8-12 months ahead
SAVE THE DATE
Once you have a wedding date and venue booked, it’s recommended that you notify your guests asap. This can either be electronically or with a printed card. For destination weddings that involve travel, there should be at least 12 months notice.
4-6 months ahead
FORMAL WEDDING INVITATION
The process of getting invitations custom designed and printed can be a lengthy process. It’s best to order your invitations at least 6 months prior and aim to send them out 4 months before the wedding. This is why a save the date is encouraged.
1-2 months ahead
Once you have finalised the guest list and wedding details, we can begin designing the additional items such as place cards, seating charts, menus, order of service and signage. Please remember to allow ample time for printing and shipping.
Bilingual invitations can be technically tricky but not impossible. We've worked on bilingual invitations before (as pictured above) and thankfully nothing was lost in translation. If you can supply us with the exact text, we may be able to assist you.
One thing to consider is that unfortunately there are very limited accessible font choices for different languages other than English. A lot of the fancier script fonts for example will not support special characters. One way to get around this is to hire an actual letterer/calligrapher to write out the words you'd like and we can scan that in and place it into the design.
Please don't hesitate to contact us if you would like to see if we can help you with your bilingual invitations, we'd love to try and help you out!
SO. MUCH. PANIC. Unfortunately these things do happen and usually at the last minute too.
This happened to my cousin a few years ago, the reception venue cancelled last minute and she had to find another venue to host 300+ guests within a small timeframe before the wedding. After a lot of panicking and stress she found another venue and we created a notice card and sent it out to all the guests. The good news is everyone got the memo and turned up at the right place - mission accomplished.
From my experience the best way to tackle this is to:
1) Send a physical notice and;
2) Send a digital notice via messaging and/or email and ask people to reply as acknowledgement.
You can even take it one step further by creating a Facebook event with the changes and ask people to RSVP on that.
Touch wood that this happens to you, but for clients of The Hello Bureau I am more than happy to design a complimentary notice card for you (printing is separate but I can assist you with that if required.) Even if it has been months since your invitations went out, just contact me and we'll get the notices out ASAP!
Having your guest names printed directly onto the invitation will certainly clear up any confusion as to who is invited to your wedding. However if you feel it is not necessary to personalise each invitation, here's the other way to avoid awkward situations of people attending with an uninvited guest.
You can simply address the envelope with the names of your intended guests and hope that common sense is prevalent. Most times it gets the message across and if your guests are unsure they will contact you. Some couples add text such as "strictly invites only" or "no kids" to the RSVP. If you are inviting a guest that may bring a partner but you're unsure of their name, you can add "and guest" (although I personally think it's nicer to find out their name - especially if they are coming to your wedding!)
We provide the service of personalising your invitations with guest names so just let us know in the consultation if this is something you are after.