What Should And Shouldn’t Go In The Wedding Invitation?
When it comes to wedding invitations, it’s surprisingly easy to forget to include key information that should be there. It happens to many, many wedding couples. From small details to main instructions, this wedding planning mishap has happened plenty of times. Many couples also struggle with the etiquette of handling an adults-only ceremony, plus ones, and gift information.
Here’s a guide on exactly what information should be included on your wedding invite, and which shouldn’t. Even if you’re doing something creative and different, this guide will act as a good checklist for you just in case.
Date And Time
Thankfully, most couples do not forget this information. Depending on how formal your ceremony is, you may need to adhere to traditional formal formatting where everything is spelled out, such as “Sunday, the twenty-ninth of December at seven o’clock in the evening”. Not every couple does this, but if you’re having a very formal wedding, keep this in mind.
Locations And Formality
Be sure to include both the ceremony location and the reception location, if they are two separate venues. You may be able to fit in your reception details on the main wedding invitation, but if you can’t, you should include a reception card. This will have the type of reception it is (breakfast reception, dinner reception, etc.), and if children are invited to this portion of the wedding.
Some couples prefer to include a note about attire for their guests. This helps ensure that no one is under- or over-dressed. All you need to do is to add “black tie”, “casual attire”, “cocktail attire”, or whatever type of attire you want somewhere on the invite.
It’s considered a faux pas to include gift or registry information on your wedding invitation. Many couples choose to instead add this information on their wedding website, or if they don’t have one, they rely on word of mouth between family and friends. Because it is appropriate to include registry information on bridal shower invitations, most guests will know where the bride- and groom-to-be are registered.
It may be tempting to write “Adults Only” on your wedding invite, but instead of that, consider making this clear another way—by addressing only the names of invited guests on the response card. (If you get response cards back where parents have written in their children’s names, call them.) Besides this, you can also personally reach out to guests with children to let them know that the wedding is, in fact, adults only. It just tends to look particularly harsh on a wedding invite.
Some couples like to include a “map card” or directions card in their invite. With GPS technology that can go awry, sometimes having a physical map is best to make sure everyone finds their way correctly.
The response card is for you to know exactly who’s coming, and what they want to eat (if you’re having a sit-down dinner). As mentioned before under the “Children” section, the response card is also a great way to make it clear who is invited. If you include each name of each invited guest on specific response cards, it helps eliminate confusion. If you want to give a guest a plus one, this is also the area to do that. If you have your mind made up about having no children attending and you want to be extra clear about it, be sure to reach out to parents after sending your invites.
Working on your wedding invitations should be a fun and creative part of your wedding planning. Hopefully this small guide will help you as you design yours!
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