The Nutmeg Guide to Wedding Invitation Structure

The Nutmeg Guide to Wedding Invitation Structure
Nutmeg Creative

Shit just got real, it’s about 4 months out from your big day and it’s time to send out your invites… but what in the heck do you write? Never fear, Nutmeg has your back. Read through our nifty little how to guide and word up the ultimate invites.

The Intro:
Traditional wedding invites usually say something like ‘together with their families…’ but if that’s not your thing, then let’s throw that out the window! Want to write ‘Let’s get this party started!’? Then do it! These are your invites and it’s time to do it your way!

The When & Where:
I mean it’s all well and good to have kick arse invites, but if you don’t include the when and where then your guests aren’t going to know where the party’s at! Details like the date, time and location are imperative here, but we can make dates and times look oh so much prettier than your standard calendar layout. Why not go with ‘Saturday the Tenth of February Two Thousand and Twenty Four’ instead of 10/02/2024? Same goes for the time. Why not ‘Three O’clock in the Afternoon’ instead of 3.00pm.

The Optional:
Drinks and canapes being served prior to the reception? Awesome! Let your guest know.

There are also some things that are better said up front to avoid an awkward conversation later on. Writing something like ‘As much as we love your little ones, this is an adults only celebration’ can save some tears when your friend asks if little Jimmy is invited (he’s not by the way). I’ve found that this is best to go discreetly on the invite itself. This means its super clear and can’t be misinterpreted.

The RSVP:
Unless you’ve mastered the art of mind reading, then you’re going to need to hear back from your guests. I’m a big fan of doing RSVP’s via email or text – Not only does this save paper (and cost for you!) it means you’re more likely to get a response quicker. No more waiting for the postie to get your RSVP’s back! This info can either go on the back of your invite or on a separate card, but forget to ask guests about any dietary requirements

The Extras:
Sometimes the extras can be included on the back of your invite and sometimes they need their own special card, this really depends on how many extra details you want to include.

Either way, you want to include things like gift registry’s or wishing wells, transport, accommodation and/or parking details. These are especially important if you have guests travelling from out of town.

Dress code is also something to consider. I seriously wish I had put one on my invites… that way John wouldn’t have turned up in shorts (seriously, this really happened).

But of course, your own personality is key with your invites and wedding stationery. If you want to write ‘Look at us getting all Married and shit’ then do it! (providing your Great Aunt Connie won’t have kittens when she sees it of course!) But you do you!

Timelines to consider:
Depending on how complicated your design is, printing should take between 2 to 4 weeks. But remember, that’s from the date that your invites are sent off to print.

The timeframes for the design process can depend on what you’re after. If you know what you want and can commit to signing off designs as quickly as possible, then a 2 to 3 week design process should suffice.

If you’re not sure, on want a bit longer to decide on your design, consider getting started as soon as possible to give yourself extra time.

Here’s a couple of examples that might help you put all this together.

 

Example 1: Traditional

Invite Extra Details

(back of invite or separate card)

Together with their families

Amelie & Patrick

are delighted to invite you to the celebration of their marriage

Saturday 10 February 2024 
Three O’clock in the Afternoon

Ten22 Boutique Venue
1022 South Road, Edwardstown

Reception to follow

 

Please RSVP by 8 January 2024 via email along with any dietary requirements.

hello@nutmegcreative.com.au

Please do not feel obligated to give a gift, but for those would like to, we will have a wishing well at the reception.

Cocktail Attire

We can’t wait to celebrate with you

 

 

Example 2: Modern

Invite Extra Details

(back of invite or separate card

Annie & David

invite you to celebrate their marriage

Saturday Tenth of February Two Thousand and Twenty Two
Three O’clock in the Afternoon

Ten22 Boutique Venue
1022 South Road, Edwardstown

Drinks, Dinner & Dancing to follow

Although as we love your little ones, this is an adults only celebration

 

RSVP
Due to the ever-changing nature of restrictions, we may need to provide updates.

Please RVSP by the 8th of January 2024 via email, along with any dietary requirements

hello@nutmegcreative.com.au

Wishing Well
Please do not feel obligated to give a gift, but for those would like to, we will have a wishing well at the reception.

Dress Code
Cocktail Attire

Transportation & Parking
We would love everyone to be able to enjoy their night safely. Uber & Taxi are available from the venue, or for those who are driving, parking is available at the rear of the venue.

Accommodation
Ten22 Boutique Venue is only 8 kms from the Adelaide CBD where there are a variety of accommodation options available.