You have your date set, venue booked, and guest list finalized, and you are ready to pull the trigger on ordering your wedding invitations. There are a few key factors you need to keep in mind when ordering invitations, and quantity is one of the most important pieces of the puzzle.
Quantity, as you know with every other detail, effects cost. The good news with invitations is the number of invitations you send is generally a good bit lower than the guest count number you give all other wedding vendors! (Am I your new vendor bff, yet?)
For example, let’s say your guest list is 250. A lot of those guests are married, cohabitate, or are the plus one of your guest, so the number of invitations you send may actually look more like 140. This all depends on things like if you are allowing your guests to bring a plus one, if you are inviting children, and things like that. Take a deep dive into your list before you hit the ground running, and take a look at how many invitations you truly need to send.
So here’s the skinny on how to calculate how many invitations you will need to order.
1 invitation per household
5-10 extras - In case you realize later that you unintentionally left someone off your guest list, or if one gets lost in the mail.
2 for your photographer
2-3 for keepsakes
20% extra ENVELOPES - To allow for mistakes when addressing. Most, if not all calligraphers require this, but if you are addressing your invitations yourself this is a great rule of thumb!
I hope this post was helpful, and allowed you to easily cross one more to-do of your wedding planning checklist!