When it comes to wedding invitations, there is more involved then you first think! Is it ok not to send invitations to people who you sent RSVP cards to? Even if they RSVP’d yes? This is a common question! Yes its ok. It’s understandable that you didn’t know then how many people would respond or what your budget was. But it is nice to let them know not to save the date!
Tone of Voice
When choosing the wording for your wedding invitations, it’s important to first refer back to your RSVP cards. You need to keep the tone of voice the same! So if it was formal or fun initially you need to keep it that way all the way through.
First things first!
Traditionally at the top of the invitation you would say that the parents of the bride and groom invite you to celebrate the joining of the bride and groom. This is traditional but you need to consider what works for you. It is a nice way to make the parents feel included!
The invitations need to be more specific than the RSVP cards were. Try to include anything that will help your guests such as places to stay, a map of the area, other things to do while in the area if they have travelled far and any transportation that might be available.
It is essential that you are very clear about who exactly is invited (even if you were on the RSVP card). This way no one gets confused and you don’t end up a meal and chair short for your guests!
It is important to include some details about the reception. Something like ‘dinner and dancing to follow at …’. If you are struggling with the size of the guest list, there is always the option to just invite people to the reception or vice versa. This will mean different invitations though so consider this before hand!
Tie in the theme
When choosing your wedding invitations its also a good idea to add elements of the theme of your wedding. For example if you are having a wedding somewhere tropical, these invitations would tie in nicely with the theme.
Other Bits and Pieces
If you are having a wishing well instead of presents then you should include something in the invitation about this too. An idea would be to have a kind of poem on the back of the invitation that explains this… but don’t make it too cryptic!
Other than the above, you just need to have a good think about what you want people to know about your wedding. And don’t rush! Once they have been sent its much harder to update your guests.
Need to know how to word your RSVP cards? See here