The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Invitations and Paper: A Fresh Perspective

There's something magical about receiving wedding invitations or save the dates in the mail. The excitement as you open them, read the details, and mark your calendar is unparalleled. But have you ever thought about...

There's something magical about receiving wedding invitations or save the dates in the mail. The excitement as you open them, read the details, and mark your calendar is unparalleled. But have you ever thought about the other side of wedding invitations? Planning them can be a whole other world. From the number of invitations needed to the wording and budget, there's a lot to consider. That's why we've put together this complete guide to wedding invitations and paper.

5 Details You Need to Know Before Ordering Your Wedding Invitations

Not sure where to start? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are 5 important details you need to consider:

1. Your Wedding Date

Your wedding date is the most crucial information to include on your wedding invitations. Before designing or ordering anything, make sure your date is officially locked in. Trust us, you don't want any last-minute changes.

2. Location and Start Times

Once the date is set, determine the location and start times for both the ceremony and reception. It's essential to have these details confirmed before placing your invitation order. If you're unsure about the ceremony site or times, hold off on ordering invitations but go ahead with save the date cards.

3. How to Word Personal Information

Figuring out how to word your names, your partner's name, and your parents' names on the invitations can be tricky. Traditional wedding invitation wording usually includes the parents' names if they are hosting. However, if you're hosting the wedding yourselves, keep it simple and omit any mention of parents. Remember, there are no hard rules, so feel free to personalize it to your liking.

4. Total Number of Invitations

The number of invitations you'll need depends on your guest list. Be mindful of couples or families sharing an address, as you only need to send one invitation per household. Always order a few extras to account for mishaps, errors, and late invitees. Additionally, keep in mind that you might want to keep a set for yourself as a cherished keepsake.

5. Your Budget

Wedding invitations and stationery typically make up 2% to 5% of your overall wedding budget. This includes save-the-dates, invitations, postage, and other related items. Be conscious of your budget and track your expenses accordingly.

Save the Dates

Save the dates serve two purposes: letting your guests know they're invited and giving a glimpse into your wedding day. You can keep save the dates simple, including only the basic information like your names, wedding date, and general location. Have fun with the design and feel free to match them to your invitation suite.

When Should You Order Save the Dates?

For local weddings, send save the dates about 6 months in advance. For destination weddings, send them about 8-12 months before the big day. Ordering save the dates 2-3 weeks beforehand is a safe bet to ensure they arrive in a timely manner.

Wedding Invitations

Wedding invitations are more detailed and complex than save the dates. They provide all the necessary information about your wedding. Matching your wedding invitations to your save the dates and other stationery is a popular choice. At Zola, we offer customizable wedding invitations with hundreds of stunning templates and designs to choose from.

How to Choose Wedding Invitations?

When selecting wedding invitations, consider your personal style and preferences. You can opt for pre-designed templates or upload your own design for a truly custom look. Customize the size, foil, shape, paper type, and other details to make it unique.

How to Address Your Wedding Invitations?

Once your guest list is finalized, it's time to address your invitations. Use full names instead of nicknames and avoid abbreviations for formal titles. If including children, address them by name. Be sure to triple-check spelling and addresses for accuracy.

When Should You Order Wedding Invitations?

It's best to order wedding invitations earlier than you think. Plan backward from your wedding date and allow 6-8 weeks for invitations to arrive in your guests' mailboxes. Consider adding a firm RSVP date and track responses using a tool like our Guest List Tool.

Wedding Event and Party Invitations

Aside from the main wedding, there are other events leading up to it that deserve their own invitations. Engagement parties, bridal showers, and bachelor/bachelorette parties require separate invitations. You can find matching or complementary styles to keep your wedding stationery cohesive.

Day-of Paper

Don't forget about the paper needs for your wedding day itself. Items like menus, ceremony programs, table numbers, and place cards are essential. Check with your venue to see if they provide day-of paper, or create your own to match your existing designs.

Thank You Notes

Order your wedding thank you notes ahead of time to have them ready when you feel grateful and ready to share your gratitude. You can also choose to include a photo from your wedding day on the thank you notes for a personal touch.

Wedding Invitation Suite

A complete wedding invitation suite consists of various components, including the wedding invitation itself, RSVP card, accommodation cards, itinerary cards, attire cards, reception cards, map/directions cards, meal selection cards, song request cards, belly bands, and inner and outer envelopes. Consider including thank you cards as part of your suite.

The world of wedding invitations may seem overwhelming, but it should be fun and exciting. At Zola, we're here to support you every step of the way. From customizable designs to helpful tools, we have everything you need to create the perfect wedding invitations and paper.