The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Invitations

Planning your wedding involves making many important decisions, and your wedding invitations are one of the first significant steps in setting the tone for your big day. We’ve gathered some essential tips to help you craft the perfect wedding invitations. From what to include to how to personalise them, we’ve got you covered.

What to Include in Your Invitations

Wedding invitations should clearly communicate all the vital information about your upcoming celebration. Here’s a list of essential details that every invitation should contain:

Who’s Getting Married: Include your names, and if you like, the names of your parents or other key family members.

Example: James & Sarah invite you to the ceremony in celebration of their marriage.

Date and Time: Specify when the wedding ceremony will take place, including the day of the week.

Example: Friday 19th April 2024 at 2:30pm.

Location: Provide the full address of the venue, along with any special instructions for finding it. If your ceremony and reception are in two different locations – remember to include both of these!

Example: At Manor Hill House, Swan Lane, Upton Warren, Bromsgrove, B61 9HE.

Dress Code: Let your guests know how to dress, especially if there’s a specific theme or level of formality.

Example: Please dress formally for this occasion.

RSVP Information: Include a response card or direct your guests to an online RSVP system. Don’t forget to include a deadline for responses.

Example: Please RSVP by 1st March 2024 at (include your system website here).


Choosing the Perfect Design

The design of your wedding invitation is an opportunity to express your personal style and hint at the theme of your wedding. Here are some popular styles to consider:

Minimalist: Simple, clean designs with understated colours and classic typography.

Floral and Botanical: Designs featuring flowers and greenery for a romantic, nature-inspired touch.

Vintage: If you prefer a retro feel, vintage designs with soft colours and ornate patterns could be the perfect choice.

Modern and Bold: If you want your invitation to stand out, choose bright colours and contemporary patterns.

Additional Information to Consider Including

Depending on the specifics of your wedding, you might need to provide additional information to ensure your guests have everything they need. Here are some suggestions:

Accommodation Information: If you have guests traveling from out of town, include hotel recommendations and details about these.

Registry Details: It’s generally best to include registry information on a separate card or a wedding website, rather than on the invitation itself.

Directions and Maps: If your venue is in a remote location or has specific parking instructions, include a map or some detailed directions.

Timeline of the Day: If the guests you are inviting are staying throughout the whole day into the evening, why not add a timeline of events so they know what is happening and when!


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Timing: When to Send Your Invitations

Timing is crucial when sending wedding invitations. Here’s a general timeline to follow:

Save-the-Dates: These should be sent 12 months in advance, especially if your wedding will require travel for guests.

Invitations: Send your formal invitations 6 months before the wedding.

RSVP Deadline: Set the deadline for responses at least 6-8 weeks before your wedding date.

We hope you find these tips helpful as you plan your wedding invitations. If you need additional advice or are interested in hosting your wedding at Manor Hill House, we’d love to help. Contact us to learn more about our venue or to schedule a tour.

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