Once you have the ring, the venue, the dress and everything in between you must remember the most important thing – inviting the guests! How you invite your guests is significant because it sets the tone for the whole wedding – it’s the first impression.
Save the Dates
These can be sent whenever you feel like! Many send as soon as they’ve booked the venue and registrar but some wait until a year or less before the big day. There are so many different ways to send your special date: fridge magnets, tea towels, post cards, stickers, comic books, tickets, wristbands, scratchcards, balloons, key rings etc. The list goes on! But so long as you include: their names, your names, the date, the general location, if they need to RSVP and that a formal invitation is to follow then it is completely up to you! Remember: they only get sent to whole day (NOT the evening) guests and make clear at this stage if there is a plus one included.
I saved the date electronically with greenvelope.com. It saved A LOT of money and postage, everyone I knew used email anyway and they look so classy! People were also able to receive and reply with their availability and postal address immediately – you can even see what time they opened it. There are thousands of gorgeous designs you can customise.
These are usually sent from six months before onwards. Designing and printing can be an expensive business so we saved money by designing our own! First we researched colours, designs and fonts on Pinterest. We knew we wanted a5/c5 size so we created these dimensons on Microsoft Publisher. Find your background on Google (the bigger the size the clearer it will print) and download free fonts from dafont.com. Then start writing your invitation! Remember:
The Host Line (Together with their families)
The Request Line (We invite you to the wedding of)
The Name Line (Brides Name & Grooms Name)
Date, Time & Location
RSVP or wedding website
We printed our 100 invites for under a tenner on Vistaprint (look for voucher codes for even more money off) and they look brilliant! We also put our cheap white envelopes through our home printer (use the envelope setting on Microsoft Publisher for dimensions) which looked very professional for addresses. You can also embellish your budget invites with ribbons, doilies or paper wraps.
For travel details and accommodation either include an information card or as we did – a link to our free wedding website. We hosted ours at gettingmarried.co.uk. It is incredibly simple and easy to use and you can include: a countdown, facts about the couple and bridal party, ceremony and reception details with maps and parking, a day timetable, RSVP form, gift list, hotel map, local transport and a photo gallery. What is amazing about gettingmarried.co.uk is that you have to input very little information and it does all the hard work linking hotel sites and designing maps for you! You can also buy a cute domain name (from a site like https://uk.godaddy.com/) so it can be short and snappy for putting on your invites!