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etiquette

wedding planning 101

I Do Custom Weddings will work with you and your budget to design the perfect printed pieces for your weddings. We will also do our best to help you stay prioritized and on schedule with your wedding planning. There's lots to do, and we understand it can get confusing and overwhelming. Below are a few topics some brides and grooms to be may overlook or forget about when planning their wedding.

traditional invitation suite

We can custom create your wedding invitations to be an size with any number of pages/panles. Some people prefer an all-in-one folded up invitation, or a four panel folded card. If you want to stick to the classic size, we would recommend a 5x7 invite card. With this type of invitation you would traditionally have a few other pieces with all the other wedding information you wish to share with your invitee, to create one uniform, beautiful invitation suite.

standard sizes

save the date - 5 x 7 (A7 envelopes)
invitation - 5 x 7 (A7 envelopes)
accomodations (large insert) - 4 x 5.5
reception info, directions, etc. (small insert) - 3.5 x 5
rsvp card - 3.5 x 5 (A1 envelopes)

These sizes are only suggestions of course. We want your wedding invitations to be absolutely perfect, if you are dreaming of square invites, or extra large invitations no problem! We will work with you every step of the way to bring your vision to life.

wedding invitation wording

There are many ways to word your wedding invitations. The following are just a few rules of thumb to help you get started.

The typical order of information on the main invitation card is as follows:

1. Monogram &/or Symbol
2. Host Names
3. The Couple - Bride first, then Groom
4. Date, Location, Time
5. Post Ceremony


who is hosting your wedding?

Below are examples of some basic wordings for invitations, based on who is hosting the wedding. These would usually be altered based on the location for the wedding; religious/church, tradtional, casual or informal.



traditional example

Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Sullivan
And Mr. and Mrs. Carl Johnson
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their children
Janice Marie
to
Mark Edward
Friday, May 22, twenty twenty
at six o’clock in the evening
New York Botanical Garden
Bronx, New York

religious example

Mr. and Mrs. Josh Jacobs
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Ashley Elizabeth
to
Thomas Ryan
Saturday, the fifteenth of August
twenty twenty
at three o’clock in the afternoon
St Rose of Lima Church
Short Hills, New Jersey

informal example

Mr. and Mrs. Brett Cooper
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of
Jessica
to their son
Nicholas
September nineteenth, 2020
Tuscan Courtyard
Dickinson, Texas
6 o'clock

religious example

Alexa Smith
and
Ian Montgomery
request the honor of your presence
at the celebration of their union
Saturday, the third of October
two thousand twenty
at four-thirty in the afternoon
Sunrise Chapel
Tuscon, Arizona

traditional example

Together with
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Stevens
And Mr. and Mrs. Fred Miller
Taylor Stevens
and
Matthew Miller
request the pleasure of your company
at the celebration of their marriage
July 25th, 2020
at five o’clock in the evening
Imperial Design Hall, Orlando, Florida


Every wedding is unique, there are no written rules you need to follow. These are just guidelines to help you get started, we can work with you to make sure your invitations say exactly what you want them to say, and best represent you and your fiancé.

when to send save the dates
& invitations

Save the dates have become an expected custom when planning a wedding. They come in all shapes and sizes including postcards, photos, magnets, story books and more!

Depending on where you plan on hosting your wedding you may want to consider sending your save the dates earlier rather than later. If you are planning a destination wedding, it would be best to mail your save the dates 8 to 12 months in advance. For a more local wedding, sending the save the dates 4 months in advance should good.

Following the save the dates, you would want to send the wedding invitations six to eight weeks before the wedding date. This should give guests plenty of time to make necessary arrangements. If it's going to be a destination wedding, send them out three months ahead of time to give your guests more time for planning.

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