The next post on our series regarding invitations is just some basic information that you should keep in mind while planning. We also hope that you find some inspiration in the pretty invitations that are included from local vendors!
Adult only weddings
Weddings aren’t always the most “kid friendly” occasion and when couples start including children, the guest count (and budget) can increase drastically, which is why some couples opt to have an adult only wedding. When addressing the invitations (we will get into that on the next post in the series), make sure to address the invitations just to the parents. Only the names who are on the invitation should be invited. If you are finding that guests are RSVPing for their children, it is okay to contact them and let them know that while you still love their children, you have chosen to have a wedding that is adult only.
If most of your guests are couples, it might be nice to extend a plus-one to some of your single guests to make them feel more comfortable. In addition, if you have a guest who might not know anybody many others in attendance, they too might feel more comfortably bringing a plus-one. If a guest has a serious significant other, you should also put their name on the envelope instead of “and guest.” If you do not extend a plus-one to someone who has RSVPd that they are bringing a date, it’s okay to let them know that while you would love to have their guest join; unfortunately there is no more room at the reception.
Reception start time
If you are planning on having your ceremony and reception at different locations, it is important to state on the invitation where the reception will be and what time it will start. This will help guests to manage their time between the ceremony and reception so that they don’t show up to the reception too early, especially if you’re planning on having quite a bit of time between the ceremony and reception. If you’re planning on having your ceremony and reception in the same place, it is acceptable just to write “reception to follow” or “dinner and dancing to follow” on the invitation.
Wedding websites seem to be more popular as it is a great way for couples to let guests know where they are registered, hotel and travel accommodations and wedding weekend activities all in one place without having to put all of that information in with your invitation. You could opt to do a small enclosure card that just says “for more information, please see view our wedding website” along with your site address. This is also something that could be included on the save-the-dates.
As always, we hope that you have found this to be helpful! We have one more in this series on invitations which will cover how to properly address them. Keep your eyes out for that next month!