Weddings these days are changing and it’s likely that your wedding will be one of the most enjoyable and memorable days of your life. At the same time, it can also be incredibly stressful. Much of this stress stems from a lack of time and organisation, which is crucial when planning something so complex. Planning ahead with wedding cards can be really helpful when it comes time to organize all the finer details of your wedding, while also reducing stress in the final weeks leading up to the big occasion. So, let’s have a look at all the things you should know about wedding cards.
What are wedding invitations?
Some see them as an unnecessary expense, while others see them as vital. Their purpose is to notify your guests well in advance as to the specific day and time of your upcoming nuptials. At this stage, you likely haven’t organised much, if anything at all. All you have locked in is a day and a venue. This ensures that your guests have adequate notice and time to plan their transport to the venue and other considerations.
When do I send them?
There is no rule as to when you have to send your wedding cards, however, a general rule of thumb is somewhere between four to six months before the day. You’ll probably want to start looking for a design you like a few weeks before mailing them out, giving you adequate time to pick out a suitable design.
Why should I even consider them?
There are many benefits of wedding cards. Firstly, you’re giving yourself a little bit of extra time to get your actual invitations out there. Notifying your guests well in advance of your upcoming marriage will ensure that they have time to make arrangements, meaning there’s a greater chance that ALL of your close family and friends will be able to attend.
Secondly, wedding invitations allow you to do something different and show a bit of personality. Chances are your actual wedding cards will be polished, proper and formal, depending on how you approach your wedding ceremony. But it’s important to show your guests a bit more of you and your partner’s personalities. You want to create a fun atmosphere at your wedding and having some casual wedding invitations could be the perfect way to start building that environment to make your guests feel more at home.
Thirdly, they don’t have to match your wedding invitations. In fact, they can be really different in design and style. Their purpose is to help you choose what type of wedding mood you wish to create and which colours and styles you want to use on your actual invitations.
Who should I send them to?
If you’re not on a tight budget and are willing to spend the cash, it’s best to just send them out to all of your prospective guests. However, if this isn’t the case, consider sending them to your guests that may live far away or are isolated. Give them plenty of time to prepare and make suitable arrangements. Not only will they appreciate it, but it’s also cost effective on your end.
What are my options?
There is a variety of ways of creating your wedding cards. You can go the online approach, which will allow you to refine and change the colour scheme and style. If you’re strapped for time, however, you can pop into any stationery store and they’ll have a catalogue of pre-designed options. Finally, if you want to personalize your envelopes, you can work with a designer to ensure that you get exactly what you want.