The bride and groom need to have many decisions made prior to ordering their wedding invitations. This includes the wedding theme, colour scheme, and all important information. These invitations are often the only contact between the couple and many of their guests and that makes it especially important to send out wedding invitations that set the atmosphere for the event. If the wedding is going to be formal, then the wedding invitations should reflect this. If it will be casual, then the same applies. If there is a special theme to the wedding, then this can be incorporated as well. This is subtle, but effective and ensures that all guests will know what to expect at the wedding and will dress appropriately.
The bride and groom need to make sure to include all of the necessary information that the guests will need. This includes the wedding date, time, and location of the ceremony. If the reception information is different, then this information should be included as well. The wedding invitations should include the full names of the bride and groom as well as the names of those who are hosting the wedding if different than the bride and groom. All of this information will be included in the wedding invitation wording. Every invitation retailer will have examples to choose from. The bride and groom can choose one of these, mix and match several examples to meet their needs, or write their own invitation wording. As long as all of the pertinent information is included, the rest of the wording should mesh with the wedding tone.
Along with the wedding invitations, the bride and groom need to include a way for the guests to respond. Most often including reply cards with the invitations does this. This reply card should include a line for the guest to include his or her name, whether or not they will be attending the wedding, the number of people attending. The reply card should include a self-addressed, stamped envelope as well. If the couple chooses not to include a reply card, then the reply information should be included on the wedding invitations.
In addition to all of this information, the bride and groom can choose to add any extras to their wedding invitations. The couple should include information for out of town guests that includes hotel information as well as information for local attractions. None of these options is necessity, but will add a lot to the wedding invitations.
Wedding invitations are one of the more fun decisions for the bride and groom to make. This does not need to be a stressful decision as long as these basics are followed.