What to Include in your Wedding Invitations
Now that you have set the date for your big day, locked in the perfect venue, made a start on booking your celebrant, photographer, and photobooth hire it’s time to start on those invitations to your (almost figured out) guest list!
Your wedding invitations, aside from providing your nearest and dearest with the pertinent details of your impending nuptials, are also the first glimpse into your theme and styling. There are big decisions to be made – will they be made predominantly of paper, acrylic or laser cut wood? Will they be tri-fold, pocketed or postcard style? Are you going to DIY (#bridesmaidduties) or outsource? Should they be addressed from your parents or from yourselves as a couple? Aside from the ‘who, what, when, where and why’s – what do I include with my wedding invitations?
Street Map of venue and directions
Including a small map of your venue’s whereabouts as well as some basic directions can be very handy for guests – particularly for those that are not familiar with the location or have travelled in from out of town. If your venue is a bit of a hidden gem, this invitation extra could be a saving grace in ensuring your guests are present well in advance of you arriving to walk down the aisle! It is certainly worth checking out your venue’s location on Google maps and other common GPS services to ensure they will guide your guests to the correct place. Be mindful if your venue has an access point on more than one street or is on a private road.
Whether you are getting married in the bustling city or at a quaint country farm, you will have at least some guests travelling in by car. Giving your guests a quick heads up as to where the best or cheapest parking in the city is, or to avoid park of the lush lawns of the chapel can help eliminate any issues they may otherwise encounter on the day.
We all know that everyone has that one song that the minute they hear it, there is no other option but to get up and dance! You already know that Aunty Kathy just has to do the Nutbush at every family function, but do you know the trigger song for each and every one of your guests? If the answer is no, why not ask them as a part of your RSVP process? This extra line on the RSVP card will make your playlist planning a breeze, as well as ensure plenty of dance floor action!
With the rise of food allergies and intolerances, it is important to check with your guests if they do have any special dietary requirements. Knowing in advance will ensure you can arrange this with your caterer and ensure that no meals are left uneaten and there aren’t any nasty surprise allergic reactions during the night!
Whether you have guests that don’t live locally or guests that just don’t want to worry about getting a taxi home at the end of the night, you will usually have some guests that require accommodation. If your venue has accommodation onsite, they may sometimes offer a special deal for your wedding guests. If there is no accommodation onsite, give your guests a few options of nearby hotels, motels or Airbnb’s that they can look into. If there’s only a short distance to travel to their accommodation, your friends and family are more likely to have another glass of wine and celebrate with you well into the night!
Photobooth app information
If you’re fortunate enough to have locked in an In the Booth photobooth for your big day, you will want your guests to come well prepared for plenty of photobooth shenanigans! Our exclusive In the Booth app service is included in all of our hire packages and is free for your guests to download at any time via the App Store or Google Play. This allows your guests to download the digital copies of their photos straight to their phones, as well as utilise the guest cam function. We can provide you with printable app instruction cards that you can include with your invitations to encourage your guests to have the app ready to go the minute your photobooth hire commences!