The first impression, the prettiest palette, the neatest design – you’ve chosen your wedding stationery with care, but are you missing the essential details for it to actually work?
Whether you’ve handmade your invitations or fallen for the paper goods of a particular stationer, there is more to your invitations than what they look like (although we are loving the design trends for 2017!). They’re the little bible of information for your guests and, as such, there are certain things they absolutely must have space to include.
It’s the last time you’ll officially announce yourself by your maiden name to friends and family before you reach the aisle, so let your names take pride of place on your wedding invitations.
Don’t make it ambiguous as to who is invited. Name each person specifically, making sure you specify whether it is just them, with or without kids and with or without a plus one.
Your wedding date AND time
Adding the date is obvious, but don’t forget to include the ceremony start time on your wedding invitations, too. In the happy rush of ordering, it can be easy to let silly but essential details like this slip.
Include the details for both the wedding ceremony and the reception if you’re holding them at separate locations. You’ll need to include the names and addresses of both, ideally with directions, too. Again, include the time to arrive at the reception for the guests’ information – and only include this for guests who are evening-only.
When is the latest date for guests to let you know if they’ll be attending? How would you like them to do it – by phone, email, returning an RSVP card, responding on your wedding website or app? Make it easy and clear for guests to get back to you. The sooner you know, the sooner you can get your seating plan sorted (and that’ll be a BIG relief!).
It’s a given for most weddings that gifts will be involved. It might feel strange or presumptive to include your gift list details or requests, but it’ll actually be less awkward for your guests – they’ll know their options and be able to get your gift sorted.
Do you need to add an insert with additional details like parking options, places to stay for guests travelling from further afield, directions from ceremony to reception venue, dress code or specific theme details that they need to be aware of? Remember to order these at the same time as your wedding invitations so that A) they match and B) they can all be sent at once.