Wedding Invitation Etiquette

Ordering Wedding Invitations in the Covid Era

Travel restrictions are lifting, and the future’s looking brighter as more people become vaccinated. With that being said, things have drastically changed in the wedding industry. One of those changes involves wedding invitation etiquette. When you craft your wedding invitation, you’ll want to keep in mind new aspects of a post-COVID wedding, like health precautions and safety measures. Your guests will want to know how you plan to keep them safe.

This article examines wedding invitation etiquette in the Covid era and what these changes mean for your 2022 or 2023 wedding plans.

Save the Date and Wedding Vendor Availability

In-person weddings are possible once again, so you won’t have to change the way your invitation looks or feels. You can still choose the paper goods and designs you want. What you will need to keep in mind the most when sending out “Save-the-Date” and wedding invitations is the timeline. Wedding planning has new challenges when it comes to vendor availability. This is an unfortunate complication of the Covid era wedding. Many wedding venues shut down for financial reasons due to the COVID shutdown period. Businesses can only survive for so long during a 15+ month shuttering. So, as a result, many fell by the wayside. Some are reopening, and others are flourishing.

How does vendor availability affect wedding invitation etiquette? Not only have wedding venues become fewer and farther between, but so have wedding invitation designers! These are wedding vendors in the stationery category. Wedding invitations are vital in wedding planning, and they are wedding keepsakes. Because of COVID-19, stationary creators, graphic designers, and calligraphers are still dealing with a backlog created by wedding postponements as well as a flood of new inquiries from the newly engaged. Change-the-Date cards are creating a backlog in and of itself. With this in mind, you may experience longer turnaround times and may have to contact many stationery designers.

Lock in a Date Fast

Why act so soon? You should plan a date fast because you’re competing with long-awaited events that were postponed during Covid. People are planning vacations, anniversary celebrations, and other parties more than ever. You’ll also need to keep in mind how job requirements and childcare changes affect travel plans for weddings. Let’s not forget the looming inflation that’s hiking airline flights, lodging, and rental car prices. The sooner you can lock in the price, the better.

It’s traditional to send out your wedding invitations 6-8 weeks before the wedding day. You’ll want to stick to this tradition to allow for sudden changes like government regulations or travel restrictions.

Health Concerns and Safety Measures

When writing a copy of your wedding invitation, you’ll want to address the guests’ health concerns in light of the Covid era. While vaccinations are helping, there are still a lot of people uneasy in large group settings.

You can put your guests at ease by letting them know how you’ll address their health concerns. You could do this on your wedding page website (highly recommend!) or on a one-page insert or insert card in the form of an FAQ.

Here are a few questions you may want to consider when composing your FAQ insert card or email:

  • Will events be indoors or outdoors?
  • Will there be social distancing in the layout?
  • Temperature checks at the door?
  • How will the food be served?
  • Will masks be required?
  • Will there be sanitation stations?
  • Will there be dancing?
  • Is vaccination required for attendance?

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