When preparing for a wedding, wedding invitations are very important. This is the best and easiest way to get the word out that you are getting hitched and by including response cards, you will be able to get a head count. Since one of the biggest expenses at a wedding reception can be the food, it is extremely important that you have a head count. By getting out the wedding invitation in a timely manner, you have a good chance of knowing for sure who will be coming so that you can prepare accordingly.
Another reason that wedding invitations are so helpful is because of the information that they give to guests. Typically the invitation will include not only the location of the ceremony, but also the parents of the couple, the date and time of the ceremony, and the location and time of the reception. Often people will enclose a response card with a stamped envelope to send back to the couple. This makes it easier for the couple to get a head count for the reception.
Wedding invitations also provide information about the formality and theme of the wedding. The formality of the wedding is relayed based on how formal the wedding invitations are and the theme of the wedding is relayed based on the colors, style, descriptions, and any added graphics on the wedding invitations.
Other things that people like to include in the wedding invitations are directions or maps to the ceremony and reception and information on where the couple is registered. By providing directions and maps people will find the places more easily and the couple doesn't have to worry about receiving phone calls from people who are lost. Including information on where you are registered is a huge help for guests bringing gifts. Many people aren't sure what the couple still needs in terms of home décor and kitchen products. Sometimes when information about registration isn't enclosed, guests will be driving from store to store to find the registry. So by including registry information, guests can easily find you something you truly need.
There are so many different types of wedding invitations to choose from, allowing you to find the perfect ones to match your wedding theme. Many wedding supply stores have catalogues with wedding invitations from which to order the invitations. But if you are looking to save time and be able to search through hundreds of wedding invitations quickly, I suggest buying your wedding invitations online. There are a number of websites that sell invitations and have pictures of the invitation so you know exactly what they will look like. No matter which invitations you pick, make sure to send them out at least six weeks before the wedding date. That way you can give your guests plenty of time to respond and you will have a good idea of how many will be attending. Invitations are a great way to start the wedding on the right foot.