Invitations and Thank You Notes
How Many Guests Make a Jewish Wedding Valid?
Weddings and Bar Mitzvahs range from an intimate gathering of twenty to a global gathering of every single person family members ever said hello to. It mostly depends on budget and preferences.
At least ten adults should be present during the ceremony. A group of ten adults, a minyan, became a required feature at wedding ceremonies in the eighth century because it brings solemn dignity to the ceremony. A wedding celebrated with fewer people is still valid, just as minyan-less weddings were in the earlier Talmudic era.
Invitations provide important information, including the hosts' identity, date, time, and location of your celebration. Invitations also give you an opportunity to inform your guests of the style (formal, informal, black tie, etc.), restrictions (no photography, modest dress, etc.), and limitations (i.e. no children. Though this is usually done discreetly, by addressing Mr. & Mrs. only). Invitations also offer the first impression of the affair that you intend to have.
There are numerous styles, many of which you can find displayed online. Several printing companies are equipped to provide service to the Jewish consumer who desires both English and Hebrew wording on the invitations.
Practical Advice - Questions You Want Answered - Check List
Though you may want to see "what's out there" before making a style decision, it may help to narrow down your choices somewhat. Thus you will have a head start and avoid being overwhelmed.
It is generally
better to order 20 to 30 more invitation than you think you may use,
just to be on the safe side. Order extra envelopes allowing for