Avoid using abbreviations. Refrain from using the word "and" between two names if the individuals are not married. Names of non_married hosts should be stacked. Hosts who are widowed should be addressed according to their late husband's name (i.e., Mrs. Andrew Scott). Ditch the reception cards if the ceremony and the reception are to take place in the same location.
Be timely and create a sense of urgency: Technically, invitations should be mailed 6ξ weeks prior to a wedding. In these busy times 10 weeks has become the norm. However, more than that is too early and can backfire. Instead of making sure people respond promptly, this tactic actually causes most people to put the invitation on the "to_do later" list. Also be careful not to confuse your need for deadlines on the room blocks with the final head count for the caterer. You don't need an official head count until about a month before the wedding for the caterer, seating chart and rentals. It is your guests' responsibility to make travel arrangements and hotel accommodations, so try not to stress too much about that in terms of timing for your replies.
by Mark R. Hansel on Jul 12, 2018 Wedding Invitations