Whether you are creating beautiful DIY wedding stationery or going with a professional designer and printer, you will come across the question of what wording you will be using to announce and invite others to attend your big day. Depending on the formality of the event, who is hosting, if there is a theme, and where it is being held, the wording and layout will change accordingly.

 

The Basics

You can customize the wording to your heart’s content as long as you still include the basics. These are the names of the two people getting married, who is hosting the event, the location of the ceremony and the reception along with the date and time of each, a way for guests to respond with their attendance, when to respond by and what the event is all about.

Customizing Your Cards

If you are planning a destination wedding, you will need to include information about purchasing flight/resort packages, the group code you are using, and when they need to do so by. If your wedding reception is not going to be a formal, sit-down dinner, then make sure to use the words “Cocktail Reception” or “Passed Hors D’oeuvres” to not have hungry guests expecting to be fed. If you are not inviting children to the wedding, make sure the address label clearly states the names of those you are inviting and your RSVP card repeats this information. For example, if you are only inviting the parents, the RSVP should state, “We have reserved 2 seats in your honour” and repeat their names.

pen-fountain-pen-ink-gold-39065Labelling the Envelopes

When you think of labels, most people think about those white, rectangle labels you run through your printer with boring Times New Roman or Arial font. These days, there are many more options that might save you money on addressing the envelopes. You could opt for a printable label and find a designer friend that has access to a really fancy font set. Some Brides even opt to learn the art of calligraphy for this very occasion and do it themselves. Another option is to buy a stamp with custom lettering from a local paper supply shop to use as your constant return address. If none of these options are available to you and your penmanship is perfect, your handwriting may do just fine and add a personal element to the suite.

Postage

Ah, the hidden cost that most Brides and Grooms do not budget for. Did you know that if you are giving your guests an option to mail back their RSVP, you need to pre-stamp the inner envelopes? Some couples did not even know that an inner envelope was necessary. Remember, you are trying to announce a happy occasion to family and friends and do not want to add any inconvenience on their part while trying to respond. Make sure you take a sample of your invitation to your local post office and have it weighed and measured before adding those ribbons, rhinestones, twine, leaves or anything extra that will increase the weight or height.

Follow these tips and you will be setting the perfect ambience for your wedding day. Guests will be excited to receive the invitations, can respond quickly and easily, and will know exactly what to expect during the celebrations.

by Carmelina Karas

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