Sweet 16 Birthday Invitations - How exciting it must be for you to be planning a sweet sixteen party?! This article is both important for you; the sweet 16 year old and your parents to read. There are many things to consider when purchasing invitations that you probably haven't even thought of up until this point. Most likely the birthday girl is just concerned with what amazing outfit she will make her debut in and the parents only have one thing on their mind regarding the party; "how much is this event going to cost me"? I won't take up much of your time but I will run down the list of important things to factor in when purchasing your invitations so that you come off being on top of things and with money leftover in your pocket.
Planning a sweet sixteen birthday party requires "grown-up" invitations. Long gone are the days of cute Crayola drawings and messy penmanship that your daughter concocted to her 7th birthday party. If you are like most parents that are planning a sweet sixteen party you are putting a couple of thousand dollars into this event . Now is not the time to cut costs by purchasing cheap Target bought invitations. You don't have to spend hundreds of dollars on your invitations either. You can purchase invitations online that will be personalized with all your sweet sixteen party details for about $1.00-$1.50 per invitation. That's not bad considering all the work is down for you. Gone are the days of messy handwriting, hand cramping from sitting down to fill the invites out and you can pick out beautiful cards to coordinate with your theme!
Is etiquette the first thing you think of when purchasing invitations for your sweet sixteen party? Perhaps; but I am guessing probably not. Then you need to make sure that you follow some simple rules of etiquette when purchasing your invitations, wording them and mailing them out. The number one question I get when it comes to the actual invitation details is: "When do I need to mail out my invitations"? You are probably used to mailing out birthday invitations 2-4 weeks in advanced. Because you have spent so much time planning this special event, treat your invitations like wedding invitations. Mail out your invitations 6-8 weeks in advance and it's a good idea to have a reply-by date to be about 2 weeks beforehand. If you are planning for a party that is going to be competing with prom season or other major holidays then this 6-8 week time line is crucial. In fact you may want to send out a "save the date" announcement 12 weeks in advance with your invitations following 8 weeks prior to.
The reply-by information should be the phone number of the main party coordinator although teens may feel more comfortable telling the birthday girl herself. It's still suggested to include the primary contact phone number. If you are concerned about shy teens picking up the phone to RSVP, then list the primary contact's phone number followed by the birthday girl's phone number too.
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