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.
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.
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.
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
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
(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
Ten22 Boutique Venue
Reception to follow
|Please RSVP by 8 January 2024 via email along with any dietary requirements.
Please do not feel obligated to give a gift, but for those would like to, we will have a wishing well at the reception.
We can’t wait to celebrate with you
Example 2: Modern
(back of invite or separate card
Annie & David
invite you to celebrate their marriage
Saturday Tenth of February Two Thousand and Twenty Two
Ten22 Boutique Venue
Drinks, Dinner & Dancing to follow
Although as we love your little ones, this is an adults only celebration
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
Transportation & Parking