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Invitation Etiquette with Cartwheels

By Meredith Metzmeier • Photograhy by Matt Johnson

The invitations you choose for your wedding are your guests first look at the style or theme of your big day.

Your wedding stationery and invitation suite reflects your style as a couple and truly sets the stage. 

At Cartwheels, we are honored to help couples select the perfect suite for their wedding festivities. 

The wording and design, from typeface to the color, weight, and even texture of the paper, all subtly shape how your wedding will be perceived. If you’re planning a casual beach wedding, for example, then that should be conveyed from the start in the design of the invitation. On the other hand, if you picture your wedding guests in tuxedos and floor-length gowns, then the invitation should be equally formal in tone and style.

After the design selections have been made, the most common questions couples have when ordering their invitations relate to timeline. When do we send information to guests?

Traditionally, invitations go out six to eight weeks before the wedding. That timeline gives guests plenty of leeway to clear their schedules and make travel arrangements if needed. For destination weddings, we suggest mailing your invitations 3 months prior. Many couples also send out save-the-date cards so that their guests can hold the day in their calendar. Save-the-dates are typically sent out six to eight months before the wedding, but can be mailed up to a year in advance if you have your details finalized.

RSVP requests are generally 3-4 weeks prior to the wedding.

Many couples are utilizing technology for digital RSVP options, whether that be a wedding website or QR code. We suggest offering both the digital option as well as a paper reply option for your less tech-savvy guests.

Another component to keep in mind is to give yourself ample time to address, stamp and mail your suite. We recommend setting your appointment with our wedding invitation consultant four to six months prior to your wedding date. 

Call or email Cartwheels Papers & Gifts to schedule your appointment with our wedding consultant, Meredith Lintner Metzmeier.

(502) 895-1800 • 


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