Tutorial // 8 mistakes brides make when sending out invitations

Most mistakes brides make when sending out their wedding invitations are completely avoidable.  Here are 10 common mistakes engaged couples make when sending out their invites, and easy ways to avoid doing the same.

1. Not enough envelopes. 

Give yourself room for error and purchase (or request from you invitation designer) at least 10 extra envelopes … more if you are attempting calligraphy on the envelope.

2. Writing your return address on envelopes a million times.

You are already planning to spend some substantial time addressing the envelopes to your guests, you don’t want to tack on another hour just for writing your own address repeatedly.  Get return address labels that match your theme or have your designer print you address directly on the front or back flap of the envelope.

3. Not enough postage.

You’ve heard it before, but this is a serious problem, people!  Take one complete invitation to the post office and have them weigh it and tell you how much postage is needed.  If you don’t, you risk getting a big stack of invites stamped “undeliverable” in a few days.  Oh, and if you have a square invite, that requires more postage, no matter the weight.

4. Incorrectly stuffed.

A good rule of thumb is the smallest components go on top, so your guest doesn’t miss them when they pull your invite out of hte envelope.  If your designer thinks differently, go with what they suggest.

5. For goodness sakes, don’t lick the envelopes!

Think of the paper cuts, and the icky glue, and the dry tounge … And don’t run out and buy an envelope sealer just for this, save yourselves a couple bucks and follow these steps.

Lay down a paper towl and place one open envelope on top. Run a damp (not wet) paper towl over the glue. Seal and move on!

6. You missed someone!

Make an Excel spreadsheet or a Google Spreadsheet of your guests’ names, addresses, phone number and which invite they recieve if you are sending out different versions.  Leave space to check off their name when you send them an invite, a space for when they RSVP and a space to check off that you’ve sent a thank you note.

7. The RSVP was returned without a name.

It’s actually pretty common: your guest marks that they are attending but doesn’t notice that they forgot to write their name before they mail back the RSVP. There are two ways to combat this.  First, you can write in the name on the RSVP card before sending it out.  Or, second, pencil in a tiny number in the corner of the RSVP that corresponds with a number on your guestlist. That way if you recieve a blank RSVP you can match it up with its owner.

8. Not everyone RSVPed.

It’s bound to happen that a percentage of guests will forget to RSVP.  It is completely polite to call them after the “please respond by” date and just double check if they plan to attend.  Not your style? Have your mom do it.


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