Be sure that your guests are provided with all the details they require to celebrate your wedding. Here’s what to include in your invitations to weddings.
You’ve selected your wedding invitation’s design, and the next step is to finalize the message. If you’re unsure of what to include on your wedding invitations, we’ve created a list to ensure you have all the Information you need. It’s important to note that there’s more to more than just the day of the wedding, date, and venue. For instance, you’ll have to provide an option for your guests to sign up and allow guests to log on to the wedding’s website.
Before you get stressed about trying to squeeze all this Information onto one sheet of paper:
- Be aware that you have options.
- Include inserts with your invitations, for example, RSVP card or a map of the location for your wedding to let your guests be aware of what you want them to know.
- Including all this Information will reduce work for you since you won’t be required to answer the identical questions repeatedly to guests attending the wedding
Here’s a list of what you need to include on the wedding invites.
What to Include in Wedding Invitations
If you’re already familiar with the components of the wedding invitation, consult this checklist before placing your order to make sure you’ve covered all your points.
- Names of hosts
- The couple’s names
- Time and date of the ceremony
- Location of the ceremony and reception
- Attire details
- Wedding Website Address
- RSVP card
- More Information about the location
- Name of the guest
- Guest address
- Return address
- Extra postage
Wedding Invitation Information
If you’re not sure about some of the elements required, We’ve created a few clarifications. After you’ve read this, you’ll know the basics about what to put when you send out your wedding invites.
Names of the Hosts
Invitations usually begin by the opening with an “invitational line,” which includes the hosts’ names (whether they’re your parents, your other relatives, or you and your partner). Tips: The hosts usually are the ones who pay on behalf of the occasion. If parents are financially contributing or paying for all costs, it is essential to include them. The invitation phrase is followed by an invitation line like “Request the Pleasure of Your Company,” “Invite You to Celebrate the Marriage of,” or If the ceremony will be held in the context of a place of religious worship, “Request the Honor of Your Presence.”
The Couple’s Names
Naturally, you’ll need to list the names of the couple who are getting married. In most homosexual couples, the name of the woman is first. However, you can arrange your names in any manner that is comfortable for you. LGBTQ and couples are able to choose the names in alphabetical order, based on age, or any other way you’d prefer. You can add your middle and first names and your first and last names or opt for the full legal name (first, middle and final). If your parents’ names are mentioned, generally, couples will be using their middle and first names. However, you may also consider the formality of your wedding ceremony as an example. For example, a black-tie ballroom party could require names in full, while the casual beach ceremony might require just your initials. It’s your wedding day; therefore, do what feels right for you.
Date and Time of Ceremony
Naturally, confirming the wedding date is essential. (Though most likely, your guests have already marked it off already with those save the dates.) Be sure to inform guests of the timing of the ceremony in your invites. The time of the ceremony will notify guests of the time they have to arrive. Be sure to include the hour as well as the day’s time (a.m. as opposed to p.m.) to ensure there’s no confusion. For formal invitations, you should make the time clear instead of using numbers (for example, 4 at o’clock at noon).
Ceremony and Reception Location
No matter if your wedding and reception will be at the same place or at different locations, It’s crucial to provide the address and the name. This way, guests will know where they’re headed and when the celebrations begin. If the reception and ceremony are held at the same place then you could simply add the following lines “Reception to Follow,” “Celebration to Follow,” or “Dinner and Dancing to Follow.” If the reception takes place at an alternative location, it’s best to include a separate reception invitation card that includes the time of the event and address.
The dress code you include on your wedding invitations isn’t required. A majority of invitations today don’t have Information about attire since you can make use of websites for your wedding to convey the Information. But, you should include a note that clarifies the expectations, regardless of whether it’s Casual Dress Code, Dressy Casual Attire, Semi-formal attire, Black Tie Optional, Black Tie, or White Tie. Are you unsure of what dress code is appropriate on your special day? Use our test to figure out the best dress code for you.
Wedding Invitation Insert Information
Once you’ve given your guests the essential Information, you can begin thinking about invitation inserts, the separate cards that will be placed inside the same envelope you used for an invitation to your wedding. They will also include additional Information, such as the RSVP date and the wedding’s website address. Your guests will appreciate receiving everything they need in one envelope to be prepared for your wedding.
Wedding Website Address
Your wedding site is an extremely useful guide for your guests; don’t leave this out! Your wedding website is the ideal spot to add important Information, from registry information to accommodations details and everything between.
Incorporating the RSVP card is crucial in order to confirm the final headcount to your venue as well as the caterer. You can include it on the invitation itself as well as on an additional RSVP card. If you’re using a reply card you should include a date when you’d like guests to reply “yes” or “no.” We recommend setting this date three to four weeks prior to the wedding date. Include a space for attendees to record their name(s) and also. If you’re hosting a plated dinner, be sure to provide a space for them to choose their preferred meal.
Additional Information About the venue
If you’re planning to have your wedding at some unique location (think that it’s a National park) or a place that guests might not have heard of It’s a good idea to include an invitation with more details. The directions for parking, for instance, could be very helpful for guests who haven’t been to the wedding venue. Another option is to create a customized map of the location that shows the exact location where your wedding ceremony and reception are situated in relation to one and the list of things your guests could do leading to the day of your wedding. They’ll be happy to know all the details prior to your wedding and you’ll avoid unnecessary concerns. Win-win!
Wedding Invitation Envelope Information
After you’ve decided on the content for your invites, you’ll have to confirm the envelope’s details.
The names of your guests should be prominently displayed on the wedding invitations. Be sure to use the correct spellings when you begin collecting addresses earlier. We recommend also having them choose the names they prefer (Mr. Mrs. Ms. Miss, the gender-neutral Mx.) in order to ensure that your wedding is as inclusive as you can. In addition, request the couple’s last names, since wedding couples do not always have a surname.
The address of your guest should be under their name. Make sure you confirm this before sending your invitations in order to avoid confusion. If you’re uncertain about someone’s email address you can reach them directly to inquire.
Make sure to add the return address of your invitation on the reverse envelope of your suite’s exterior envelope as well as on the front of the envelope for your reply card. The invitations of your guests don’t want to go missing in the mail, so you’ll require replies cards to plan your event. You could get them printed by your stationer, employ an expert in calligraphy to write them, or design a self-inking rubber stamp or even have your own custom-designed stickers created. Certain online stores offer printing services after you have placed your order.
A word of caution that heavier invitations will require more postage. Bring a full-filled invitation at the postal office in order to determine exactly what stamps you’ll require. In addition, you’ll need to make sure that the card you send is postage-free so that your guests are able to complete it and mail the card your way.