You may have already read MisQuinceMag.com's tips for shopping for unforgettable invitations here. Or maybe you saw my earlier blog post about how to word your quinceañera invitations. Many girls still had questions for me about ordering and sending their invitations, so here I am with the answers!
1. Should the invitation be in Spanish, English, or both?
The invitation should be in the language of the country where the party is taking place. So, most quinceañera invitations you see in the U.S. will be in English. However, if you have relatives who don't understand English very well, it's nice to write translations for them.
2. Is it cool to do electronic invitations to save paper and postage, or does that leave a bad impression?
A quinceañera is a once-in-a-lifetime event, so put the effort into printed invitations. If you want to save money, you can print your invitations from a home computer.
3. When should I order my invitations?
I recommend ordering them about four to six months before your party, or as soon as you know your date, time, and location. Don't forget to order 20 to 30 extra invitations in case some get messed up in the addressing process or for last-minute guests. You'll also want to save a couple for your keepsake album. It's cheaper to order in bulk, rather than have to reorder a few invitations later.
4. What do I write inside the invitation?
Check out this earlier blog post I wrote, where I give you an example you can copy for your invitations.
5. Does the invitation come from me or my parents? What if my parents are separated?
I covered this in my last blog post about invitations too. It should come from whoever is paying for the party. I have advice on dealing with those tricky family situations here.
6. What do I include inside the envelope with the invitation?
Include a piece of paper with directions, a card for their response (and meal selection, if applicable), and a stamped envelope addressed to you. These additional pieces of paper or the weight of your cardstock may require additional postage. Have the post office weigh an envelope before you send it, so you're sure you attach the right postage amount.
7. How do I address the invitations?
You can address the invitations by hand, or ask a family member who has pretty handwriting to do them for you. You can print address labels from the computer to save time and effort, but then you lose the personal touch. If you want to be extremely formal, you can hire a calligrapher to write out your invitations, but this isn't necessary at all.
For a formal party, address the envelopes using Mr., Mrs., Ms., or Miss (or Sr., Sra., Senorita in Spanish) before someone's name. You can address a household as "The Family," as in "The Lopez Family."
8. When do I mail the invitations?
Mail the quinceañera invitations about eight weeks in advance to give your guest enough time to respond. You'll need time to count who will be attending and make arrangements for seating, food, cake, favors, etc.
Hope this helps! Have you ever received a really cool invite to someone's quince? What did you like about it?
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