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How many invitations?
You should allow one invitation per family, including a courtesy one for the groom’s parents and the minister/registrar and his/her partner. If you are inviting young adults (over the age of 16) who still live with their parents, they might be grateful for a separate invitation. Also include family and friends who you may already know cannot come, but who would appreciate receiving an invitation, such as an elderly grandparent.
Don’t forget to order a spare twenty or so to allow for mistakes when writing them and for any extra guests you may decide to ask at a later date.
When should I order them?
You will need to order the invitations at least three months in advance, or as long as possible in advance, and as soon as you have a good idea of numbers. The printing process can take time, and you’ll need to scrutinize the proofs for errors very carefully. Corrections should be made for free at this stage, unless it was your mistake.
When should I send out invitations?
Send out your invitations at least six weeks before the wedding. The average amount of time is between ten and twelve weeks before the big day.
You will need to record responses as they arrive, and potentially send out further invitations to people on the reserve list, if numbers permit. Don’t leave this too late, as some people might be offended if it’s obvious they were second choice.