Post # 1
I’ve just begun to wonder how to handle invites….
This is the 2nd wedding for both Fiance & I, and we’re only having a very small ceremony and reception dinner. It will be very informal, outdoors. Only immediate family and 4 close couple friends. A total of 26 people if every single person on the list shows up, including Fiance, myself & our 3 children.
So, do we send invites? I’m not sure how to handle that…. I guess I could have a small batch of invites printed, but we’re trying to save on costs and I hate to spend $50 on that…. Hmmmm….
Post # 3
I would still send invites, personally. Maybe you could print them yourself using an invitation kit? They are pretty widely available … I’ve seen them at Michael’s, A.C. Moore (great if you have that 40% off coupon for either), or Target, or Walmart. I’ve even seen some at T.J. Maxx and Marshall’s at half price. Good luck with whatever you decide! 🙂
Post # 4
I would also send invites. Just because you’re having a small wedding doesn’t necessarily mean to skimp on the little things that people would appreciate. I think you could do something small and affordable that is printed to get the message out.
Post # 5
You can get a small batch of invites to print on your own from Micheals or even Target! It would be nice for them to have a little formal invite for them to see other than an email saying come to our wedding!
Post # 6
We will have 40 tops. I got stds at Michael’s that are $8 for 12. We will print them as std/invitation and direct people to our website. That saves us money and is better for the planet than getting all those different pieces of paper! Remember, for two guests from the same household you only need to buy 1 (one) invitation. I overbought, but may be glad if we have any printer problems. Best of luck!
Post # 7
Actually, printed third-person invitations are a little ostentatious for a truly informal wedding. While they aren’t in truly *bad* taste, it is in much better taste to hand-write a first-person note asking people to attend your celebration. For such a note half of them typically read
“Dear Jane and John (no “Mr and Mrs” because the note is informal in keeping with the wedding itself),Howard and I will be getting married in a private ceremony on (date and tiime and place). We would be pleased if you could join us for the ceremony and dinner to follow.Yours truly,Soon2beS”
Howard writes the other half, and his begin “Soon2be and I …” but are otherwise identical. Miss Manners might insist on snail mail with black ink on white or ecru paper for these notes; quite frankly I feel that if you truly never use the kind of mail that requires penmanship and stamps that it would be ostentatious to abandon email in an attempt to be “proper”. But I personally WOULD use pen and paper, because I really do the paper mail system from time to time — and paper rarely gets caught in anyone’s spam filter.
Post # 8
I agree that you should do invites. Target has super cute letterpress invites that you can print at home from a printer.
Post # 9
I would definitely do the invites. I think that since you are having a more informal day the invites would help to keep the overall wedding day vibe.