Ordering Your Wedding Invitations

There’s lots of details to consider when it comes to your wedding stationery; in fact choosing your favourite invitation suite might feel like the easy bit! If you’re starting to feel a little bit overwhelmed by it all, this is the first post in a series that I hope you’ll find really helpful. They’re not all written yet, so if there’s anything you’d like me to cover in future posts I’d love to hear from you.

There are a few questions about invitations that crop up all the time, so that seems like a good place to start...

How Many Invitations Do We Need?

  • Quite possibly, not as many as you might think; you only need one invitation per household or per couple, not one per person.
  • A good rule of thumb when budgeting is that you’ll need around 2/3 as many invitations as names on your guest list.
  • Always check thisagainst your finalised guest list before you order though - if you’re inviting lots of single friends you might need more, if your guest list is predominately family groups, you might need fewer.
  • Always order a few more than you think you’ll need. Getting a second batch of invitations printed can prove to be very costly, and may not always be possible at short notice.  With a few spares in hand, any spelling mistakes or late additions to the guest list don’t become a drama, and you’ll have one to keep as a memento or for your photographer to capture.
photography credit:  Bethany Stanley

photography credit: Bethany Stanley


What Should We Include With Our Invitations?

There’s lots of elements you might wish to include in your invitation suite and it’s entirely up to you which ones you feel are appropriate. Here’s a few to consider:

  • RSVP cards are incredibly useful for collecting replies. Including envelopes printed with your address to pop them in makes life really easy for your guests; you could even put stamps on them all so there’s absolutely no excuses!
  • Including a map or directions is a nice touch to help guests find you. As sat-navs are so common, It’s by no means a necessity.
  • Menus are a good idea to include if you’re offering guests a choice of meals. This way you can collect people’s choices along with their RSVPs.
  • Information cards can include any important details such as dress code, requests about confetti and photography, parking, or details of accommodation.
  • If you’re having a gift list, you may wish to include a separate card with details.
  • Consider belly bands or ribbon to keep everything neatly together if your invitation packs include a few separate elements.
  • You might prefer to simply send a beautiful invitation card by itself and direct guests to a website which you can keep updated with details as you have them.
photography credit:  Bethany Stanley

photography credit: Bethany Stanley


When Should We Order?

Conventional wisdom says that you should order your invitations around six months prior to your wedding. However every wedding is planned to a slightly different timescale, so don’t treat this as gospel. Bear in mind any deadlines you might have for confirming final guest numbers and work back from there. My best advice is to order once you’ve got the necessary details in place:

  • Finalised guest list (separated into day and evening if appropriate).
  • Confirmed dates and times at ceremony and reception venues. Don't give the go ahead to print until these are absolutely definite!
  • Any extra information, such as menu options, that you want to include with the invitations.

If you’re planning a destination wedding, or have far-flung guests, the sooner you can send out invitations the better. Guests may need to book time off work, travel and accommodation many months in advance.


I hope this has helped to clarify things. If you have any specific queries though, feel free to drop me a line and I’ll do my very best to help. The next post is all about wording your invitations, sign up for emails below to make sure you don’t miss anything!