We’ve all received an invitation at some point in our lives, whether it be for a birthday party, a christening or various other important events – but none are quite as important as the wedding invite – and many people overlook their importance.
Sure, at this juncture it’s safe to say that people will throw away awful looking invitations at the drop of a hat that glaringly show that zero effort was put into them. After all, no one expects a guest to keep something that even the Bride and Groom haven’t taken the time on designing.
Wedding invitations are, without question, one of the most essential elements when it comes to planning this special occasion because it invariably sets the tone of what guests are to expect on this day whilst at the same time also helping the guests prepare for your wedding.
Wedding invites, when properly designed with thought and care can remain in guests possessions for years – keeping invitations out of the rubbish and in the memory books instead! With this being said, here are a few reasons why this invites shouldn’t be overlooked and also information that you should include on your invitations for your big day according to Bride and Groom Direct
Set the tone
Ask yourself this question – have you ever received a wedding invitation and immediately envisioned the big day? Well, if you answer no then unfortunately you haven’t been sent a invitation that properly sets the tone – if you answered yes then kudos to the Bride and Groom for getting it right!
If you’re planning this special day that is extravagant with fireworks, decadent culinary masterpieces and a night to remember – the wedding invitation should mirror this. Imagine your guests receiving a silk engraved box with a hand-tied satin ribbon? This is called setting the tone – guests will automatically know that they should wear their very best attire.
Create that excitement in guests
If guests receive well-designed wedding invitations where it is clear the bride and groom have put an awful lot of effort into them it can instil excitement into guests and anticipation for your big day.
Providing the guests with the info they need
Okay, so this is probably the most important part of the wedding invitations, the who, when dress code and accommodation information – let’s look at these important pieces of info in a little more depth – do not miss these off your wedding invites, if can spell disaster!
This is probably something that you’d assume people don’t overlook on a wedding invitation but the truth is, it has been overlooked before and it will be again. Always advise on your invitation what time the event will start (not when the music starts!!). The time on the invite should be the time your bridal party will commence to walk down the aisle.
Guests should normally aim to arrive 10 minutes early to ensure that everyone is in place prior to the bride walking down the aisle.
Don’t forget to also include the time of the reception on the invite and when dinner is served – these are valuable information for your guests.
When issuing an address on your wedding invitations you should include the full address and city. If many guests aren’t local they will need to navigate easily to your venue, so before placing the address on your wedding invitations do some research on navigation and do a couple of test runs to the venue.
- Dress Code
Do you expect you guests to be in smart, formal attire? If the answer is yes, then they’ll need to know! This is something that many people miss out on a wedding invitation and it has invariably caused problems before where there has been a misunderstood dress code.
Be clear and concise with how you want your guests to dress, they don’t have a crystal ball.
It’s actually common practice for the bride and groom to reserve rooms local to a wedding venue or reception venue for their guests (especially if they’re not local). Be sure to mention accommodation options on your wedding invitation so that guests can make their plans at either the venue you select or a different one.