How Many Invitations Should I Order?

One of the most common questions I get is : How many wedding invitations should I order?

 

There are a number of factors to consider when identifying the number of invitations you need.  I have tried to make your life a bit easier by jotting down a few tips and guidelines below -

Tip #1 : Count Households NOT Guests

A common mistake is that people automatically associate the number of guests they are inviting with the number of invitations they need.  Typically, one invitation gets sent to per couple or per family, which almost reduces the invitation count by almost 50%.  I always double-check with my brides who list large quantities to make sure that they are counting Invitations and not people.

For the number of invitations, count one for each of the following:

  • A Couple (married or living together)
  • A Family (includes any children under 18)
  • A Single Guest
  • The Officiant (if applicable)
  • The Photographer & Videographer (for them to shoot)
  • Keepsakes & Last Minute Guests

You should still send invitations to guests that may have already told you they will be unable to make it.


Tip #2 : Add Extras!

Everyone knows that they should order extras, but how many?  Personally, I don’t think there is a magic number for this as it often depends on a number of other factors.  Are you using a calligrapher?  Do you have a ‘B-List’ of attendees?  Did your Aunt Sally request 6 extra copies of the invitation to make you a special wedding gift?

Typically calligraphers will request a certain number of envelopes in addition to the quantity you need to account for any addressing mistakes.  I have seen this number range anywhere from 7-10 extras, or 10%-15%.  If you are thinking of using a calligrapher I recommend asking them early on, how many extras they might need.  Most stationers will let you order additional envelopes without the invitation and accompanying pieces, don’t forget if you are using an inner and an outer envelope that you will need extras of both. 

If you have a ‘B-List’, don’t forget that they will need an invitation too.  Typically people will have a ‘B-List’ when they have already reached the capacity of their venue (or budget!) but still have more people that they would like to include.  Once someone from your primary guest list declines you can send off the other invitation. 

After you have considered all of the above, I recommend ordering an additional 10% overage.  Inevitably there will be someone (a cousin, or maybe your father’s business partner) who slips your mind when completing your guest list.  It is much easier, and more cost effective to have a few extras on hand, rather than to have to submit a separate order when you realize that you are short, especially if your invitations are being printed via letterpress.

Font Friday :: Isabella

Featured Font : Isabella Script

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Isabella is a beautiful modern calligraphy typeface perfect for wedding invitations.  It features lovely flourishes and swashes while still remaining very legible making it perfect for addressing envelopes too! You can see some of the available alternate glyphs below -

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From the designer, Seniors Studio,  'Isabella Script is handwritten stylish copperplate calligraphy fonts, combines from copperplate to contemporary typeface with a dancing baseline, a classic and elegant touch.'

The font purchase now includes a companion monoline version at no additional cost.  It has a slightly more youthful feel, see below. 

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 Isabella Script  is currently on sale for 60% off (YAY!), meaning you can scoop it up for a mere $15!  It can be purchased through Creative Market here.

As you may have assumed I have a thing for fonts. They come in all shapes and sizes with elaborate swashes and elegant details. The right font can easily make or break a design. Every Friday, I’ll share some of my favorites and recent purchases here, hoping to inspire a typography addiction in everyone.
I try to keep my font sheet updated with recent purchases, but if you see a font you love on here and would like to incorporate it into your designs just let me know!  Some posts may contain affiliate links.

Wedding Invitation Wording - Guidelines & Tips

If you're like most of my brides, the activities surrounding your wedding are the first 'formal' events you've planned and naturally you want everything to be perfect.  This starts with the invitation wording and I'm here to help!

When ordering your wedding invitations with Chelsey Emery you have the option to completely customize the wording on your invitation to accurately reflect the style and tone of your event.  While this is great if you know exactly what you want to say, if you don’t – it can also be completely overwhelming!  We have put together some guidelines and etiquette tips for reference, but unless you are inviting Emily Post to your wedding, feel free to adjust and modify them to suit your personal event.  Sometimes even the oldest rules are meant to be broken –

  • Step 1 : Identify the Host – Typically the names listed first identify who is hosting (paying) for the event.
  • Step 2 : Identify the Request – Formal wedding invitation have one of two requests.  If the event is being held in a place of worship the phrase ‘request the honor of your presence, at the marriage of their daughter’ is used.   ‘Request the pleasure of your company, at the marriage of their daughter’ is used for secular locations.  If the couple is hosting, it is common to use ‘invite you to join us at the celebration of our marriage’. 
  • Step 3 : Identify the Bride and Groom – Traditionally the bride is listed first and if she shares a lastname with her parents, only the first and middle names are included.  The groom is identified with title (Mr. / Dr. / etc.), first, middle and last.  A more modern interpretation often includes just the first and last names of both parties. 
  • Step 4 : Identify the Date and Time – The date and time are always spelled out, with the month and day being capitalized.  There is no ‘and’ when writing out the year, a correct example is two thousand twelve, not two thousand and twelve. 
  • Step 5 : Identify the Location – If the ceremony is at a well-known location the street address does not need to be included.  The zip code never needs to be included on the wedding invitation.

Step #1 has the most variables in my opinion.  There are a number of different situations that can complicate this seemingly easy task - For example, what if your parents are divorced but both are paying and your mom is remarried?  We cover a number of different suggestions for identifying the Host or Hosts in our ETIQUETTE section as well as suggestions for wording for more casual events.

Font Friday :: Madina

Featured Font : Madina Script

Meet Madina Script - she's been super popular lately, you probably got at least one holiday card featuring her exaggerated brush-like strokes with their jumping baseline.  

From the designer, Madina Script is 'a fabulously fun yet elegant script font with tons of energy, allowing you to create beautiful hand-made typography in an instant. With extra bouncy curves & loops, this font is guaranteed to make your text stand out - perfect for logos, printed quotes, invitations, cards, product packaging, headers and whatever your imagination holds.'

There is a full set of lower case alternates and extra ornaments to allow for a truly custom arrangement.  Madina Script is a steal at only $16 and can be purchased here

As you may have assumed I have a thing for fonts. They come in all shapes and sizes with elaborate swashes and elegant details. The right font can easily make or break a design. Every Friday, I’ll share some of my favorites and recent purchases here, hoping to inspire a typography addiction in everyone.
I try to keep my font sheet updated with recent purchases, but if you see a font you love on here and would like to incorporate it into your designs just let me know!  Some posts may contain affiliate links.