There are some basics that everyone knows to include in their wedding invitation: your names, the date, the wedding venue, the time, and RSVP information. After the basics though, what else do you need to include and what should you leave out? Wedding trends change fast, let us help. Read below to find out more.
What to Include
Whether written directions with helpful tips or printing off a pocket-sized map for your guests, this little addition can be super useful. You can screenshot an online map and mark off the ceremony location, reception, and hotel, or you can photoshop a map yourself. You can also hire an artist to make a custom map for you.
Here you can give a few more details about the plan for the day, including what time each part of the event starts at and where people need to be. You can also include information about a next day brunch if you are hosting one for people to say congrats before heading home.
This card tells your guests what hotels or accommodations are available in the area, especially if you have a room block contract with a hotel in place. Provide the name of the accommodation, their telephone number, and address. If you have rooms blocked under a certain name, also provide that information.
What Not to Include
It is fine if you want to have a child-free wedding. It’s your wedding, after all. What you shouldn’t do is include “no children” in your invitation. Instead, be specific as to who is invited and list them by name. When you want to allow your guest to bring a plus one choosing, include their name “and guest” or “plus one.” The best way to handle telling people that no children are invited is to allow it to spread word of mouth via your bridal party and parents or to contact those who you think it may be an issue to let them know directly.
Many people have made this error thanks to the fact that most places you register at give out handy little registry information cards to include in your invites. Generally, though, this is not considered appropriate. Registry information can be spread word of mouth, or you can add a small card in your invite that directs your guests to your wedding website where they can find registry information.
No one wants this! Please, do not include glitter, confetti, or anything that will cause a mess when your invites are opened. Do not glitter bomb your guests!