Choose the Right Style
Your invites are important because they will set a precedent for your quinceañera long before the actual date. You’ll want your invitations to reflect the style and theme that you are planning for the quince because the invite is the only glimpse into your big day that your guests will get. You might choose to incorporate the colors you have chosen for your quinceañera or a pattern that reflects your theme. If you are sending out save the dates, it is common to use the same company so that your save the dates and invitations can match.
Mind Your Timeline
You will want to order your invitations at least 5 months before the big day. If you are hand-lettering the envelopes, you’ll want to pick them up as soon as possible to allow for the time it will take to address each one. You’ll want your invitations received at least 6 weeks prior to the quince años, and you’ll need to account for delivery time, so try to send them out 8 weeks before the quinceañera date. Even though you may have many families who do not RSVP, the date for this should be no later than 3 weeks prior to the big day, that way you’ll be able to get your final headcount into your vendors and get started on your checklist.
Numbers Can Be Tricky
The number of guests you are inviting to your quinceañera is not the same number of invitations you will need. You should send one invitation per household invited. So, all the couples and families you invite should have one invitation each. However, If you are inviting a couple whose children are grown and no longer living at home, then you need one invitation for the couple and a separate invitation for each of the children at their respective addresses.
Don’t Forget to Say Thanks!
You can order your thank you notes as early as you want. However, if you plan to use one of the photos from your quinceañera on your thank you note, then you will need to wait until you get them back from your photographer. If this is the case, consider letting the photographer know in advance, that way he or she may be able to send you a few photos early that you can use. You have 3 months after the quinceañera to send out your thank you notes.
Proofread Like Your Life Depends on It
Proofreading is possibly the most important and overlooked part of invitation planning. We know someone who ordered all of her invitations with the word “marriage” spelled wrong! Another common mistake is to write the wrong date on the correct day of the week or to leave out an important piece of information. Send a copy to your mother, your grandmother, your best friend; to anyone whose grammatical judgment you trust. Then, use our Invitation Checklist to make sure you have included everything necessary. You won’t regret spending a little extra time proofreading before you spend your money!