WEDDING INVITATION IDEAS

Planning your wedding is probably the biggest day you will personally have to organize in your life. It’s a huge undertaking. With the importance of the day, stress is inevitable as you try to make everything perfect. From flowers to table cloths, the list of details is long. For this reason it seems that wedding invitations can get overlooked at times.
The wedding invitation is the very first impression your guests will have about your wedding ! We all know that first impressions are lasting, so ensuring the appropriate attention has been allocated to your wedding invitations will do wonders in setting the stage for your guests to enjoy and share blissful memories of your special day. Building anticipation is a good way of ensuring your big day will be remembered. Also, it’s worth noting that your guests may have received several wedding invitations that year so it might be worth investing some extra effort into your wedding invitation and making it that little bit more original, which will help your invitation stand out from the others.
Making your wedding invitation more informative might also be something that you may have overlooked when planning the details of your wedding invitation. It is vital that information such as location, times and other significant details are incorporated. People may be traveling from lengthy distances and may also be looking to plan in advance to save money and hassle. For this reason guests will appreciate your thoughtfulness in notifying them in advance. Other details you may want to include that will ensure a stress free day for your guests, might include eating requirements, disability facilities or other factors that may need to be considered in advance.

It is also worth noting that the wedding invitation is not the only stationary you will need to organize in the build up to the big day. Other stationary you might need are reply cards, which will make it easier for your guests to R.S.V.P, which will in turn make the planning of your day easier. Thank you cards are also important to send your guests after your big day. Ordering all stationary together will not only make your life a whole lot easier but may save you a lot of money, not to mention time, when ordering in bulk.

Providing Pertinent Information

Obviously one of the most important reasons for having the perfect invitation is to include all of the proper information for your guests. They certainly won’t be tossing it in the trash if it is full of useful details! Below are some of the important things to include in your invitation suite:

Who?

This seems like a bit of a “duh” thing to add, but it is incredibly important to put who the invitation is coming from. Not only should you include the bride and the groom (obviously — lol!), but if the parents are helping host the event their information should be included. Generally, the bride’s parents are the hosts, but if the groom’s parents are helping out, their names should be included as well.
One other thing to think about is to make sure people know who the bride and groom are when they receive their invitation. Maybe the groom always goes by a nickname and no one would know who he was if it wasn’t included. Feel free to make it personal, proper etiquette doesn’t always apply to each and every situation.

When?

Once again, something you would assume would be second nature, but it’s important to do it properly. Always say when the event will start — not when the music will start. The time on your invitation should be the time your bridal party will begin to walk down the aisle. As a guest, you should always plan to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the time provided on the invitation. Also, don’t forget to include when your cocktail hour and reception will begin. You may also want to say when dinner will be served because the beginning of the reception is not always the beginning of dinner — you don’t want hungry guests!

Where?

When writing the ceremony location you should include the full street address and the city. If many guests are from out of state you can include the state as well. There is no need for the zip code, it’s not very appealing on the eyes to have an extra string of numbers on your formal invitation. You can follow the same rules for the reception information.
Feel free to include directions on a separate, but matching card, especially if guests are coming in from out of town or if the route is tricky or may be under construction. To be completely helpful, include directions from the hotel to the church and from the church to the reception. Everyone has GPS nowadays, but they don’t always provide what you would consider the best route.

Dress Code?

Do you expect your guests to arrive in suit and tie? Well then be sure to tell them! Also, the big one people miss in this department is telling guests your event will be held outdoors. Outdoor weddings require different attire, especially for the ladies, so be sure to let your guests know on the invitation so they can wear their flats so they don’t sink into the grass and bring a shawl to keep them warm if the day is chilly. Don’t forget to include your Plan B if the weather chooses not to cooperate.

Accommodation Information

It is common practice to reserve a block of rooms at a local hotel for your guests. A separate, but matching, card included in your invitation suite is the perfect place to provide that information. You can also include information on shuttles if the hotel is providing one to and from your event.

Wedding Website

Have a wedding website that’s full of all sorts of useful information about you, your bridal party and how the whole love affair got started? Feel free to share that with your guests, too! Be sure you’re not using the crazy long link on your invitation suite though —it makes it almost impossible for guests to properly type it into the browser.
Remember, the more personal and about you an invitation suite is, the more apparent it will be to the guests that you put your whole heart and soul into the event. Now that you’re armed with this great information on how to make your wedding invitation suite exciting and useful, go on out and create that beautiful invitation your guests will want to show off to their friends! Happy Planning!














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