How soon do we send out our wedding invitations?
Typically, invitations should be sent 3-4 months before the wedding. This allows your guests plenty of time to RSVP. If you are eager to send the invitations sooner, or have a lot of out of town guests, it’s not uncommon to send your invitations 4-6 months before the wedding. If you are having a destination wedding (i.e. Mexico), we recommend sending your invitations 6-12 months in advance so that your guests have time to plan and save if necessary.
How many Invitations should I order?
We recommend ordering one invitation per couple or family. A good quantity estimate is half of your guest list, plus a few extras. The invitation quantity question on the form is just an estimate for now, you can give an exact number when placing a formal order for your invitations. Make sure you include yourself in the guest list so that you have an invitation as a keepsake.
Should we have our guests RSVP by mail or email/phone?
More and more couples are now moving in the direction of email/phone/website RSVP options. It is easier for most guests to reply electronically and it saves you on postage. Most couples who ask for replies via email, also offer a phone number for older guests that might not be comfortable responding online or email. If you prefer the more traditional route of mail, you should put a stamp on the RSVP envelope/postcard for your guests.
Should we provide our guests with accommodation information?
If you have a lot of out of town guests, or you are getting married in a location where all or most of your guests will need to stay overnight, you might want to recommend accommodations for them. Most hotels will set aside a block of rooms at a discounted rate for your guests. The information you would include is hotel name, address, reservation phone number, booking reference if applicable (usually it is the couples last name i.e. “smith/brown wedding”), book by date and rates if you decide to include them.
Can I put my invitations together myself?
Unfortunately, no. All invitations designs are copy written material of Glimpz and we take pride in the integrity of the finished product.
Is it appropriate to ask for monetary gifts or include my registry information on my invitation?
It is generally not proper etiquette to include your registry or request monetary gifts on invitations. Word of mouth through friends and family is the best way to inform your guests. With that said, many people still choose to include their registries in the invitation.
Should we include our parent's names on our invitation?
If you are following the rules of etiquette, parent’s names should be included on your invitation if they are paying for some or all of the wedding. If parents are not helping financially, but you would still like to include them, that’s fine too. You can so something simple like “together with our parents/families” or have their actual names.
Do any of your invitations require extra postage?
All of our invitations sizes are within the regular postage rates. However, depending on the number of pages or inserts, the weight can go over the 30 gram weight maximum for one stamp. In most cases, pocket invitations will be heavier than 30 grams and will require additional postage.
Can my invitation be written in more than one language?
Yes, we can include additional languages if you are able to provide the translation. In the event that the translated characters are not compatible with our programs (i.e. Chinese), translations must be provided in PDF format.
What is the correct format for addressing the envelopes?
When creating your address list, we recommend using full names instead of abbreviations. (i.e. Alberta instead of AB and Street not St.) The following is the suggested format for your addresses. This is only a recommendation; if we are addressing your envelopes the addresses will appear on the envelope exactly as you send them.
John and Sarah Jacobson
451 Tuscany Crescent N.W.
Can we “request the honour of your presence” when we aren’t getting married in a church?
If you want to use proper etiquette, then the phrase “requests the honour of your presence” should only be used when you are getting married in a church. Even though not everyone follows this rule of thumb, it is tradition when you are having a church ceremony. A marriage carried out by a Justice of the Peace or outside of a church could use the phrases “invite you to celebrate” or “request the pleasure of your company” in order to stay away from the formal church ceremony invite.