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5 Tips for your Wedding Invitations

When it comes to planning your wedding day, there can be a lot to do! Whether you're doing this solo or you've got some help {ahem, I have some awesome friendors who would love to help!} here are my tips for your wedding invitations!

Mir Salgado {who is a total gem} asked me to chat with her Instagram audience about my 5 Wedding Invitation Tips so if you're someone who likes to watch or read, I've got the best of both worlds for ya!

1. Establish your guest list.

Before you start any serious planning, you've got to have a general estimate on how many people you want to invite! This will determine the size venue you'll need, the amount of food, beverages, favors, etc. My best advice is to use a google sheet to track in columns the names, addresses, and email addresses if possible!

You will reference this list for MANY things such as your invitations, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, thank you cards, and more! I still reference mine all the time to send out birthday cards and special announcements.

2. When do I send out my invitations?

This is a GREAT question and depends if your wedding is considered a "destination wedding" or a local one. A destination wedding is when most of your guest list will need to travel to attend. For example, if you and most of your guests live in Florida, but you're saying, "I do!" on a mountain top in Colorado... that's a destination wedding. I'm going to give you some date ranges and if your wedding is local, you can use the smaller number and if your wedding is a destination, you can use the larger number – got it? 💁‍♀️

Your Save The Dates should go out 6-9 months prior to the wedding.

Your Wedding invitations should go out 3-6 months prior to the wedding.

*TIP: You’ll need to know the date that your guests need to reply by. Confirm with your venue and/or caterer on when they need a final head count!

3. How do I word my invitations?

Invitation wording, per etiquette, depends on who is "paying" for the wedding. You may be saying, "My family is so twisted!" or "We are fronting the bill," or "It's a group effort!" No problem, friend! You can head over to this blog post to read more about that! I’ve got a 2 page handout over there you can reference.

4. I want my invitations to stand out!

I hear ya, sister. There are a few fun elements you can add to your invitations to spice them up! Current trends include envelope liners, calligraphy addressing, belly bands, ribbon and vellum.

Custom watercolor invitation suite with envelope liner.

Custom watercolor invitation suite with vellum overlay.

Ribbon tied around the invitation | Anna & Leland Gordon's 2018 Wedding

5. Always order extra invitations!

Make sure you order extra invitations for the extra people you may have forgotten {they will pop up!} and ESPECIALLY for your photographer and/or videographer! They love to capture the details of your special day and you’ll love how they put all the details together!

There you have it – 5 tips for your wedding invitations! If you have ANY other questions that I didn't cover, let a girl know! You can either leave a comment or send me an email at



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Angela Roberts
Angela Roberts
Oct 14, 2019

WOW, Amanda Burton, this guide is brilliant! I'm surprised that I haven't heard of it before. I'm so grateful that I stopped by here for a moment to read this article and your comment. Lucky me!


Amanda Burton
Amanda Burton
Oct 09, 2019

Very useful tips, thank you! A wedding should be special for sure so I needed help with organization, my friend recommended me this irreplaceable guide by George Holmes ‘How To Prepare A Perfect Wedding” ( found it here: ) This wedding book is by far the best!

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