In a perfect world this is how you would plan the when and what of your wedding invitation and stationery:

Now, don’t despair if you don’t quite manage to stick to this timeline. This is just a guide to give you an overview of the whole process. The most important thing is that your guests do get their invitations with some time to go shop for that new dress or buy a plane ticket.

Once you are engaged:

– Set a date. You might have to be a bit flexible, depending on availability of venues.
– Start writing your guest list. This can take some time, especially if you are trying to keep guest numbers at a certain level. It can be a difficult decision which aunty to invite and which one has to stay home.
– Once you know the number of your guests it’s time to book your ceremony and reception venues. Don’t leave this to later- the venue you had your eye on since you were 15 could be booked out.
– Now that you know where you will get married, and have a solid date for your special day it’s time to find a designer for your Save The Date cards. If you decide to send out Save The Date cards or not is really up to you. They are not a must, but really helpful if you are having a destination wedding or most of your guests are from out of town.

6 months before wedding:

– Make a mailing list of your guests.
– Time to send out the Save The Date cards. If your wedding is taking place at a more exotic location sending the cards out earlier, even up to 12 months before the wedding, would be really appreciated by your guests. That gives them ample time to book flights and accommodation, and they might even be able to grab a travel bargain!

4-5 months before wedding:

– Now the fun starts! Select your wedding invitation design, finalise wording (you can find some inspiration here), location details, rsvp dates etc
– Order your wedding invitations.

3 months before wedding:

– Make sure that your guests’ addresses are still current, if necessary update your mailing list.
– Get started on addressing the envelopes, and don’t forget to add your return address.
– Now place invitation, rsvp and any other components into the envelopes, seal. Preferably don’t lick all 100 envelopes…. you don’t want this to happen to you ;)

1-2 months before wedding:

– Confirm cost of postage for your invitations. Bear in mind that the size and weight of your invitation will affect postage, and that some certain sizes will not qualify as a simple letter anymore.
– Purchase postage stamps. Australia Post even has the option to personalise your stamps. If you are planning to do that make sure you allow enough time for this to be processed (it takes 10 business days according to their website).
– Add stamps to invitations and then they are ready for you to mail them. And now sit back and relax and wait for all the RSVP cards….

Lean On Me Wedding Invitation Detail

There are quite a few elements that make up a wedding invitation suite. You can read more about what they are here. If you are looking for wording for your wedding invitation have a read of this post.

Now, what to write on all those other cards that make up your wedding stationery? The first and most important piece is the RSVP card. There are a few obvious things that need to be mentioned on the RSVP card, such as:

– accept/ decline
– number of guests attending, and their names
– if you are offering a broad menu then ticking a meal choice on your RSVP card will make the chef’s live so much easier
– by what date your guests should RSVP

A nice touch is enclosing a self- addressed stamped envelope. Making your guest’s life easy= greater number of RSVPs returned- and everybody is happy!

Here are some standard, and some a bit out of the ordinary examples:

Accept with Pleasure
Decline with Regret

Delighted to Attend
Regretfully Cannot Join You

I Will Be There On The Big Day!
Sorry, I Can’t Make It

Can’t Wait!
Sorry, Wish I Could Be There

We Will See You There!
Sorry To Miss Out

Let the Good Times Roll!
You’re Going to Have to Carry On Without Me

Bags Packed, Ready to Go!
Hate to Say Can’t Make It

Deal Me In!
Sitting This One Out

Count Me In!
No Can Do

Excited to Celebrate with You!
Sad to Miss All Fun

Let’s Get Rowdy!
Show Must Go On Without Me

Love Me Tender- RSVP

Gift Registry Card/ Wishing Well Card:

One of the hardest things for your guests is ‘What do I buy as a gift???’. To make their life so much easier you have a few choices:
– Gift Registry
– Honeymoon Fund
– Wishing Well

Here are a few wording examples for each of the categories:

Your presence at our wedding is the greatest gift of all.
However should you wish to help us celebrate with a gift,
we have registered a gift list with NAME OF REGISTRY.
We hope that this registry will make it more convenient
for you to select something that you know we will love.

