How to choose wedding invitation wording and design

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Your wedding invitations aren’t just pieces of paper; they’re special messengers of your big day. They set the tone, spark excitement and are the first glimpse your loved ones get into the magic that await. So, let’s add a splash of personality and create invites that are truly unique. From wedding invitation wording to design ideas, we’ve got you covered. Because, just as your love story is one-of-a-kind, your invitations should be too.

What to write on a wedding invitation

Creating your dream wedding invitation is more than just sharing details – it’s about spreading the happiness (and the excitement) of your celebration! Not sure what to include on your invites? Here’s some ideas to get you started. Plus, find more inspiration with unique wedding invitation wording examples.

  1. Start with the names of the host(s)
    • Traditional: Mr. and Mrs. <last name> request the pleasure of your company at the wedding of their daughter/son.
    • Casual: Join us, <host names>, as we celebrate the union of <names of couple>.
    • Couple hosting: Together with our families, we invite you to celebrate the beginning of our forever.
    • Fun/no formal host mention: The <last name 1>, the <last name 2> and a whole lot of love! Join us as our families unite to celebrate <couple’s names>’s big day. (e.g., The Haddads, the Lagharis and a whole lot of love! Join us as our families unite to celebrate Eliza & Jonah’s big day.)
  2. Mention the names of the couple: The guests of honour deserve the spotlight.
  3. Mark the date and time: You can mention them in this order:
    • <Day of the week>, <date> <year> (e.g., Sunday, 9th June 2024)
    • Ceremony begins at <time>
    • Reception to follow at <time>
  4. Draw attention to the venue
    • Name of the ceremony & reception venue(s)
    • Address of the venues
  5. Specify any dress code
    • Formal: Formal attire requested
    • Semi-formal: Dress to impress, cocktail style
    • Casual/theme: Dress comfortably for sun & sand
    • Colour theme: Join us in celebrating with a palette of <name of colour(s)>
  6. Don’t miss out on adding RSVP details
    • Classic: Kindly respond by <date> at <website/email address> or call <phone number>.
    • Traditional: Kindly reply by <date>. You can mail back the response card or visit <website>
    • Modern: RSVP online by <date> at <website>. It’s quick, easy and environmentally friendly.
    • Fun: Excited to celebrate together! Please RSVP by <date> to <email address/phone number>.
  7. Call out any gifting-related information
    • Gift registry: Your presence is the best gift. For those inquiring, our registry is at <link/name>.
    • No gifts: No gifts, please! Your love and good wishes are all we need.
    • Charitable donation: To make our celebration even more meaningful, consider a donation to <charity name> instead of traditional gifts.
    • Wishing well: We have a wishing well for your thoughts and blessings. Feel free to drop a note or a token of your well wishes.
  8. Highlight any special requests
    • Dietary requests: As we prepare to celebrate, your happiness is on our minds. If you have any special requests or dietary preferences, please let us know.
    • Sharing memories: We invite you to share your favourite memories with us. Drop a note or photo in our memory box during the celebration.
    • Photography encouragement: Help us capture every angle of the big day! Feel free to snap photos and share them using #ToInfinityAndJohn (feel free to create a personalised wedding hashtag)
    • Unplugged ceremony: We’re kindly asking for an ‘Unplugged Ceremony’ to ensure our photographer captures all the magic of the big day. Put away those phones, be fully present, and let’s soak up the fun!
  9. Include directions: Adda mini map or directions to the venue to help guests find their way.
  10. Share the link of the wedding website: If you have one,provide the URL for guests to explore additional details. (e.g., Explore the details of our big day on our wedding website <URL>).
  11. Add a memorable closing message
    • Simple & sweet: Your company will make our day complete. Looking forward to celebrating together.
    • Casual & playful: The confetti is ready, the music is queued – can’t wait to celebrate with you!
    • Poetic: As the flowers bloom and our love blossoms, we eagerly await your presence.
    • Traditional elegance: In the honour of your company, we joyfully request the pleasure of your presence.
  12. Personalise it to perfection with quotes or poems: Add a personal touch by including a line or two that reflects the couple’s love story or complements the wedding theme.
    • “In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world, there is no love for you like mine.” – Maya Angelou
    • “Love is like the waves of the Great Barrier Reef, endlessly beautiful and forever flowing.” – Dorothea Mackellar
    • “In your light, I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest, where no one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.” – Rumi
    • “Life is a flower of which love is the honey.” – Victor Hugo

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Elevate your wedding invite with a QR code on the back. Guests can scan it to access important details – from venue information to the gift registry to your wedding website and more. It’s like magic, but for invites!

What else to include in a wedding invitation

Consider what your guests need to know beyond the basics. Apart from the essential details, some couples include separate cards for accommodation, transportation and other wedding events. This additional space ensures a single invitation card doesn’t get overwhelmed with text.

You can make these note cards, RSVPs and more extra special with modern wedding invitation wordings. Here are some examples to get your creativity flowing.

