Occasionally, we come across a bride or couple on a tight budget, and we’ll hear, “We want the cheapest wedding invitations possible!”
Or sometimes something like, “I don’t want to waste a lot of money on invitations because people just throw them away.”
And we all collectively wince.
However, we do agree – folks will toss crappy wedding invitations that glaringly show there was no thought or effort put into them.
No one expects a guest to keep something even the bride and the groom don’t care about. Wedding invitations are one of the most essential parts of planning a wedding because they set the tone of what guests are to expect on the wedding day while at the same time helping them prepare for your event.
This will definitely will keep them out of the trash and in the memory books!
Of course, we talked amongst ourselves, had a chat with some of our past brides and couples and our favorite wedding planning professionals, to find out their thoughts.
Below are a few reasons why wedding invitations are so important and the information you should include on them to make your guests more comfortable and prepared for your Best Day Ever!
Have you ever received a wedding invitation in the mail and been able to envision the wedding day?
If your answer is no then you’ve probably never received a wedding invitation that properly set the tone.
If your answer is yes, that couple did it right!
The invitation to anything, especially a wedding, should exude the theme of the event to come.
A full-on extravagant bash complete with a fireworks send-off should have an equally extravagant invitation — imagine receiving an engraved invitation suite printed on the finest stock placed in a silk box, hand-tied with satin ribbon and adorned with a rhinestone brooch. You would know to dress in your finest attire and expect nothing but the best at the event, which means your wedding invitations are setting the tone perfectly.
Receiving the perfect wedding invitation in the mail should make you ready for the wedding to arrive.
If a bride and groom put thought into what their invitation looks and feels like, it is definitely conveyed to the guest. A fun-filled wedding with a circus theme should have wedding invitations that makes people chomp at the bit for the big day to arrive.
Obviously one of the most important reasons for having the perfect wedding invitation is to include all 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 wedding invitation suite:
Who? – This seems like a bit of a “duh” thing to add, but it is incredibly important to put who the wedding 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, 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 wedding invitations. 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 wedding 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 your wedding invitations. 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 your wedding invitations 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 wedding 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 wedding invitation suite though —it makes it almost impossible for guests to properly type it into the browser. Use a site like bit.ly to shorten and customize your link.
And, whatever you do, don’t forego elements of your wedding invitation suite in lieu of the wedding website. That website is not a replacement for Save the Date cards and wedding invitations. The tangible, tactile experience of opening a beautiful and thoughtfully designed wedding invitation is one that each of your guests deserves to have. Make that experience a memorable one!
Remember, the more personal and about you your wedding invitation suite is, the more apparent it will be to the guests that you put your whole heart and soul into the event.
You made need some help pulling it all together. And we’re here to help you navigate this. Get in touch with us, and schedule some time to chat with the fabulous Fran. She is excited to speak with you about your colors, paper choices, and fonts. All the little details that will make your wedding invitations stand out and become close-to-the-heart keepsakes!
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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 wedding invitation your guests will want to show off to their friends!
Wedding invitations may seem like a small part of your big day, but they really aren’t. They are, indeed, the banner that sets the tone for your Best Day Ever!