Now we are to be Mr & Mrs
We don’t need a wedding list of dishes.
A holiday is what we need,
so your help with this would be a great gift indeed.
So should you wish to honour us with a gift,
we have registered a honeymoon registry
at NAME where you can make a contribution
to help us make a honeymoon
a memory that will last a lifetime.

Your presence at our wedding is present enough!
But if we’re honored with a gift from you,
may we respectfully request a gift of money
to help the dream of our new home come true.

If you were thinking of giving a gift,  to help us on our way.
A gift of cash, would really make our day.
However, if you prefer to purchase a gift, feel free to surprise us in your own way.

To save you looking, shopping or buying,
here is an idea, we hope you like trying.
Come to our wedding, to wish us both well,
and bring a small sack, to throw in our wishing well.
Fill it with paper all colours will do,
gold is our favourite but silver will do.
Now that we have saved you, all of that fuss,
We hope you will come, and celebrate with us.

If choosing a gift is not your cup of tea,
you might like to try our gift registry.
Please feel no obligation to use this list,
as we do not mind if you give it a miss.

Information/ Directions Card:

On this card you can let your guests know about all the other important information, for example great accommodation options and car hire availability. For interstate guests make the drive from an airport or station to the venue a breeze by including a map. If your wedding program includes some very specific traditions you would like your guests to be aware of you can mention them here. Also, if you have organised a child minding service and/ or special child meals let your guests know. They will love you for being so considerate and including even the little guests in a special way.

I hope this little guide will give you some inspiration for your own wedding stationery wording. Until next time

What wording should you choose for your wedding invitation? Well, that depends:

  • Is it formal?
  • Or casual?
  • Is your ceremony in a church or at a secular location?
  • Who is hosting the wedding?
  • Do you want to follow traditional wording etiquette?
  • Or do you prefer a more fun tone?

If you are following a more traditional approach here are a few things to consider:

  • Who is hosting the wedding? If the parents of the bride and groom are hosting the bride’s parents are listed first. If the bride and groom are hosting together with their families you could write something like this: Together with their families BRIDE & GROOM invite you to join them as they exchange vows etc. Names of parents are usually not mentioned if the bride and groom are hosting the event themselves.
  • If your wedding ceremony is taking place in a church or house of worship a formal wording such as ‘request the honour of your presence’ is traditionally used. If your ceremony is at a secular location use a more informal ‘request the pleasure of your company’ or ‘joyfully invite you to share in our celebration of love and commitment’.
  • The brides name ALWAYS comes first! Use the first and any middle names as well as the last names of the bride and groom for a traditional invitation.
  • The date and time as well as the year should be spelled out. If you are not sticking to the completely traditional format feel free to mix numerical and written out dates and times.
  • The ceremony address should be double and triple proof read! You don’t want your guests to be lost on your wedding day. If your location is pretty hard to find consider adding a seperate information card with a map to your wedding stationery.
  • Advise your guests if there will be a reception after the ceremony. If the reception is being held at a different venue than the ceremony you should include this information on a separate reception card.

One In A Million Wedding Invitation

Here are a few more formal wording samples:

__________________

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lewis Cameron
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
BRIDE
to
GROOM
DATE
YEAR
TIME
PLACE
__________________

Your love and friendship have
helped us become who we are.
Together with our parents,
we invite you to share our joy
and support our love,
as we exchange vows and
celebrate our marriage.
BRIDE
and
GROOM
DATE
TIME
PLACE

A celebration with dinner, drinks
and dancing will follow.
__________________

The Myer and Jones families invite you to share in the joy of the marriage uniting
their children
BRIDE
and
GROOM
DATE
YEAR
TIME
PLACE

Reception immediately
following ceremony
__________________

Dr & Mrs George Smith
and Mr & Mrs John Meyer
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their children
BRIDE
and
GROOM
DATE
YEAR
TIME
PLACE

