You will want to decide if you will include the reception
information on the invitation itself or include an additional
reception card that includes the time and location of the
wedding. When opting for a reception card, most brides will
also include maps to both the ceremony location and banquet
hall if they are different. You can have a Hamilton printer do
these for you, or simply print your own at home by using
Google Maps or Mapquest for proper directions and maps.
One of the key components of your wedding invitations is the
response card. Response cards should be included with
every invitation along with a reply envelope with postage. Most
response cards require that you indicate your attendance and
number of guests, some even include an option to choose
your entrée if the venue has several to offer. This helps them
prepare ahead of time and order the appropriate goods.
Traditionally wedding invitations and response cards (and any
other information going with the invitations) should be ordered
about 4 months in advance. You can send them out eight
weeks prior to your wedding. RSVP date is up to you, but two
weeks before the wedding is standard. This way you have
time to get your final numbers to the banquet hall or caterer in
plenty of time. In addition, thank you cards should be ordered
with the invitations.
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Wedding invitations send a message out to the world…YOU
are getting married! There are numerous stationary shops and
printers in Hamilton, Burlington and Oakville, which make
finding wedding invitations a breeze.
Tip: First Impressions
Invitations set the tone for your
wedding and should reflect the
type of event. Black tie affair?
Think classic and elegant
invitations. Beach wedding? Opt
for colourful and casual invites.
Trend: RSVP by e-mail
While not as popular among
older guests, younger guests
are opting for this quick and easy
Tight budget? Make your
invitations at home by hand with
scrapbooking materials, or by
using a computer, printer and
great stationary from a local
office supply or stationary store
Trend: Thank you cards
Thank you cards featuring a
photo of the couple on the Many
Hamilton photographers offer this
service, just ask.
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service and identify the bride and groom's family, bridal party members, and anyone
speaking or reading at the service. Again, programs can be done through a printer or on
Menu cards are a great addition and outline the meal for your guests when they arrive. Most
banquet halls and caters will provide these, but be sure to double check if this is something
you really want. If not, again you have the option of going with a printer or doing them
Place Cards and Table Numbers
Place cards outline where your guests will be seated during dinner. You will have made the
seating arrangements ahead of time so you (or more likely a friend that is not in the wedding
party) will just need to ensure that the cards are set up before your guests arrive. Most
banquet halls will have the tables numbered for you but this minor detail becomes very
important on the big day. Confirm with your site that the tables will be numbered.
Thank You Cards
As a rule, thank you cards are sent out up to six weeks after the honeymoon, thanking your
guests for their presence during your special day and for any gifts you might have received. If
you are not going a honeymoon right away, then it is customary to send them six weeks after
the wedding. A handwritten note in each is a nice touch with a special message for the
guests (along with a thank you for a special gift).
As you can see there are a lot of decisions to make when it comes to choosing your wedding
invitations. A well thought out budget and plan of what you would like to include is a great
starting point. Once your decisions are made and the orders are placed, then you can sit
back, relax and enjoy this amazing time!