Sending a wedding invitation isn’t as straight forward as telling your guests the place and time. So we have outlined the 8 most important things to include in your wedding invitations to ensure your guests have all the information they need for your big day!
1. The Reception Card
If your wedding reception isn’t in the same place as your ceremony include a small card with the details of the venue, the time they are required to be there and confirm whether or not food will be provided.
2. Directions and a Map
Ensure your guests don’t get lost with a detailed map, reliable directions and an address with a post code for the sat nav! Also include public transport options and numbers for local taxi companies for those who choose not to drive.
3. Accommodation Options
For your out of town guests give them the details of some local hotels and B&Bs with in a range of budgets. If you are going to have a lot of guests needing over night accommodation, speak to a local hotel about getting a discounted rate if a certain number of rooms are booked. Upon check in get your guests to state they are with your wedding party to receive their discount.
4. Plus One Options
Make it clear on your invitation who exactly is invited. Are they allowed a plus one? Are the kids invited? You don’t want to be left having an embarrassing conversation on the big day, explaining why your friend’s boyfriend doesn’t have a seat at the dinner table!
5. The Dress Code
Not everyone will have a dress code for their wedding, but if you do this is the best time to tell your guests, giving them plenty of time to sort out a suitable outfit.
6. Your Wedding Website
Wedding websites are becoming an increasingly popular option for brides and grooms who want to stay in contact with their guests throughout the planning process and sending the link along with the invitation is a good time to share it. Whilst all the information included in this article can be put on the website, we still recommend sending everyone a hard copy, since all your guests may not be computer literate.
7. Gift List
We know asking for wedding gifts or money can be awkward, but your guests will want to know what the gift giving etiquette is for your wedding. Whatever form of gift giving you ask for, make sure it doesn’t sound obligatory and provide them with links if its an online gift list.
8. RSVP Cards
There will always be guests who take ages to reply to your invitation so make sure you make it as easy as possible for them to respond. Opt for a simple RSVP invite with tick boxes or cross out options and include a self addressed and stamped envelope. An RSVP card is also a great opportunity to ask you guests if they have dietary requirements or what food option they’d prefer if you are offering a choice of menus.