Southern Alberta's wedding, honeymoon and special occasion
planning website offers tips and information for planning your special
Useful wedding advice,
tips, questions for planning your
Usually invitations should be mailed six to eight weeks in advance of your
wedding date. Exceptions are if you are planning a destination wedding or if
you're expecting a large number of out of town guests. Eight weeks in
advance of your wedding date is suitable to give your guests enough time to make
In general, avoid abbreviations. Professional title should be spelled out
(Doctor). Exceptions: Mr., Mrs., Jr.) Words such as street should be spelled out
in full, and avoid contractions in your wording.
If you prefer electronic mail
to mailing out paper invitations, you could also use this method of
communication to save on both time and cost.
It is considered poor etiquette to include registry information on your wedding
invitation. It is better to pass on this information by word of mouth.
Publishing your registry information on your wedding website is perfectly
If you don't want to receive wedding gifts, as is often the case with a
second-time bridge or groom, this information should be shared by word of mouth
Black ink is generally used for formal events, but different colors can be used
to match your wedding color scheme.
Choosing a printing style will vary, depending on your budget, the formality of
your event, and your personal taste. Choices include: engraving, thermography,
lithography, laser, and handwritten.
Engraving: Most formal, oldest printing
style, raised print appearance, most expensive
Thermography: Similar to engraved, raised
lettering appearance, shinier, glossy finish, less expensive than engraved
Lithography: Flat print, most widely used
for wedding invitations, less expensive than above methods
Laser: Similar to lithography, cost
effective, can print on home laser printer or at a shop
Handwritten: Adds a personal touch, least
A helpful time-saving tip is to assign a number next to each name on your guest
list and then pencil in the same number on the back of the reply card.
When you receive back a reply card that is illegible or blank, you can find out
who sent the reply card by matching the number on the back of the card with
those on your guest list.