Reception to follow
__________________

Because you have believed in them,
Celebrated with them
Loved and encouraged them,
We, Mum and Dad of bride and Mum and Dad of groom
Ask you to join us in honoring our children
BRIDE
And
GROOM
As they celebrate the beginning of their adventures together
DATE
TIME
LOCATION

Bring your dancing shoes
Dinner and music immediately following ceremony
__________________

Join us for our big day!
With joyous hearts,
BRIDE & GROOM
invite you to attend
our wedding celebration
TIME
DATE
PLACE

Reception, dinner, and happily ever after to follow

Can't Help Falling In Love- Wedding Invitation

If you are going for a more humorous tone, well, anything really goes! Go as crazy and unconventional as you feel you can get away with, but these few things need to be mentioned:

  • who is getting married
  • dates and times
  • location
  • call to action: how will your guests let you know if they are attending or not- include a rsvp card, wedding website url or phone number

Here are a few wording samples for the unconventional:

__________________

Please join us for a wonderful evening of celebration and marriage
BRIDE and GROOM
DATE
PLACE
Frolic and fun to follow!
___________________

He asked, she said yes…
or was it the other way around?
However it happened
BRIDE
and
GROOM
are getting married
and they ask you to join them
on DATE
at TIME
PLACE
Wedding Website
__________________

You are totally invited to the wedding of
BRIDE & GROOM
DATE
TIME
PLACE

ceremony followed by dinner, drinks, and awkward but enthusiastic dancing
__________________

BRIDE & GROOM
Invite you to join the fun
As they stand together with sweaty hands & open hearts
extending their friendship to include the vows of marriage.
LOCATION and TIME
Dinner, dancing, and merriment to follow
RSVP
__________________

BRIDE & GROOM
Sittin’ inna tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G
First came love,
Now comes marriage.
So…
They are goin to the chapel,
and are gonna get ma-a-arried.

Put your glad rags on and join us
We’ll have fun when the clock strikes two.
Our hands are shakey and our knees are weak,
Who do you thank when you have such luck?
Bells will ring, the sun will shine.
I’ll be his and he’ll be mine.
From the day we say I do,
We’ll love until the end of time,
And we’ll never be lonely anymore.

Please join us on
DATE
TIME
PLACE
__________________

BRIDE & GROOM

we’re getting married!
you should totally come!

it’s in PLACE
on DATE
at TIME

head to
WEDDING WEBSITE
for more info.

we can’t wait
to see you there!
__________________

no church, no aisle, no chairs…
just two crazy people in a field
vowing to each other a lifetime
of fun and random misadventures
please join us as we commit ourselves!
BRIDE & GROOM
TIME
DAY
PLACE
Visit our website for more information!
WEBSITE

What would you include on your wedding invitation? What is the best, or most fun wording you have read? We all want to know, so please share in the comments below…

P.S.: Just a bit of wedding song inspiration… ;)

Mother’s Day- all over Australia Mum’s are- hopefully- sleeping in (that is priority in my opinion!), and being woken by jam- smeared fingers and the delicious smell of waffle hearts! Ah, breakfast in bed! But Mother’s Day means much more than that to me- it means that I am blessed with being a mother to my two beautiful children, it means that yes, sometimes motherhood is challenging (personalised instruction books should come with every baby), tiring, but it is also soft kisses and little arms wrapped tightly around you. It’s bedtime stories, and listening to your teenager counting down all the benefits of a new computer part (I am becoming quite knowledgable!). It’s when I look at my little daughter painting and poking out her tongue as she is concentrating. It’s receiving the unexpected hug from my teenage son. For me being called ‘Mama’ is the greatest title I could ever get. And somehow every day is this Mama’s Mother’s Day!

I hope all Mums get spoiled on the 10th May! And let’s not forget that it doesn’t matter how old your Mum is- she is forever your mother and you are forever her most precious child. So make sure you visit her, take her out for lunch or at least give her a call. You will make her day!

If you are looking for a gift why not print out one of the art prints below (they are free!), frame it, wrap it and delight your beautiful mother?

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Download the ‘All I Need Is My Mum’ art print here.

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What are you planning for your Mum on Mother’s day? Share your plans in the comments below.

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