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Wedding invitation ordering: how many do you really need? Emma here and today we’re talking about how many wedding invitations to order, thanks to our latest Ask Emmaline question from bride-to-be, Brianne. She is wondering how many invitations to order for 200 guests and whether she needs to order extras. She writes,
“Hi Emmaline! I have a question on wedding invitation ordering. Do you order wedding invites per guest or couple? Also, should I order extra wedding invitations just in case? Currently I am estimating how many invitations to order for 200 guests. Thank you!
Wedding Invitation Ordering
Great question, Brianne. Tackling wedding invitation ordering is easy when you know the basics. Here are a few invitation ordering tips to know before you click “order” on your screen.
How Many Wedding Invitations to Order
Here’s the top four tips to remember before you order wedding invitations.
1. Order wedding invitations per couple.
As you mentioned, you’re ordering invitations for 200 guests. As an estimate, that means you’ll need to order one invitation per couple, making that approximately 100 invitations. Many brides see their guest list and freak out at the total — 200 invitations?! — when in reality, it’s typically half of your guest list.
When ordering invitations for a family — i.e. your Aunt, Uncle, and three young cousins — you only need to send one invitation addressed to all guests within that particular household.
2. Don’t forget to include invitations for your attendants.
Even if people already know they’re invited, such as bridesmaids, the Best Man, groomsmen, your flower girl and family, etc., make sure to include them on your list when ordering wedding invitations. They still need to receive an actual wedding invitation.
3. EXTRAS: Don’t forget extras when ordering wedding invitations!
Make sure to include extras when wedding invitation ordering. Every couple should include at least 10 extra wedding invitations, just in case. If you want to make sure you have more than enough, stick with the industry average of ordering 10% extra wedding invitations. For your wedding of 200 guests, you’ll want to order an extra 20 wedding invitations and envelopes.
Extra wedding invitations are helpful to have in case you:
-make a mistake when addressing the envelopes
-forget to invite a friend from work
-have initial cancellations and have room in your guest list to invite additional guests
It is so much cheaper to order extras when ordering wedding invitations than to have to re-order later!
4. Before wedding invitation ordering, get a sample!
Lastly, wait to order wedding invites until you get a sample first. It’s always a great idea to see the quality of paper, accents, colors, coordinating pieces, and envelopes before you order wedding invitations. You can get FREE samples here to see what you think before you buy from Minted. Minted is a great place to buy invitation designs by independent artists in the latest trends and styles. All the invites shown in this blog post are by artists at Minted.
Personally, I’ve ordered and referred friends and family to Minted for Christmas cards, invitations, save the dates, etc. and I’m always impressed by the quality. For couples, you are able to order wedding invitations with FREE envelope addressing included, something you don’t get from other places.
You can also get a free wedding website to match your wedding invitations. (Win, win!)
Do you need a wedding website? Find out why you might here.
See our favorite wedding invites here.
Have questions on how many wedding invitations to order?
We hope this info helps! If you have any additional comments / questions for how many wedding invitations to order, just let us know below in the comment box. :)