welcome back to the wedding course where

I'm helping you plan your dream wedding

with confidence so in today's video I

want to talk to you about invitations if

you aren't there yet don't worry I did a

previous video on save the dates go back

check that out on my youtube page now if

you are on invitations I just want to

give you a heads up to stay tuned to the

end of the video as I'm going to have

different examples on verbage and

wording go across the screen to kind of

give you layout ideas but in the

meantime let's get into the nitty-gritty

of wedding invitations and what should

go on them first know your wedding

invitations should go out six to eight

weeks prior to your wedding date and

that should give you plenty of time to

collect your RSVPs and figure out your

seating accounts now your invitations in

terms of layout the first thing is you

typically have a line that is an opening

after that you'll have your names these

days too if you'd like to start with

your parents and having your parents

inviting guests to be a part of their

children's wedding which is where your

name will go and you'll see all this in

the examples that's another option

something to keep in mind too as you are

putting your names on the invite do you

want to include your full first middle

and last name first name middle initial

last name if you have a Doctorate would

you like doctor and ms those are just

things to kind of keep in mind based on

how fancy if you're doing a black-tie

cocktail and all things to keep in mind

as you're putting together your

invitation so after you kind of have

that information on the invite you would

say something like we invite you to join

or we welcome your presence or we will

press the pleasure of your company and

then after that line you would have the

date and time typically we spell

everything out again this is up to you I

really believe that a wedding is about

you and your choice and reflecting your

personality so think about if you'd like

to spell things out completely or use

numbers instead of spelling things out

it's totally up to you and then you'll

have the time and

could say in the evening in the morning

but be sure to specify whether it's

evening or morning and then the location

so with the location put the full

address on the invitation because

sometimes Google Maps doesn't get things

right so it's helpful to give the full

address for everyone and you'll want to

say dinner and dancing or reception to

follow if there is more happening after

the ceremony because the invitation

really just kind of outlines the

ceremony and saying that there's a

reception to follow helps people

understand like okay they'll be dinner

they'll be dancing there's more to

happen better be ready to party and

really get a babysitter and then you'll

want to mention something about RSVP and

dress codes so you might remember but we

did a whole video on dress codes so if

you're not sure what you want to say

check out that video on our YouTube page

for additional information and ideas so

that's kind of the basic layout of your

invitation you can also have inserts so

one thing that insert is perfect for is

your wedding website or hotel

information or any details based on

etiquette we never put registry

information on the invitation so instead

put your wedding website on an extra

information card and guests know that

they can find any registry information

there and then you'll want to remember

to include an RSVP card with a

self-addressed stamped envelope to make

it easy for your guests to reply back so

a little tidbit that I want to share

with you is that how to address your

wedding invitations

I am constantly hearing from people can

I bring a guest can I bring a plus-one

well this is kind of a good way to lay

it out to dictate whether or not

somebody is allowed to so when you're

addressing the envelopes if you have a

couple it's pretty simple if they're

married mister and missus now if you

have a close friend and you really enjoy

the company of their partner their

girlfriend or boyfriend and you'd like

to invite them as well address that

envelope to both of them so that they

know they're both invited if you want to

allow somebody to bring a guest and you

don't know who you'll it'll be bringing

and you don't mind then address that to

so-and-so and guests giving them that

option if you don't want somebody to

bring a guest just addressed the

invitation to them and them alone and

follow the same etiquette with families

as well too so try to be as specific as

possible on that mailing envelope

speaking of mailing envelopes this is a

great tip of when you're putting

together your postage and mailing your

invites so first step put together a

complete invitation and then take that

to the post office and have it weighed

especially if you have multiple pieces

going into that invitation you want to

make sure that it's not too heavy or

that you're putting the right amount of

postage on the envelope because heaven

forbid you get hundreds of invites

coming back because you didn't put on

enough postage so have them weigh it and

then put your postage based on that and

then when it's time to mail your

invitations if you do have something

that's a little bit more delicate and

sensitive you'll want to actually take

it to the post office and ask them to

hand stamp all of the envelopes and what

that means is basically when envelopes

are mailed they go through a machine and

they're rolled through this thin machine

and it leaves rubber marks and it's not

clean when it's hand stamped the hand

stamp each envelope which preserves your

invitation and keeps it as clean as

possible so that's another little tip I

like to share with my couples so if you

have any questions comment below I

promise to get back to you stick around

for a couple more seconds so that you

can see those visual examples of

different types of layout and wording

for your invitations because I find it's

easier to see it all laid out in front

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