The wedding invitation is the first impression your guests will have of your wedding. You want it to reflect your special occasion and give guests a glimpse of what to expect. A traditional, formal script in black ink with your guest's full title and name lets them know it is a formal event. A casual, modern script in purple ink with your guest's title and common name lets them know it will be an informal, fun-filled event. It is your day, your choice!
Do keep in mind, wedding envelopes should be addressed by hand, never typed (according to most wedding etiquette books and Martha Stewart. Please note that proper etiquette says to spell out almost everything in wedding addressing. That means, no abbreviations for street, boulevard, avenue, apartment, state names, etcetera. For wedding envelopes, five digit zip codes are appropriate.
Invitations should be mailed 6 to 8 weeks before the wedding. If you did a save the date mailing, there is some flexibility. You should book a calligrapher as soon as you order your invitations. Always order an additional 10% of the envelopes