We’ve all heard about the unfortunate disasters that have befallen other brides and grooms. From melting cakes to dresses that don’t fit to limos that never arrive, weddings seem prone to mishaps, perhaps because we work so hard to make sure every detail is absolutely perfect. The bad news is that your wedding invitations are not immune to potential problems. Below are a few examples.
One bride-to-be decided to have an early morning wedding, so she chose eight o’clock as the time of the big event and planned to have a large breakfast bar at the reception site. Although nearly 200 guests responded and promised to attend the event, only about 100 showed up. She was devastated and lost thousands of dollars on the catering alone because of the leftover food she didn’t have any use for. That evening she started receiving confused calls from her non-attending wedding guests who were showing up at the wedding site for her 8 p. m. wedding. When she looked back at the invitation, she realized that the time was simply listed as 8 o’clock – no a. m. or p. m. was included. Plus, she had not included details about the reception to give guests a clue as to when the event would occur.
Her story shows how much damage even a tiny error or forgotten detail on a wedding invitation can cause.
Another couple learned a valuable lesson about postage the hard way. Four weeks before their wedding, they mailed 250 wedding invitations and asked people to respond within one week of the ceremony date. However, two days before the response deadline, the couple received an unpleasant surprise in their mailbox when all of their invitations were returned because of insufficient postage. How much were they off on each invitation? About three cents. Instead of being able to mail the beautiful, engraved invitations they had spent thousands of dollars to create, they had to spend the next four days calling all of their guests to invite them to the wedding.
To prevent this type of wedding invitation horror story, you should take one of your completed invitations to your local post office and have it weighed so you’ll know the exact amount of postage to use on each one. You don’t want to play a guessing game with your wedding invitations.
One busy bride experienced a similar problem after she forgot to proofread her wedding invitations. She had planned for a wedding in the middle of June, so she mailed her invitations at the beginning of May. By the beginning of June, she was distraught because so few of her responses had arrived. On the day of her wedding, however, even those guests who had responded were no-shows. Her wedding day was supposed to include 150 guests, instead only the couple’s immediate family, five close friends, and the wedding party’s significant others were in attendance. What went wrong? Her printer had mistakenly listed the date of her wedding for the middle of July! In fact, when the depressed bride returned from her two week honeymoon, her post office box was overflowing with invitation responses.
The rule to remember here: proofread your invitations and set a deadline for responses. By proofreading, you can catch these types of errors and by setting a deadline you’ll be able to start calling guests who have not responded which would also have prevented this wedding invitation horror story.