Did you know that before Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press, town criers were hired to announce weddings? Since then wedding invitations have become synonymous with beautiful calligraphy, high quality paper, and enfolded tissue paper. Now we even have electronic invitations as an option!
Invitations also vary slightly across countries. In Hungary, it was traditionally the best man’s duty to go around to the houses of each guest to orally invite them to the wedding. Talk about an invitation! In China, wedding invitations are always made of red and gold paper, to signify good fortune.
Even within the United States there are some variations on wedding invitations. Depending on where you live, there are varying ideas on how early before the wedding people want to receive, or send, the invitations.
Apparently, on average: Easterners like 8 weeks, Californians, 6, and in Utah, only 3! Of course, no matter where you live, if you have international or long-distance friends you very much want present, it is a good idea to give them as much time as possible to plan.
Sending out save the dates, calling, or sending emails to guests coming from abroad may be the best way to ensure that they have enough time to plan and buy tickets.
But how effective are invitations? In fact, on average, approximately 33% of the people invited will not attend the wedding.
This is actually a helpful tool when trying to plan the wedding guest list, as you can count many people not attending! Here are a few more wedding invitation facts that you may not have known!