Important Information Every Wedding Invitation Should Have – Tips for Planning Your Wedding Invites
Well done! You’ve been busy planning for your wedding day, and now it’s time to start thinking about your wedding invitations. Have you been asking yourself “what information do I need to include in my wedding invitations?”
Sail and Swan have put a really helpful checklist together so that you can think ahead and start getting yourself ready.
Being prepared ahead of time will make the process easier and quicker!
Step 1 – Decide on What Style/Themed Invitations you would like
Before diving in to the nitty gritty details, it pays to think about a few basic ideas first, like what style and themed invites you want.
- You may want your invites to tie in strongly with your wedding theme. If so, what colours are important? And what style is your wedding – Modern? Country rustic? These are important elements to consider while you are searching for wedding invitations and will help make you more decisive.
- It’s good to decide this before contacting any suppliers and asking for quotes, as this will help you to be focused and get the right pricing for what you actually need. Most suppliers are very helpful and have lots of ideas, but the best idea you can give them is exactly what you want and like, as they can’t read your mind.
Step 2 – Important Information Every Wedding Invitation Should Have
Once you’re ready to go ahead with your invitations, your supplier will need some info from you before they can start designing them.
Here is a guide and checklist of information for your wedding invitations:
- Your wedding date
- You and your partner’s names as you would like them to appear on the invites (first names only, first and last names, formal vs informal eg some Elizabeths prefer to go by ‘Libby’ instead)
- Ceremony Start time
- Ceremony Venue and Address
- Reception Start time (if applicable)
- Reception Venue and Address
- Dress Code if necessary
- If you are having drinks, canapés, a high tea or games between your ceremony and reception, you may wish to include this.
- A date for guests to RSVP by. Make sure you have given yourself enough time before the wedding date to get your RSVPs back. Remember, you’ll need to plan your seating arrangement and finalize numbers for your catering and venue so the sooner you can receive your RSVPs the better.
- Contact details for the RSVPs – will they texted to a phone number, mailed to an email address or will they be posted in the mail?
- Some couples like to have an additional card for wishing well or gift registry details. This tends to be too wordy to include on the invitation itself, and is seen as politer to be included on a separate card. If this is important to you, I would definitely recommend including it. We have a great post on wishing well wording ideas here. Notifying guests of a wishing well is great because you can receive cash instead of traditional gifts, and put those funds toward your honeymoon or house. Gift Registries are also great because they avoid getting double ups of gifts.
- Some couples also like to include an additional information card for their guests. Typically the kind of information this would include is things like directions and parking, accommodation for guests who are travelling, and bus pick-ups and drop-offs.
Step 3 – Deciding on your Wording
Many invitation suppliers will have a suggested template or wording that you can use. This is the option I would recommend, as your supplier;s wording will probably be the best fit for the design or artwork they create.
Having said that, Sail and Swan have a thorough guide on formal wedding invitation wording here that you can check out.