Weddings

Crane & Co.'s Peter Hopkins Reveals The Invitation Etiquette Every Bride Should Know

March 21, 2011 by rachelnall
shefinds | Weddings

Crane & Co.‘s Peter Hopkins knows a thing or two about selecting the perfect wedding invitation, save-the-date etiquette and seasonal trends. As an invitation historian, Peter knows his stuff — and with his 5 essential tips for brides, you can, too:

1. Mail Save-The-Dates 6-10 Months Before The Big Day.

“Give guests enough time to manage their calendars,” Hopkins says, “6-10 months before the wedding date should be find.” Peter’s favorite? These Pearl White Embassy Printable Invitation Cards ($25 for 13).


2. Leave More Time For Destination Weddings.


Destination or holiday-weekend weddings will require more planning on guests’ part (hello, airfare) – so plan to mail yours a year in advance. We’re loving this Visit Miami Invitation ($240 for 100), a bright and sunny way to let guests know a destination wedding is in their future.

3. Satisfy Your “Something Blue” With Clean, Classic Invites

Hot color trends for spring and summer include Dalton Blue, Willow and Beach Glass, like the Hand Engraved Embassy Dalton Blue Invitation Set shown here ($306 for 50), which is a great way to get your “something blue.”

4. Formal Weddings Call For Formal Invites.

The invitation should invoke the personal theme of the wedding, like this Ecru Marquis Card with Hand-Drawn Duogram ($40 for 32) for a black-tie wedding, for example. “In the case of a more formal wedding, an invitation on white, ecru or another subtle color paper with an elegant script typeface engraved in black or gray ink is ideal,” Hopkins says.

5. Pick Invitations That Match Your Theme.

“For outdoor/garden weddings, blues, greens or yellows are best,” Peter explains. We’d recommend this yellow roses on white invitation ensemble ($562 for 100)

6. Above All Else – Show Who You Are As A Couple.

While etiquette is important in planning a wedding, Hopkins advises not to let it take a backseat to reflecting the type of wedding you wish to plan. “Every couple is different and every ceremony is different,” Hopkins said. He advises to let comfort and courtesy guide your decisions and to keep in mind the all-important skill of relaxing.

For more expert wedding tips for your big day, read our celebrity self-tanning tips, makeup advice and hair how-tos.

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

Weddings

9 Things Your Groom Should Never Do At Your Wedding Reception

June 27, 2018 by Linda DiProperzio
Don't be THAT guy!

Lifestyle

5 First-Look Photos Couples Will Regret Not Doing

June 26, 2018 by Linda DiProperzio
This is actually SO true!

Lifestyle

7 Questions About Marriage Every Couple Is Afraid To Ask

June 21, 2018 by Linda DiProperzio
It will all work out!

Fashion

9 Engagement Ring Trends That Are So IN For 2019

June 19, 2018 by Linda DiProperzio
You're going to love these!

Lifestyle

8 Things No One Ever Tells You About Planning A Wedding

June 14, 2018 by Linda DiProperzio
SO happy we know about this now!

Lifestyle

25 Things Every Bride Must Do Before The Ceremony

June 12, 2018 by Linda DiProperzio
This is a game-changer!

Weddings

9 Mistakes Couples Make At Their Wedding

May 31, 2018 by Linda DiProperzio

Weddings

8 Things Couples Should Do As Soon As They Pick The Wedding Venue

May 29, 2018 by Linda DiProperzio
Very important.

Lifestyle

8 Ways For Couples To Save Money & Cut Their Wedding Budget In HALF

May 24, 2018 by Linda DiProperzio
You can thank us later!

Fashion

Thanks To Meghan Markle, Halter Wedding Dresses Are About To Be HUGE: Shop Now

May 23, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
You don't need a royal budget to afford these.

Weddings

15 Wedding Trends That Are In For 2019

May 23, 2018 by Linda DiProperzio

beauty

6 Products Meghan Markle Used For Her Royal Wedding Makeup

May 23, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
It's SO easy to copy!

Celebrity

6 Wedding Dresses That Look JUST LIKE Meghan Markle's Gown

May 21, 2018 by Lisa Fogarty
Fit for a princess!

Weddings

8 Ways To Surprise Your Groom & Make Him Feel Special On The Big Day

When it comes to wedding planning, the groom oftentimes takes ...

Weddings

7 TMI Wedding Questions Every Bride Is Afraid To Ask (But Really Wants To)

Every bride has her list of worries about her wedding ...

LOAD MORE
+
LOAD MORE POSTS