Do you need to order your wedding invitations, but don’t know what to say, what to include or where to begin? If so, you’re in the right place! This handy guide will hopefully help you come up with the details your guests will need to know for your Wedding Day to run smoothly. Wording Your Invites: There are many different ways to come up with your wedding invitation wording. There is no right or wrong way, so you should just do whatever suits you as a couple. There is however, some key information to include on your invites which should be very clear which is: • Your Names • Your Wedding Date • Your Venue (Or venues if your reception is in a different location) • The Start Time
Day Invitations: Traditionally, weddings are paid for by the bride’s parents, which is why they are considered the hosts of the day and the invite usually appears to be addressed from them. This is certainly not always the case today with couples paying for the majority of their wedding bill from their own pockets with donations sometimes from parents on either side. Here’s an example of how you may word your invitations where the Bride’s Parents are the hosts:
If you want to include parents on an equal basis from both sides, or if your parents are no longer together for whatever reason, then simply adding: “Together with their parents"
Alternatively, if you don’t want to list your parents on your invite at all, you can word it so the invite is extended from the couple directly.
Evening/Afters Invitations: For invites being sent to evening only guests you’ll need to slightly amend the wording to reflect that by changing the start time, venue (if necessary) and make sure that you include the words “Evening Reception” in the wording to avoid confusion and make it clear that this is an invitation to the evening only. Here is an example for the evening guests:
RSVPs: There are three main methods of getting your guests to RSVP. These are: • By Post • By Phone/Text Message • By Email There are other less common ways to RSVP such as using a wedding website for your event or social media such as a Facebook group created for your wedding day. Make sure whichever way you chose for your guests to RSVP that you include the method they should use, including any postal addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers or website URLs they will need to do so. If you use an RSVP postcard such as the ones you can choose with the wedding invitations on offer at SENTIMENTS, then you can have all the information pre-printed so all your guests need to do is fill in their name, tick a box to tell you if they are coming or not, put a stamp on it and pop it in the post box. Easy! The most important thing to remember when choosing your “RSVP by” date is to give yourself enough time between the date you choose and your wedding date. You should also check when you need to confirm guest numbers with your chosen venue or caterer or how many seats you need for a bus or other transport methods before booking them and take these things into account when choosing an appropriate RSVP deadline date. It’s a good idea to give your guests at least 4-6 weeks between receiving their invitation and the deadline to RSVP by.
Accommodation/Information Card: An additional card with your invitation for guests travelling to your wedding with a list of options for accommodation. Your chosen venue may be able to offer accommodation, but if that’s not the case or it’s limited to only a few rooms, then usually your venue will be able to recommend something relatively close by. Try to include a variety to suit all budgets and ring ahead to actually check there is availability. You may even be able to get a discount code for your guests to quote on booking. A list of contact details for taxi companies local to the venue is also a valuable resource for guests, especially if they need to be pre-booked. You may wish to contact the companies beforehand to let them know you are having a wedding at your chosen venue and are looking for taxis for your guests to use on the day and ask if it is ok to include them in your list. If you are providing transport for your guests then it is a good idea to mention this on the information card.
The Night Before & The Next Day : If you are having a meal the night before, or a breakfast the morning after your wedding day and you would like to invite guests to join you, such as those that live locally or that are staying at the venue or in hotels nearby then you may wish to mention this in the invitation or on the Information Card with the locations and times. Finally do make a list of the things you need to check, then research and make some notes about what you want your guests to know and what you want to include within your own invitations. Once you have finalised everything, then you can work out if you need to order an extra info card (or two!) SENTIMENTS will be happy guide you through all the possibilities.