What Do Recipients Expect With Their Wedding Invitations?

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Understanding the basics of designing wedding invitations can be an overlooked detail as couples are debating the merits of styles, themes, colours and the aesthetics of the card.

While the presentation is an important consideration to make an impression with the guests, they must come secondary for men and women who need to effectively communicated the who, where and when of the event.

This is where it becomes a worthwhile exercise to place the designers from the point of view of the recipient – what information do they need to know and what details should be included as these wedding invitations are mailed out individually?


Who is Getting Married, Who is Invited & Who is Hosting

What might sound like an expected set of details for wedding invitations still should be discussed when it comes to the card itself. There are three core elements that have to be covered: who is getting married, who of the recipients is invited to the event and who is hosting the ceremony. The couple will often take the mantle as hosts of the event, although there are parents and close friends who do prefer to take on this duty to allow the couple to enjoy the day. Once this information is clarified, then the rest of the instructions can be presented.


Clear RSVP Details

How recipients confirm their place at the event through an RSVP is the one central detail that has to be included in wedding invitations. From sending back a card to a particular address, making a phone call, a text message, sending an email or reserving a place on a Facebook event page, there are a number of methods that can prove useful. These strategies will regularly depend on the profile of the recipient given their age and their communication preferences individually, opening up a series of possibilities for brides and grooms alike.


Simple Card Design


Recipients who are given wedding invitations will love to have a valuable keepsake. This is an item that can be cherished and looked back on fondly in the years to come. However, it is important to know that a lot of noise and content does not always make for the best product. Close friends and family members want to be able to enjoy a brand that looks the part, but is not attempting to condense an entire document worth of material inside the boundaries of the card.


wedding couple kissingDress Code

The dress code is one of the central details that will commonly be placed on wedding invitations. If there is a mix and match between themes, that can make for a less than ideal picture when the photographer is involved in the event. It is worthwhile for the couple to stipulate what code they wish to outline for the recipients. This will range from formal attire and black tie to white tie, casual, cocktail attire or beach formal – a style that is perfect for those destination weddings held on the water. A mixture of style and practicality will be needed in these events.


General Logistics

There are some additional details that should be presented when designing wedding invitations. From the location of the event with key address details to the reception information including the date and time of the ceremony, these points are vital to give the guests an opportunity to schedule their transport and accommodation needs as well as any costs that are required to make those arrangements. Some couples like to include a separate card for the RSVP or with the event centre itself, but these choices are down to the discretion of brides and grooms respectively.