Wedding Invitations - When to Send Them Out

Ideally you should post your wedding invitations approximately 6-8 weeks before the big day.

Eight weeks would be preferable as this gives guests plenty of time to make any necessary arrangements such as travel and invites

Usually an RSVP card is sent with the invitations and to allow yourself enough time to inform relevant parties of final numbers such as the wedding venue, caterers etc it is best to set an RSVP date 3 weeks before your wedding day. This allows guests plenty of time to receive the invitations and return the reply card to you.

If you have chosen to send save the date cards then guests will have already put the date in their calendar and are just waiting to receive the formal invitations. Save the date cards come in handy if you are planning a destination wedding or something a bit more unusual. Different time rules apply to destination weddings and in order to ensure most of your nearest and dearest will be with you on your special day you will need to inform them of your wedding date up to 6 months, perhaps even a year in advance.
Ordering and printing your wedding invites nowadays is easy and convenient. Invitations can be printed by a traditional printer specialising in the wedding area or alternatively they can be ordered online. There are many websites offering a beautiful range of wedding stationery which can be ordered online and delivered to your door in a matter of just a few days. wedding invitations
Before you may have been required to place an order 4-5 months in advance of the wedding but new, improved printing technology has made this task much easier. Just make sure if you are ordering online you proof read everything carefully before confirming your order. 
Some websites allows you to order personalised samples so you can receive a hard copy proof and double check everything beforehand. Most also have complete wedding stationery sets from invitations through to menu covers, place cards and thank you cards allowing continuity of your chosen theme and colour scheme.
Finally, once the wedding day is over and your feet have touched the ground from your honeymoon it’s time to thank your guests for their wedding gifts and well wishes. Etiquette usually specifies sending wedding thank you cards no later than 3 months after your big day. However, guests will always be delighted to receive a card and the acknowledgement recognition so if you find yourself pushed for time just remember it’s always better late than never!  

Wedding Venues

How to choose perfect location for a wedding in Ireland. 

Your choice of venue for a wedding is an important one but cannot really be decided upon until you have narrowed down the number of guests you will have at your wedding and of course your budget.

Many couples make the mistake of falling in love with wedding venues or have in their mind a picture of perfect wedding locations but before you make your choice some practical questions have to be asked and decisions made.

  • Are you looking for wedding venues which will be able to accommodate the ceremony and reception or would you prefer two separate wedding locations?
  • Does the wedding venue fit in with your style and colour theme or will extra money have to be spent on décor and flowers?
  • Is there availability for your chosen time period? Many good venues for a wedding in Ireland are likely to be booked out for up to two years in advance.
  • What is included in the price? Are basic services provided such as food, drinks, staff, room hire, flowers or are extras included such as music, entertainment, speakers and wedding cake? Make sure before you book there are no hidden extra charges.

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Do they have an in-house catering facility? If so make sure you have a chance to taste the food before confirming the booking. Many menus may sound divine but the real test is whether the food tastes good and will suit the palate of you and your wedding guests.

  • What is the booking and payment procedure and is there a cancellation charge? This is important as when you are planning a wedding many things can change.
  • Are there any limitations with regards to the wedding venue i.e. décor of the room - are candles allowed and open flames, are children allowed and if so is there a time curfew, is there a dress policy anywhere in the venue which guests must adhere to etc
  • If the venue you have chosen is outdoors (and this may be rare for an Irish wedding) make sure there is an alternative if the sun doesn’t happen to be shining on your wedding day.

Before finalising the details of your wedding venue make sure you have everything in writing. You want to be able to read through all the information and be sure you are clear what is included to avoid any confusion at a later date.