So, you’re trying to organise your Wedding Invitations... but what do you need them to say? Invites should include where and when you are getting married and any other info that your guest need to know. Here’s 10 Things to include in your Wedding Invitations:
1. WEDDING DETAILS
It may sound silly to say some of this but most likely you’ve not done this before so it’s always good to start somewhere! Date, time, and location of the wedding ceremony and reception. It’s up to you if you want to included the full address and postcode of your venue, as not everyone will be local.
2. WEDDING HOSTS
The traditional wording for invitations was that the Brides parents hosted the wedding (as they were paying) e.g. ‘Mr & Mrs Smith would like to invite you to the marriage of their daughter’. Now it’s more common that the couple themselves pay for the wedding, so it can be phrased ‘Lindsay & David would like to invite you to their wedding’. Also a more modern way to include everyone is to say ‘Together with their families ’.
3. RSVP DETAILS
The term "RSVP" comes from the French expression répondez s'il vous plaît, meaning "please respond”. You need to provide a date that guests have to reply by. This will usually be a few weeks before you need to confirm with the venue. You can ask your guests to reply to an address (with postcode) or increasingly commonly by email or text. It’s not set in stone that you have to send an RSVP card with your invitation, it up to you if you want to include this in your wedding invitations. If you would like your guests to RSVP to a wedding website or by text/email, then you obviously wouldn’t need to include one.
4. ACCOMMODATION DETAILS
Things to include in your Wedding Invitations can be info on where you guests can stay after your wedding. You may have worked out a deal with your venue that your guests get a discounted rate, so you’ll need to tell them this. It might be that you can’t stay at your venue so you’ll need to tell people the best alternative accommodation in the area.
It may be useful to give your guest the easiest way to find your venue. This might be how far away the nearest train station is or the actual turn off for the venue as the post code for Sat Nav doesn’t quite get it right.
6. TRANSPORT DETAILS
It’s becoming more common that couples are providing transport to and from the venue for their guests. You will need to tell them where the pick-ups and drop-offs are and at what time. You can ask them how many seats they will need on the bus on your RSVP card. If you are asking for contribution then let them know how to get the money to you.
7. GIFT POEMS
as traditional Gift List are in decline it’s more common for you to ask your guests for vouchers or a cash contribution to your honeymoon, but it can feel a bit cheeky. A nice way to do it is phrase it a short poem. It’s up to you what to include on your Wedding Invitations and I have plenty of different poems to reflect your wishes and personality.
8. MENU OPTIONS
More and more venues are keen to know the menu choices and numbers in advance so you’ll need to ask your guests. You don’t always have to give them the whole menu, just the ‘beef’, ‘chicken’ or ‘vegetarian option’. This way you won’t give the game away but you’ll know your guests’ preferences. It’s also useful to ask if anyone has any special dietary requirements, like Vegetarian or Vegan.
Are you inviting children? If not, it’s best to be upfront and tell your guests that there will be no children at your wedding. Sometimes this is down to personal preference or it may be that your venue can’t accommodate under 18’s. Telling your guests outright means that there will be no confusion as to whether children are included in the invitation, which then allows them to find a baby sitter as soon as possible. Often just reminding them that you would like them to have a stress-free day of dinner, drinks, and dancing can do the trick!
Do you need to tell your guests what time they need leave the venue? If so, it can be politely said as “Carriages”. You’ll need to let them know what time to arrange getting home. It can be useful to give taxi numbers as some of your guests might not be local and won’t know who to book.
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