I am often asked ‘what should I include in my wedding invitations?’. Most people have absolutely no idea of what they want or need to include in their invitations, after all, you probably haven’t done this before. My advice is, don’t over think it, don’t over fill it and most definitely, don’t worry about it!! I have lots of experience in this (over 13 years in fact) so leave it with me!
*Invitations don’t have to be a stressful task.*
Here are my top 10 recommendations of what to include in your wedding invitations. Do get in touch with your questions.
The invitation includes the host’s names (this was traditionally the parents as they were often footing the bill, but not always the case today), the couple’s names, the date, the venue(s) and the time of the ceremony.
Hopefully your guests will pop their reply in the post promptly!
The reply card should include a reply address, a date to reply by, a chart for menu choices if required, perhaps a song request for your D.J. or band, and finally any special dietary requirements or allergies. If you want to go that extra mile for your guests, you could include a printed addressed envelope with a stamp.
3. Wedding Venue Details
Include the full address of both the ceremony and reception venues if they are different. Make sure to include postcodes so your guest can pop it into their sat nav.
4. Venue Accommodation
If your wedding venue has accommodation, they may be able to offer your guests a preferential room rate. Your guests will love to know about this!
5. Alternative Accommodation
This is useful, particularly if your guests are travelling. Perhaps mention 2 or 3 that are not too far from your venue. Be careful that you don’t go overboard. Most people use google and will often do their own research!
6. Local Taxi’s
If your guests are not from the area, local taxi numbers come in very handy. Taxis may also need to be booked in advance which is helpful to mention.
If your guests wish to leave their vehicle at the venue overnight, the venue may request that the vehicle is collected by a certain time the following day.
8. Gift Information
It is a fact that your guests WILL want to give you a gift. There are a plethora of poems that politely request money for a new home or the honeymoon of your dreams. Perhaps you have opted for a gift list at a store? You may prefer to request no gifts and ask for a small donation to your favourite charity.
This is becoming increasingly popular as more couples choose, or are simply unable to include children at their wedding. This can be worded appropriately so as not to offend!
10. Wedding Breakfast Menu
You may be giving your guests a choice for their meal at your wedding. My advice would be to keep the wording of the menu as simple as possible. There is no need to mention your menu if you are not giving your guests a choice, let it be a surprise!
So, in a nutshell, that covers most points when thinking about your invitations and what to include. Remember, you don’t have to include all of them!
There are many, many ways to word your wedding invitation, whether its formal, fun or quirky, the choice is yours. Please get in touch for advice and suggestions of which I have many.