Wedding Invitations: Proofread, Proofread, Proofread

2392325187_153e371099_zMother of the Bride, I have some very important advice for you today: Be sure to proofread the copy for the wedding invitation very carefully before sending it off to the printer. And after you’ve proofread it once, proof it again—and again. Oh, and did I mention proofreading it? You get the idea, right?

As you might have guessed, my oldest daughter and I had a proofreading fail while planning her wedding. Talk about a sinking feeling when we discovered the mistake—yes, on the actual invitations.

We had both proofread the invitation copy before sending it to the printer, but we still missed seeing a misspelling. Since our eyes were familiar with the name, they evidently sailed right past it as we read the copy. We failed to look the copy over very slowly and very carefully. And yes, it cost us. Lesson learned.

So, MOB, learn from our mistake and proofread like crazy. Both you and the bride proofread the invitation multiple times and then ask someone else to proofread it, too. Believe me, being a stickler for details this time will save you valuable dollars and an extra helping of stress. Here’s to no invitation mistakes as you plan for the big day!

*You might also like to read A Keepsake Photo of the Wedding Invitation.

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*Flickr photo by Jase the Bass, Creative Commons License


  1. Oh man… I’m so sorry that happened. Hopefully, many others will skim over the mistake and never see it. After we ordered our invitations, the Army forced us to change our wedding date. We had to print business cards with the new date to include with the invitation. I was so sad, but what can you do?

    Your mention of a keepsake reminds me of our favorite wedding gift. My sister-in-law is a real, true, certified plant person. :-) For our wedding, she took our invitation and pressed dried flowers around it and framed it. It’s so beautiful and so special to us.

    • Jodie, oh my goodness, can’t imagine having to change your wedding date after the invitations were printed. Very disappointing I’m sure. I love the gift your sister-in-law made for you. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing. Bet someone will see this and use your idea!

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