When you put a lot of time and effort into planning your wedding you want to make sure things run smoothly on the day, and any other days you have planned activities for your wedding. Therefore, you need to make sure your guests are fully informed of what’s going on but without revealing too much. Happy guests are informed guests. They like to come prepared so that they don’t let you down, but also so that they can have a wonderful time without having to worry about anything.
If you can give them a heads-up in the invitation, then not only will you have happy, informed guests, but it means that you also won’t have a string of calls or emails asking you questions about the day which, you don’t want on the lead up to your wedding day.
These tips should help ensure you include the right information in your wedding invitations to keep your guests in the know.
- Dress Code
If you are getting married in a particular style of venue, you may want to set the tone with a particular dress code, for example black tie and cocktail dresses. If you’re going for a particular theme or colour, you may also want your guests to dress accordingly, therefore, giving them a heads up on this makes sure not only do they arrive in the correct attire, but they don’t feel uncomfortable by being the only guest not dressed to impress!
You may also want to give a heads up the women with regards to shoes (as us women do like our heels!), you may have a reception in a field or somewhere where the ground is uneven, so you don’t want your female guests either sinking into the mud or tripping over uneven surfaces.
Quite often for the evening reception, the bride will provide flip flops for the guests to change into so that they can hit the dance floor. This is a great idea, but you don’t need to let your guests know about this one.
There may be many of your guests that have had to travel to get to your wedding venue and will most probably decide to stay for one or two nights. It would be really helpful to them if you could give them a few local hotel names so that they have the choice of where to book. Keep budgets in mind, some people might treat your wedding as a weekend away and don’t mind paying for an expensive hotel, whereas others may be on a budget and would be more than happy staying somewhere like a Travelodge hotel. Some hotels let you block book rooms and provide a discounted rate to your guests. This is worth looking into and offering to your guests. You will be given a reference code for your guests to quote upon booking, so make sure this information is included in the invitation.
Many of your guests will opt not to drive and may take either public transport or a taxi to get to your wedding. If your budget allows, you might like to hire a minibus or a coach to take your guests from their hotels to your wedding venue, this does help with keeping to time and avoids people getting lost, it can be a great ice breaker and it gets them to the church on time!
It would also be prudent to put local taxi company numbers in the invitation too, with a note to remind guests to book their taxis in advance, so they don’t have a lengthy wait for one at the end of the night.
You might also want to think about including a map of the main junction and the route to the venue or hotel for your guests so that they have it to hand when driving to the hotel or venue.
Whether or not you have requested gifts for your wedding, you will need to include this on the invitation. Guests will want to know what you want in advance so that they can arrive with the gift. However, equally if you don’t want gifts, you must explicitly express this on your invitation otherwise guests may contact you prior to the wedding to ask you. These days many couples already live together and have everything they need for the home, therefore, they tend to ask for a gift of money towards their honeymoon or a deposit for a house. If you are doing this too, a nice way to ask for money is through a lovely poem, which sounds a lot nicer than ‘give us the cash!’
- Extra-Curricular Activities
If your wedding runs over a few days, you will need to give your guests the times, dates and places of where they need to be. Give them information about the event, so that they are prepared and can pack accordingly, for example ‘Cocktails on the Terrace on Friday night’ lets them know that they can dress up, or ‘leisurely stroll around the grounds on Sunday afternoon’ lets them know they need to pack something comfy and warm.
All of this information can be designed as part of your overall wedding invitation, and could be displayed in pocketfold or Pocket style invitation.
Always remember a well-informed guest is a happy guest!