  1. Additional events
    • Welcome party: Join us for a casual welcome gathering the night before the big day! Let’s kick off the celebration in style.
    • Rehearsal dinner: We’re hosting a cosy rehearsal dinner to rehearse our “I do’s” and share a meal with our nearest & dearest.
    • Post-wedding brunch: Keep the festivities going! Join us for a laid-back brunch the day after the wedding. Share stories, laughter and maybe a few anecdotes from the celebration.
    • After-party celebration: The celebration doesn’t end with the last dance! Continue the fun at the after-party. Drinks, music and good company guaranteed!
  2. Accommodation information
    • With booking information: To ensure your comfort during our celebration, we’ve reserved rooms at <hotel name & URL>.
    • For destination weddings: All the details about our destination celebration, including hotel reservations, can be found on our wedding website <URL>
    • For special booking rates: For a comfy stay, we recommend <hotel name>, where we’ve secured a special rate. Call and mention us when booking!
    • For a cosy stay: Our celebration wouldn’t be complete without you! If you’re travelling, consider <hotel name> for a cosy retreat. Your home away from home during our special weekend.
  3. Transportation details
    • Shuttle services: Explore the beauty of our venue without the worry of navigation. Shuttle services will be available from <pickup points>. Check our wedding website for a detailed map and shuttle schedule.
    • Local transportation: Join the convoy of love! A designated parking area is available, and we’ve partnered with local transportation services for a safe ride home.
    • Cab & parking services: Sail smoothly into the celebration! Check out our website for recommended cab services and parking options near the venue.
    • Co-riding arrangements: Let’s share the joy (and a ride). Coordinating with fellow guests? Our wedding website has a ride-share forum to make your journey memorable.

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We get it – weddings come with a lot of planning, stationery (and writing thank-yous!). To make it easy for you, we’ve compiled these writing tips and examples for your wedding thank-you cards.

How to design a wedding invitation

Bring your unique wedding invitation idea to life with a stunning design. Blend creativity and tradition to craft an invitation that inspires excitement. Here’s your step-by-step guide:

  1. Define the overall style: Align your invite with your wedding theme, be it formal, casual, vintage, modern or anything else.
  2. Choose a colour palette: Stick to 2-3 main colours for a cohesive and visually appealing look.
  3. Choose the wedding invite fonts: Select elegant and classic fonts for formal weddings. Go playful or modern for casual or themed weddings.
  4. Include key info: Ensure the essentials – names of the couple, date, time, venue and RSVP details.
  5. Add unique touches: Include your family monogram, wedding hashtag or simply poems and quotes that hold significance to you & your partner.
  6. Add images or illustrations: Consider including a photo or illustration that sparks special memories, like a loved photo or a drawing of the venue.
  7. Experiment with layout: Play with the arrangement of text and images to create an aesthetically pleasing layout.
  8. Use high-quality card stock: Elevate the tactile experience with premium paper texture and weight.
  9. Add finishing touches: Consider elegant touches like embossing or foiling for an oh-so-luxe look & feel.
  10. Test print a batch: Before the final print, do a test print to ensure colours, fonts and layout appear as you want them. All texts should be clear and legible.
  11. Proofread: Thoroughly review for any typos or errors.

As you create your unique wedding invitations, you can elevate your designs with personal touches – inspired by your love story. If you enjoy hands-on projects, the world of elegant DIY wedding invitations awaits!

What are do-it-yourself wedding invitations

DIY wedding invitations are personally crafted invites. These can either be handcrafted or created using an online invitation designing platform. Most online DIY invites can be personalised to perfection. From the template to the copy, paper stock, finish (foil, spot UV, etc.) and more – you can add your unique style to create a wedding stationery that’s so ‘you’.

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Create a cohesive wedding suite. Apart from invites, if you’re also designing stationery like save the dates, menus or envelopes, make sure they have a cohesive look that matches your main invitation.

Where to print wedding invitations

When it comes to printing your wedding invitations, think about your budget, printing options and the level of personalisation you want. VistaPrint offers a personalised wedding invitation printing experience that’s both fun and easy. We’ve got different options to help you craft your cards in your unique style. You can upload your own design; choose from our vast collection of wedding invitation templates; or even team up with a professional designer from 99designs by Vista. Once you’re happy with the design, just sit back and relax – we’ll print and deliver your cards right to your doorstep. It’s wedding invitation printing made simple and enjoyable!

So whether you have a specific idea, like a blank background wedding invitation card design, or you’re looking for a modern wedding invitation design – we can print it!

When to send wedding invitations

When it comes to sending out wedding invitations, here’s a quick timeline to help you:

  • Save the dates: Aim for 6-12 months before the wedding. Consider sending them closer to 12 months ahead for destination weddings. Take a detailed look here
  • Invitations for local weddings: Send them out 8-12 weeks before the big day.
  • Invitations for destination weddings: Plan to dispatch these 3-4 months ahead.
  • RSVP deadline: Set it for 3-4 weeks before the wedding, ensuring ample time for responses.

Planning a wedding is a grand adventure, and printing your invitations is just the first thrilling chapter. As you dive into the intricate details of your celebration, remember that every element, from the wording on your invitations to the final dance at the reception, will add to the magic of your special day. Here’s to a smooth and delightful wedding journey, filled with love, laughter and unforgettable moments.