and Guest” on the envelope.
Forgetting to weigh your invites before mailing them out.
Weigh an invitation at your post office before shelling out for postage. Heavy or bulky invites can cost up to $2 each to mail, and you don’t want to risk your invites getting returned.