When it comes to the wedding invitations, a lot of emphasis is put on how they will look but have you ever thought about what they should say?
This is the chance to reveal the ‘need to knows’ to the guests ahead of the big day, so follow this guide to make sure nothing is left out!
The style of your day will strongly set the tone of your invitations, so either have a clear vision of your overall style or be inspired by your resulting invitation! Don’t be afraid to push the creative boundaries and add some personality too!
The Must Haves
A wedding invite is very different from setting up a group chat on Facebook or WhatsApp! It’s time to get formal and include niceties associated with every wedding invitation!
This all depends on who paid for the wedding. Traditionally it is the bride’s parents; so the first line could read ‘Mr and Mrs Peter Edwards request the pleasure of…’ However, more and more couples are able to pay for their day so the invitation might read something like ‘We would like to request the pleasure of…’ Alternatively, it can be a joint effort from the couples and their parents so it might read ‘Together with our families, we would like to request the pleasure of…’
If the wedding includes children, invite them here. For example, it would read as, ‘We would like to request the pleasure of Mr and Mrs O’Neill and family.’ This is also where a plus one for an individual invite would be included or not. However, if the wedding is an adult only affair, state this clearly because it will give parents plenty of time to arrange a babysitter for the date, or save an embarrassed parent showing up with a toddler! The wedding invite could read, ‘We would like to request the pleasure of Mr and Mrs O’Neill for our adult only wedding.’
It’s time to introduce the stars of the invitation – the couple! The names of the couple are usually in the biggest font too but who comes first? Traditionally, the bride comes first and then the groom, and their names are presented as the bride’s first and middle name and the groom’s full name. So the invitation could read something like ‘at the wedding of Shannon Louise to Mr David Smith.’ For same-sex couples this part of the invite is sorted alphabetically.
Location, Date and Time
This is the need to know information so make it clear and precise. On the first line state where the ceremony will be held followed by the time and date. If the reception is in the same location, indicate this by writing ‘with reception to follow.’ For example, ‘For a ceremony at Galgorm Resort and Spa on twenty-fifth of August at twelve noon, with reception to follow.’ Otherwise, state on a different line the location of the venue and include the time guests are expected to be there.
Essentially the most vital part of the invitation! Traditionally there is a separate card and envelope to fill out and send back to the hosts but on the rise are wedding websites used for RSVP purposes and other wedding related updates. But most importantly, include a deadline for guests to RSVP by because there’s always the handful who are late! This section of the invite could read, ‘Please respond by 24th July whether you can come or not.’
Other Things To Include
These are helpful items for guests so they can plan ahead for the big day!
Direction and Accommodation
If the ceremony and venue are in remote areas, it would be best to include directions from the nearest town or the best routes for public transport. Or if the wedding is abroad, suggest the best airlines, flight times and car hire companies. For those travelling a far distance, suggest a list of accommodations that are nearby and reasonably priced.
Information About Parking
If the location of the ceremony and venue are places the guests haven’t been before, inform them about if and where they can park, especially if it’s in the city! Include numbers of local trusted taxi venues for those travelling on public transport to a remote venue.
Details Before and After Wedding
If you are planning a welcome dinner or a leisurely day after the wedding, here is the time to let guests know as it gives them time to organise. Alternatively, you could suggest the local sights and good places for food and drink for those who are staying and making a break of it.
Is There A Dress Code?
If the wedding has a particular theme that affects the dress code, now is the time to let the guests know so they can get their outfits! Some examples of dress codes are; black tie, morning dress, cocktail attire, smart casual, summer suits or even fancy dress!
It is very unlikely that the bride or groom will have their phones nearby on the wedding day, so leave the contact details of a member of the wedding party or a close family member if guests have any questions or get lost on the big day!
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