This is a common question I get asked at bridal shows and consultations. Many brides have fallen into the trap of ordering one invite for each person on her list only to find out she doesn’t need nearly that many. Save your budget and some frustration with these tips:
Families = 1 invitation – There is some debate as to whether you should send separate invitations in the case that a child no longer lives with his or her parents, but in general, you can safely assume a single invitation sent to the main household will cover the entire family. Address the envelope to include the entire family, such as “The Anderson Family.” Or go more traditional and include an inner envelope with first names listed for each family member invited.
Couples = 1 invitation – Whether the couple lives together or lives apart, a single invitation addressed to both people will suffice. If they reside separately, simply mail the invitation to the person you consider to be a closer friend. If the couple is not married or continues to use separate last names address the envelope with both full names.
Co-Workers = 1(+) invitations – Whether to invite all, a few, or none of your co-workers is a personal choice. If you feel comfortable posting an invitation on the company bulletin board, and can accommodate the entire office should they choose to attend, then go for it. It’s an easy way to extend the invitation and avoid hurt feelings. However, if you want to avoid inviting the entire crowd, personal invitations for those you want to include are in order. *This same concept goes for your church, social groups, organizations and clubs.
Vendors – If you would like your photographer or videographer to photograph your invitations, be sure to order one for them as well.
Extras – You may wish to keep an invitation or two as keepsakes. You may have a B-list of guests, whose invitation is contingent on whether someone declines. You may realize there are a few people that slipped your mind in your original count. Generally, you should figure an additional 10-15% to cover emergency scenarios. Remember, having to re-ordering a small quantity to cover these last minute guests may cost quite a bit.