• The Ins and Outs of Invites

    When it comes to making your wedding invitations look just the way you like them, we’ve got that covered. The steps you must take before we get to our creative process are a little more challenging.

    Luckily, we at Wiregrass Weddings have come up with a few tips to help make planning your guest list and wording your invitations a little easier.

    First things first, let’s work on that guest list. How many people you invite to the wedding determines almost every other decision you will make in the planning process, so this is a very crucial element to hammer out early on.


    The Guest List

    Right from the start you should know that no matter the size of your wedding, there will always be people you have to leave off.

    So here it is. In case you need someone to say it: Your wedding is YOURS. Don’t let others influence you to invite people you don’t want to be there. The only people you “should” invite are those you want to come.

    There are some practical ways to help make that guest list of people you and your fiancé want there a little smaller.

    1. When you have to choose between friends, think of who would appreciate being there the most, who would be happiest for you and who you would like to see the most. After all, this day really is about YOU.
    2. The one-year rule is another way to choose between friends. If you haven’t seen or had some sort of meaningful interaction with the person in a year, don’t invite them. There are, of course, some exceptions to this.
    3. When it comes to coworkers, you do not have to invite them all. Think, who would you actually have lunch or dinner with? Invite those people.
    4. The general rule for inviting people’s dates to weddings is that if they are in a serious relationship, are living together, married or engaged, they should get a plus one. If you are watching your numbers, you don’t have to give every single person a plus one option.
    5. You don’t have to invite everyone who’s ever invited you to a wedding. Relationships evolve.
    6. You also don’t have to invite every single cousin or extended family member you have if the list is too big.

    These tips may help you cut your guest list down a little, but keep in mind that it’s important to keep the list balanced between you and your fiancé. This will help your in-laws not feel cheated.

    Another thing to consider is that probably about 25 percent of the people you invite will not be able to make it to your wedding.

    How to Word

    Wording a wedding invitation can be tricky these days. The days of simply listing the bride’s parents as hosts of the wedding are long gone in many cases. For one, parents are often divorced, remarried or widowed. And secondly, many different people may actually be the hosts of the wedding.

    It is not a must to list the bride’s parents as the hosts (or as the only hosts). What is a must is that certain details about your wedding are communicated clearly. This includes who, what (for the ceremony and reception), when and where. Including directions or maps could be beneficial to your guests.

    When it comes to actually wording them, this can vary depending on how formal you want to make it. Click here to view some different examples to help you word an invitation.

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