One of the most important decisions you will make when planning an event is the invitation. Although I have been guilty of sending electronic invitations in the past, I am partial to handmade, paper invitations. Think of sending out invitations like making a first impression: you only get one chance. Search for an invitation that matches the theme of your event. This will save you time by narrowing down your choices. It also gives your guests a preview of what your event will be like.
What should be included on the invitation?
~Purpose of the invitation (wedding, birthday party, grand opening, etc.)
~Name of the Honoree
~Day and Date
~Name of the venue
When should invitations be sent?
Wedding: 6 t0 8 weeks in advance
Formal dinner: 3 to 6 weeks prior
Informal dinner: from a few days away to 6 weeks prior
Cocktail party: 2 to 4 weeks in advance
Anniversary party: 3 to 6 weeks prior
Christmas party: 1 month in advance
Graduation party: 3 weeks prior
Bon Voyage party: last minute to 3 weeks in advance
Housewarming: from a few days to 3 weeks prior
Lunch or tea party: from a few days to 2 weeks prior
*If you have guests who will be travelling from out of town for a wedding, then save-the-date cards should be mailed 6 months in advance.*
I want to know, how will you be inviting your guests to your next event? Electronic invites or mailed: comment below and let me know.