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11 Practical Tips for Sending the Perfect Wedding Invitations

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With so many things to do while planning your wedding, it's easy to overlook some pretty important details when it comes to your invites. That’s why we’ve partnered with The Wedding Shop by Shutterfly to tackle 11 practical tips for sending the perfect wedding invitations. Following these tips will help ensure you cover all of your wedding bases. As you get a stationery education, you'll be visually stimulated by so many gorgeous options. With The Wedding Shop, you'll be able to find beautiful wedding invites that perfectly express your style, and work for any budget.

We know you're going to flip over their luxe collection, shimmer card stock , fun trims and gorgeous accent pieces. One of our favorites is the rose gold Dipped Love Modest Wedding Invites (as seen above). Which, by the way, also comes in a beautiful gold and silver as well.  Now, before you zoom on over to The Wedding Shop and start perusing all the designs, we urge you to scroll down and read the 11 tips to keep your invitations on point. These will save you time money, headaches and a whole lot of hassle. 

1. Proofread. Proofread. Proofread

Rose gold wedding invites from Shutterfly

Triple check that everything on your invite is correct. You can take a screen shot of everything completed before ordering. On a PC, the screenshot key is typically located in the upper-right corner of your keyboard to capture a screenshot of your entire display. On a Mac, press Shift-Command-4 at the same time. Send these to your partner, mom and maid of honor to review before ordering. The last thing you want to do is re-order your invites. Below are common typos to look for.

1. Are your names and parents name spelled correctly?
2. Does the wording make sense?
3. Is the address location correct?

Once you've made sure your invitations are free of typos and ready to print, you can get to ordering. How simple and striking are the Dipped Love Modest Wedding Invitations above? These are part of the  premium Wedding Paper Divas collection. These designs are foil-stamped cards, which have real foil. When a guest opens their invite, they'll notice right away how the foil stamp catches the sunlight. Definitely impressive.

Couples also have the ability to go one step further and completely customize their invites to match their color palette (indicated by the color wheel on site).

Shop: Dipped Love Modest Wedding Invitations

2. Be sure to order a details card


We've heard that a lot of guests neglect to look at the wedding website until a few days before the wedding. They might miss crucial details! For instance, the ceremony and the reception maybe at different locations and guests who didn't peruse your wedding website will not have a clue.

Another big one is where to park, a discount code for a block of rooms or that there will be a shuttle from the hotel to the wedding. Add important information like these to your details card.  Of course, all this information will also be covered on your wedding website.

rose gold detail card

The Wedding Shop makes it incredibly easy to coordinate your wedding stationery. Coordinating Save the Dates, Invites, RSVPs, Enclosures and Day of Wedding stationery so your theme can come to life as well as have all of the most pertinent information for your guests. 

Shop: Dipped Love Modest Enclosure Card

3. order Your Thank-You cards earlY

rose gold thank you cards

After you register for your wedding and send out your wedding invitation, gifts will likely start arriving.  Order your thank-you cards at the same time as your wedding invitations and write and send them as gifts arrive. It's a time saver in the long run and saves you from having an overwhelming stack of thank-yous to write the day after a relaxing honeymoon!

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4. send your wedding invitations in plenty of time

romantic wedding invitations

Your guests received your save the date, but they are still waiting for that formal invitation to arrive to make final arrangements. Who knows, you may have changed your wedding date and wedding location. If your wedding is local, send out your invitations 8 weeks before your wedding date. If you plan on having a destination wedding, wait no more than 12 weeks prior to sending.

Shop: Diamond Blossoms Wedding invitations

We love the feeling of romance and elegance we get from these floral invitations. The soft colors and gold foil will dazzle your guests.

5. address the envelopes correctly

how to properly address your envelopes

How you address the outer envelope will indicate who is invited. On that note, double check that your guests names and addresses are spelled correctly. Nothing is worse than seeing your name spelled wrong.

Below is a quick guide to addressing your wedding invite.

If you would like your guest to bring a date simply sate their name "and guest"
If you would like your guest to fly solo - address the envelope to just them - Miss. Macy Brown
Want a child free wedding? Address the envelope to just the parents – Mr. and Mrs. Fitz
Bring the whole family! Address the envelope to The Fitz Family

6. Be considerate when printing your actual start time

Delightful Blooms Wedding Invitations

We know that you want to give your late and lost guests plenty of time to arrive and find their seats. However, you also don't want them waiting over an hour to see you walk down the aisle. The start time should be no more than 45 minutes before you plan on making your grand entrance.

Shop: Delightful Blooms Wedding Invitations

P.S. We are in so love with the floral designs we've showcased in the suite above. From the envelope liner to the corresponding RSVP card, they create a stunning visual presentation any bride would be thrilled to send. 

7. Order your Menus in advance

Delightful Blooms wedding menu from Shutterfly

Once you finalize your wedding menu with the caterer, order your wedding menus straight away. There is so much going on that you may forget this detail. The Wedding Shop has an array of on-trend wedding menus that will correlate perfectly with your wedding stationery. The rustic stunner above is Delightful Blooms and comes in a variety of colors.

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8. order extra wedding invitations 

gemstone wedding invites

We suggest that you order more invitations than you anticipate needing. It is less expensive to order more invitations in the initial order than it is to create an entire new order. But if you’re in a bind (like most brides), The Wedding Shop by Shutterfly will always save your projects for you, allowing you to easily reorder if needed.  

gold and purple wedding invite

Shop: Opulent Lines Wedding Invitations

This on-trend wedding suite offers a modern look with the classic addition of gold foil, we are totally in.

9. Follow these RSVP tips

geo response cards

1. Make it easy for guests to let you know if they can attend. Give them an online option as well as a traditional response card.

2. You're going to want to give the cater an accurate head count. In order to do this, request that all RSVP cards arrive two weeks prior to your event. 

3. Make one person in charge of collecting the response cards, and be sure to use their address on the self addressed return RSVP envelope.

4. Be sure to place a stamp on the response envelope. Guests are more inclined to drop it in the mail if they don't have to hunt for a stamp.

Shop: Opulent Lines Response Cards

10. order address labels

address labels

Instead of writing your address 105 times, save some time and order custom address labels for the main envelope. If someone else (like your Mom) is in charge of accepting the response cards, order additional labels with her address. Use these to place on your return response cards.

Shop: Opulent Lines Address Labels

11. order extra envelopes

watercolor wedding invites from Shutterfly

Trust me you are going to make mistakes, be sure to order at least 25 extra envelopes. Like the invitations, you are going to want to order more envelopes than you anticipate.

We hope these eleven tips are useful and give you an eyeful of the beautiful offerings from The Wedding Shop. Experience the quality of their stationery with a free sample kit, shipped to you at no cost. You'll receive a selection of invitation samples, allowing you to experience the quality of the paper, the exquisite designs as well as their luxe printing techniques. Get your free sample kit today!

This post is sponsored by The Wedding Shop by Shutterfly. Discover everything you need to create, share and remember your big day, all in one place.

Shop: Lavish Laurel Wedding Invitations

watercolor wedding invitaion

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