My fiance and I are going for something a little untraditional for our wedding, and there’s so much information I want to put on our invites, but they’re turning from a single card, to a pamphlet, to a full-on essay, so if anyone has any ideas on how to structure the invites – e.g. wording, separate card (and what info would go on which card), anything extra we should include, etc.
We’re having a wedding in a slightly out-of-the-way location – about an hour from the nearest large town, so we’ll need a map with directions, etc.
The ceremony will be at 2pm, followed by an afternoon tea reception. Many of our guests have already indicated that they want to leave early, so we’re planning on havin the formal stuff and all over and done with by about 5ish so people can drive home.
Other guests have indicated that they would like to camp out (the location is my parents’ garden/farm), so we’re planning on having a bonfire and BBQ for the evening. How would we include that on the invite? Should it be on a separate card, or just let people know through word of mouth?
We don’t want people to bring gifts (not even money), and we’re struggling to find ways to let people know (mostly because everyone assumes we must want gifts).
Is there any other information that should be included? Last time I invited someone to a party for me, the invites I just had to fill in the blanks on the invites. There were also rabbits dressed as ballerinas, because it was my seventh birthday.
Two words: wedding website
I really like weddingwindow.com. It lets guests RSVP online to multiple events, and you can create all the info pages you need, and upload your map and other pics
Our STD and Invite are both clearly say to see our wedding website for details so that we could keep card printing affordable. We are planning to get the moms to help sort out the handful of elders that are not web savvy, but like 95% of our guestlist will prob prefer to have a link to refer back to rather than a bunch of paper to keep up with for months
@waitingwonderland: Taking the words out of my mouth. I have SOOO much info on my website and I’m just sending out super simple invites I make with a vistaprint coupon!!
@waitingwonderland: Thanks ladies! I’ll have to look into it I’ve been trying to resist the whole wedding website thing – I find them kinda impersonal, and many of my guests don’t have access to/don’t know what an internet is. Not to mention all my hangups about posting personal information online (I say on a public internet forum!).
I’ll have a look into it and see what I can arrange. Thanks again!
Second the wedding website idea…
1) do a wedding website
2) all event info on 1 card
date at top
ceremony: address and time (directions: see website http://www.fdasjkfdsjfhds.com)
join us for tea: address and time
for those who want to stay a while visit us for BBQ at address and time.
as for no gifts you WILL get gifts no matter WHAT! (but you can spread word of mouth and via website saying the thought is much appriociated but you don’t need anything other than your presence at the wedding. (or something cheesy like that)
regardless though some folk will bring you something.