When planning your wedding, deciding what invitations to send is one of the first big decisions you will have to make. The proper wedding invitation will set the tone for the entire wedding. Are you planning a formal or informal wedding? A lavish affair, or a casual get together? Often there is no need to explicitly state such a thing on your invitations; you can relay the message simply by choosing wedding invitations which reflect the style, theme, and tone of your wedding. There are a variety of ways to add personality to your wedding invitations. Adding ribbon, trinkets and photographs to your invitations are all ways to express your personality and the type of ceremony you are planning.
There are some extra stationery things that are required when ordering invitations. RSVP cards are required if couples are having a sit down dinner. Couples need to know the guest count to figure out how much food to order. It is no longer tradition to pay for postage for guests to send the RSVP card back to the couple. Send invitations early to give guests plenty of notice about the wedding. They should be sent out at least two months before the wedding and no more than four months before. Make the RSVP date between four and six weeks before the wedding. This helps you know exactly how many guests will show up.