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In the whirlwind of planning a LDS wedding, it can be hard to know where to begin. Sending out your wedding invitations as early as possible is essential, but it’s not as easy as it sounds: there is a lot of legwork to be done before stamping and sending off all those envelopes.
Before ordering any invitations, you need the date, time, and place of the wedding and reception. Pick a date and clear it with your immediate family, members of the wedding party, and most importantly, the wedding venue. Whether this is the LDS temple, a local church cultural hall, or some other location, make arrangements to use it on the specified day. Couples also need to decide in the beginning of their wedding planning and reception planning, whether they want a morning, afternoon, or evening wedding.
After you’ve got the wedding day’s vital information, you can write the invitation text. Traditional invitations are very formal, using script font and spelling out dates and times (like “eleven o’clock in the morning, two-thousand and twelve.”) But brides no longer need to feel tied to tradition, so if it feels too stuffy for you then it probably is. Feel free to use funky fonts or personalize the invitation by adding a picture. Explore all your options. You may want to buy wedding invitations or if you’re crafty, you and your friends might have an invitation creation party. Either way, send an invitation that expresses the overall tone of your wedding.
Before you’re ready to order or create your LDS temple wedding invitations, you need to remember one more thing. The colors and style of the invitation should match the ceremony and reception. Your wedding invitations are the first impression your family and friends will have of your special day. Though you don’t need have every detail of your wedding plans decided just yet, you do need to have a general idea of what your wedding colors will be. Think about your favorite color, your favorite flowers, or what looks best on your husband-to-be. Also consider the season of the year. Once you settle on wedding colors, you’re ready to pick invitations in a color and style that complements the wedding theme.
Wedding Invitation Etiquette
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Wedding invitation etiquette says to send invitations out as early as possible to all members of your extended family and your circle of friends, even to those who you know won’t be able to attend – they will still probably want to send a gift or their best wishes. Envelopes should also indicate which household members are invited, so there won’t be confusion as to whether children are welcome. Also, if you are getting sealed in a LDS temple it’s best to consider sending out two kinds of invitations: one to invite guests to both the sealing and reception, and another to announce the sealing and invite them to the wedding reception only.
It’s also wise to ask guests to RSVP, so that you can keep track of who will be attending the reception. At a formal affair, you’ll need to know who is coming so you can make a seating chart; at a casual affair, you’ll need the information to decide how much food to prepare. Including a self-addressed, stamped envelope or allowing guests to RSVP by email improves the odds of getting an accurate count.
Ultimately, the LDS Temple wedding invitations you choose will depend on you and your wedding’s style. It may seem overwhelming to hammer out the major details of your wedding before sending out the invitations, but doing so will result in great invitations that complement your LDS Temple wedding and LDS Wedding Reception perfectly.
♥ Jenny Evans
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