So you’re planning a wedding.
You’ve set a budget, you’ve selected a venue, you’ve made your guest list. You’ve also read up on wedding planning tips from the pros to make sure you’re not missing anything.
Now its time to send out your wedding invitations – and you’re stuck.
Wedding invitation wording can be a tricky thing to decide. Exactly WHAT should be included on a wedding invitation? WHERE should I print my wedding invitations? Do I have to send hardcopies? Can’t I just send an email wedding invitation or a video invite instead?
That’s just the start of it. Things can get really tough when you start to think about plus ones at your wedding. This can be one of the challenging things to decide, as allowing guests to bring a plus one will add a significant amount to your budget. But if you choose to go without, how do you word your invitations so they won’t be offended? How do you decide what counts as a plus one? Should you invite your friends fiance to your wedding? Even more, what about your friends and relatives with children? Should they be invited to your wedding?
So clearly wording your invitations can feel a bit like tiptoeing across a thin sheet of ice, with deep, dark waters lurking within. How do you make those decisions without staying up all night stressing out? While there is no easy answer, we wanted to share the best tips and approaches we’ve heard to wedding invitation wording. There are lots of options when it comes to wedding invitations, and so we’ve hope some of these make wording your invites a little easier!
1 – Include names at the top of the invite
This is the easiest way of clearly and politely saying who is invited, and who is not. Plus it makes guests feel special and thought of – not just part of a mass mailing list 🙂
2 – If its adults only, make it clear on the invitation.
Don’t feel bad about saying adults only, but make it crystal clear on the invite to make sure there aren’t any mixups. Certain close relatives might be an exception, if so let them know on the invite. Also consider having the kids at the ceremony, with an adult only reception as a compromise. If you’re worried guests won’t be able to make it without their kids, you can always provide a babysitting service for the night.
3 – Consider a wedding invitation video to add extra details / personalized touch
Wedding invites don’t have to be in paper form anymore! With so much of our lives revolving around social media and happening online, a video invite is a great way to give extra info to your guests, or forgo paper invitations altogether (although that might be a little tough to get older relatives like granda and grandpa online!) We love filming invitations and thankyou videos for our couples, and offer it as part of our top package, or as an add on service. Contact us for more info on a video wedding invitation.
4 – Print the basics, but leave room for handwritten additions
This is if you have nice handwriting of course! Anything you add to customize your invitations will be appreciated. It can be especially helpful to leave some blank space in your design to add in little details certain guests will need while others won’t.
5 – Avoid clutter on the invite by adding a link to all the details
Wedding websites are all the rage now, and they can be a fantastic way for guests to get information, see your engagement photography, or post their photos of your wedding for you to share. But if this is too complicated for you, you can always attach a link to an info sheet you upload to google drive, or create a quick invite video with your iphone giving guests the extra info. Easy, simple, free. Doesn’t get much better than that 🙂
6 – Personalize!
Incorporate a photo from your engagement shoot, or style the invites in a way that represents something unique about you. The best weddings period are the ones that are themed around things unique to the bride and groom! So dig into your creativity, and stay true to it.
7 – Make sure to include ALL the details!
Date, start time, canapes? Reception time, addresses, how to RSVP, wedding registry info, accommodation options, plus one/children info. If you can’t fit all this on the invitation, include a link to where they can find all the details (wedding website, google drive doc, youtube video etc) You can also consider using larger envelopes and including a separate sheet with all this info in it.
8 -If design isn’t your thing, there are TONS stationary designers out there.
A quick look on Pinterest will show you you’re in good company! Don’t stress about doing EVERYTHING yourself. Yes it can be done cheaper, but there is also a cost to your time. If its not something you want to do, delegate or outsource it to someone else. Trust us, you’ll be glad you did 🙂
That’s Our Top Tips!
Hopefully they make wording your invitations a little bit easier! We’ve scoured the internet to bring you our top picks when it comes to wedding invitations. Hope they inspire! For your reference below, we’ve also put together some lists of local Kelowna Vendors for wedding invitation design and printing.
Wedding Invitation Designs We Love:
Kelowna Wedding Invitation Design Services:
Kelowna Wedding Invitation Print Options:
We hope you enjoyed these wedding invitation wording tips and inspiration. If you have some other tips, please let us know in the comments below!