Your beloved has popped the question and you’ve excitedly said: “Yes!” Now that you’re officially engaged, the next step is to announce the Big Day to your family and friends.Personalised wedding invitations allow you to let everyone know about your wedding, in a style that perfectly reflects you and your future spouse’s personalities.
The wedding invitations are an important part of the wedding planning process. The invitation provides the impending wedding announcement and the first point of contact between the bride and groom and their invited guests.
Before you can let everyone know your amazing love story news you’ll need to decide on the design of the wedding invitations, and the appropriate wording to include. Do you want something traditional and formal? Or a design that is more modern and informal? If you have a wedding theme in mind this can also be helpful.
Once you’ve chosen the style of the wedding invitations, it’s finally time to add the essential finer details that are not to be forgotten…
The Names Of The Happy Couple
Although it seems obvious to not forget to proudly announce the names of the happy couple getting wed, you do need to give some thought to how you want to state this.
Formal weddings traditionally feature the full names of the bride and groom, and may also include a Host line – which is reserved for the name/s of whomever is paying for the wedding.
If you’ve opted for an informal affair, announcing just the first names of the bride and groom is perfectly acceptable. Do remember to ensure that the bride’s name always comes before the groom’s!
The Day & The Date
With so much on your mind and so many things to get organised in a short amount of time, overlooking the important day and date of the wedding is easily done, when you’re writing your invitations. Without this vital piece of information your family and friends won’t know when the Big Day is.
Once you and your partner have checked your calendars and have agreed on a day for your wedding, you will need to think about how you want to present this on the invitations.
Choose between standard British or American date formats and include the day of the week (Saturday), the date (17thAugust) and the year.
The Time Of The Event
Unless you’re such a chilled out couple that you’re not fussed when guests show up, you will obviously want to include the correct time of the wedding ceremony on your invitations.
For a formal wedding, write out the time in words – three o’clock in the afternoon.
If writing out the time in numbers, don’t forget to clarify by adding the correct am or pm, like so – 3.00 pm. If you prefer to state the time using the 24-hour clock, no am/pm is required.
For guests that are only invited to attend the reception, add the start time to the invitation.
Location Of The Wedding, And The Reception
Guests need to know where to go, whether they are invited to the main event wedding ceremony and the reception, or just to the reception party. You do not need to add the full address details of the wedding venue to the invitations, as you can provide this later on when giving your guests directions.
Adding the name of the wedding venue –The Grand Manor – and the town or county is sufficient. You can provide additional directions on a separate guest card, inserted into the envelope with the wedding invitation. Guests are usually more than happy to look up the relevant address details, when they’re checking out your venue online. It’s also helpful to include the details of hotels and B&B accommodation for guests that are travelling a distance and need somewhere to stay overnight.
If your wedding ceremony and reception are to be held in different venues, make sure that you provide the details of both locations. State the ceremony venue first, and add the reception venue on a separate line to avoid a potential mix up.
Guests that are invited just to the reception will need to know where to go and the time that they are expected to arrive.
Once you have all the relevant pieces of important information written down on the wedding invitations, you will also want to include RSVP contact details and deadline. Without a response from your guests you won’t have a clue how many people to expect in attendance on your wedding day.
The RSVP deadline date is typically two to three weeks before the wedding date. This gives your guests plenty of time to check their social calendars and to send you a courteous reply, accepting or declining your invitation.
Family and close friends will probably give you their excited response straight away! But you may have to chase up a few people who are slow in responding.
A final thought…
It’s a good idea to check for common spelling errors before sending out your wedding invitations. If using a professional wedding vendor for your personalised wedding invitations, you can benefit from their inclusive spell checking and proofreading services. Your chosen wedding invitations will be beautifully presented in your preferred design style, layout and colours to complement your wedding theme. All you will need to do is add the names of the invitation recipients and address the envelopes.