Wedding Planning 101: Invites

 

These days there are so many options when it comes to wedding invitations! The process can be a bit overwhelming as there are soooo many sites that honestly are very similar. I took my time to look at the various websites and eventually decided on Minted. I thought the variety was amazing and ,after a lot of browsing, I stumbled upon a design that was perfect for our backyard fete! There are hundreds of designs to choose from, and Minted actually tells you the artist behind each one! Which I think is great considering these talented people’s work will be going out to all of your most loved family and friends!

One of my favorite things about Minted was the Address Assistant. I was able to upload my entire guest book and have the addresses printed directly on the envelopes. It was so simple! When I purchased, this service was a free addition! Also you can purchase options like personalized stamps, etc which I definitely took advantage of!

Minted also includes services such as free samples sent to you to help you make your decision, and a free wedding website! Wedding websites are all the rage right now, because it offers a place for all the details that would ordinarily clutter up your invites. You can post directions from the airport, accommodations, other wedding weekend events, and of course where the happy couple is registered.

So now that we have the easy part out of the way… Let’s talk about the not so easy part… deciding who will get your adorable invitations.

The guest list might be one of the hardest parts of planning a wedding which is why, as explained here, my fiancé and I decided on a big BBQ where we didn’t have to worry about condensing the guest list. But, that certainly isn’t for everyone, and trust me I love a good formal wedding.

So, here are my tips for making a wedding GUEST LIST

  1. Write a list of EVERYONE you would like to invite in a perfect world where budget and space weren’t a factor. And do this separately from your fiancé.
  2. Ask the parents, on both sides, to send you a list of those whom they would like to be invited to the celebration. This step is important because often times there will be people on this list that you may not have thought of, but may be important to the parents. And… after all they just spent the last 20+ years raising you and should probably have some input on who gets to be there.
  3. Compile your list, your fiancé’s list, and the parents’ lists for a total head count.
  4. Start venue shopping. If you fall in love with a venue that fits only half your guest list, like we did, you will have to weigh your options and decide what’s most important to you and your fiancé.
  5. Talk seriously about a budget… your venue may hold 300 people but at X amount of dollars per guest, this may also be a limiting factor in your decision.
  6. Make a decision on a venue/budget and the coordinating number of guests. The general rule of thumb is that about 25% will RSVP “no” to your at-home wedding, and if it’s a destination add 10% to that figure.
  7. Start cutting… at this point you know exactly how many people you can have. Next, you need to look at your compiled list and start crossing off those who aren’t as important. I know, it’s no fun… but it’s the reality of planning a wedding. Start with those friends you may not have spoken to in a while. Then move on to your 3rd cousins that Aunt Agnes insists on inviting (she’ll understand), and finally people like co-workers who you may not have known that long. If they’ve ever had to plan a wedding, they will understand!
  8. Lastly, cross your fingers and hope some people can’t make it so that your head count is right where you need it to be!

I hope you all have found this guide helpful! Remember to relax and enjoy the process, it goes by so quickly!

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*This post was in no way sponsored, this is my own personal experience and opinion.

 

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