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Your big day is looming and you’ve whittled down your guest list to your favorite people but now what? Let the fun begin because it’s time to send out your wedding invitations- but what do you need to include? With so many details to think about wedding invitations can easily go very wrong. You might miss an important detail and what is all this business about wedding invitation etiquette? Never fear, you can now Do it yourself (DIY) and create your own wedding invitations like a pro with these 6 essential tips and our Step-By-Step wedding invitation guide.
Choose a Simple Design Using Your Wedding Colors
You probably already know your wedding colors and theme but if you don’t, now is the perfect time to decide! Add small hints such as accent colors or cute graphics that give a hint about your wedding theme. Include fonts and colors that reflect your personalities as a couple and that evoke a feeling of the wedding venue too. For example a rustic country wedding is more suited to floral designs and script fonts whereas a city-based hotel wedding venue might suit a sleeker design instead. There are plenty of places to find inspiration for your DIY invitations online too. Adobe Spark Post, for example, has lots of wedding invitation templates to use as a springboard for creating your own design.
Add a Personal DIY Touch
While you can design your wedding invites with personalized names printed on each one think about leaving space to hand-write names on your invites instead. Leave room to add the names and any special notes to each guest. They’ll feel valued as a friend and appreciate the extra time you’ve taken to add such a personal touch.
Make It Clear Who Is Invited
Wedding invitation etiquette is a tricky area to navigate. Does a plus one mean anybody or only if the person has a partner? When should the plus one be added to the RSVP? Are children invited? Address the invite by naming the individuals you’d like to attend your wedding. If children are invited add their names to the invitation, too. If you’re sending invites to single people who may be coupled up by the time of your wedding consider if you want to give them a solo invite or state that they’re welcome to bring a guest.
Include Hotel, Travel and Gift Details
People want to know how to get to the wedding, the reception and where to stay before and after too. This is a lot of information to include on a standard wedding invitation size. Instead print this information separately and include in the envelope with your invite. If you want to go paper-free, consider setting up a wedding website with the link written on the invite.
Ask Guests to RSVP With a Song Request
Make your wedding something each guest wants to come to by getting them to add to your reception playlist. On your RSVP card leave room for a song request (or two!) from each guest. This will help them feel involved in your wedding in a small – but significant – way and adds some fun to the process of RVSP too.
Prepare Your Responses Spreadsheet Now
Number your wedding invites and RSVP cards then create a spreadsheet that links the number to each guest you’ve invited. When they reply it’ll be easy to check them off as a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on the list—even if they don’t include their name on the RSVP card! Use this spreadsheet to keep track of who has yet to respond and any notes such as important guest dietary information you’ll need to pass to your caterer.
More DIY Wedding Planning Tips and Hacks
This wedding invitation guide will help you get the DIY invites right – but what about all the other stuff surrounding wedding planning? Check out our Love and Marriage section for more hot tips to make your wedding planning flawless – and fun!