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  1. Planning your wedding should be a fun and exciting time for both of you.  There are so many things to remember and it can sometimes get a little overwhelming.  However, there various tips you can follow to ensure that not only does your planning run smoothly but most importantly your wedding day.

     Not enough emphasis is placed on wedding stationery when in fact this is a really important area of your planning and wedding day.  If you don’t have invitations, you won’t have any guests for a start.  There is though, the tendency to get carried away with making sure everything looks nice but little thought is given to the actual contents of the invitations. 

    Annabelle Invitation

    Following the simple MOSCOW rules will ensure that you have the invitations that you want containing the information that your guests needs and clever RSVPS slips that ensure you get back the information that you need from them.

     The MOSCOW rules are simple: -

    M = Must haves

    S = should haves

    C = could haves

    W = would likes

     Must Haves

     The ‘must haves’ cover all of the essential information that you should include in an invitation such as,

    • Name of Bride & Groom
    • Name of guests being invited
    • Date of Wedding
    • Time of Wedding
    • Church and/or Venue full address which includes the post code
    • Contact details for the RSVP
    • Clear date of when responses should be received by

     
    Fern Gully InvitationFern Gully Invitation

     Should Haves

     The ‘should haves’ cover your secondary information that may be relevant to you particular wedding and therefore would be useful for your guests to know, these cover things such as,

     Accommodation details of the venue – if any

    • Accommodating details of local hotels
    • Gift information – even if you’re not asking for gifts it’s wise to put a note in telling your guests this otherwise they’ll be calling you to ask and that’s not what you need
    • Menu choices if the venue has the facility to let you choose
    • Transport details, this could either be details of transport, such as a bus, that you’re providing or telephone numbers of local taxi firms to get your guests home.
    • A returnable addressed RSVP slip
    • A note on the RSVP asking your guests if they have any food allergies. After all you don’t want any of your guests going into anaphylactic shock from the strawberries now do you!

      Dior Bow Pocket Invitation

     Could Haves

     The ‘could haves’ cover information that you could put on the invitations but are not essential; these cover things such as,

    • Contact details for alternative accommodations
    • Dress code
    • Wedding Website details

     Flying the Flag Bookfold Invitation

     Would Likes

     The ‘would likes’ cover what I call the ‘fluffy’ bits, so these are things that might enhance in the invitation and make it look nice but they are not essential to have, such as,

     A full colour map

    • A flier from the venue detailing its facilities
    • Detachable keepsake embellishments
    • Local facilities in the area

     These rules are not set it stone but they might just help you get the information to your guests that they need and subsequently the information you need from them to ensure that both your needs are met on your wedding day.

     Traditionally the wedding was paid for by the Bride’s parents so the invitations were from them, not the bride and groom themselves.  However, as this is not the norm anymore couples like for the invitations to come from themselves, so there is no strict rule to stick to for the wording of the invitations. 

    There are so many beautiful designs for stationery out there, but remember, the bigger and bulkier your invitations are, the more likely it is that you will fall into the ‘Large Letter’ postage category which means you will need to budget for extra postage.  If you are unsure of what postage to put on your invitations, ask at the Post Office.  You don’t want to under pay which would result in either the invitation not being delivered or your guests having to pay the extra which is not a great start for them on their journey to your wedding.

     Pearl Passion Pocket Invitations

    Matching stationery is great for setting the scene, and your chosen theme can run from your Save the Date cards right through to your Thank You  cards and cover such things as the Seating Plan, Table Names, Guest Books, Place Name Cards to name but a few.

     It is also worth remembering that your wedding starts and finishes with your Stationery from the Save the Date Card right through to the all-important Thank You card, so make it memorable.

    Festival Day Invitations

  2. 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. 

    Pearl Passion Pocket Invitation

    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.

     Bespoke Pocketfold Invitation

    • Accommodation

    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.

    • Transport

    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.

     Place Name Cards

    • Gifts

    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!’

     Bespoke Pinwheel Invitations

    • 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!

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