Getting down to the fine print…start the party with your words!
I have to admit, initially we struggled a little with this…our first thoughts were “how will we get everything down on one tiny little piece of paper?” So after a little toing and froing we took it back to basics and had a very simple three step approach.
Although it may sound a little over the top, your invitations need to be a calling card…a very good sales letter! But don’t worry if you’re not a sales person, this should be the easiest sales letter you have ever written…you are promoting something you wholeheartedly believe in and there are huge benefits for the attendees!
So, here is what I recommend for your “destination wedding invitation wording” (that’s quite a mouthful in itself!).
A Three Step Approach:
Save the Date
A save the date does exactly what it says, it lets your guests know in advance the date of your wedding. In the case of a wedding abroad a save the date announcement is a must. The more notice you give your guests the the more likely it is that will attend.
A save the date should be short and straight to the point. It doesn’t need much more than your names, the destination you are getting married in and the date. You could also include; please save the date we’d love you to be there or formal invite to follow.
It can be a simple email, designed as a luggage tag or even video. I suggest getting creative with your design, after all it is the first impression your guests will have of your wedding abroad. Pinterest is a great place to start looking for save the date inspiration.
Destination Wedding Invitation
Keep your invitation very simple and contain only information about your actual wedding day. The destination wedding invitation wording you choose will be dependent on the style of your wedding and who is hosting the event. These days there is no need to be very formal, choose wording that you feel comfortable with.
A good example for wording on an invitation is as follows:
For more destination wedding invitation wording examples, Kate from Destination Stationery has some great suggestions on her website
If you are getting married abroad you will more than likely have additional celebrations or activities planned around your wedding. An information card (insert card) is a great way to let your guests know about these celebrations while keeping your wedding invitation simple. Including an information card with your wedding invitation is a handy way of communicating extra information about your wedding.
Also if you set up a personal wedding website to provide your guests with additional information about your wedding and wedding destination the information card is the perfect way to direct them to your website. The information card can be any shape or size but does not have to be much bigger than a business or postcard.
It’s best to keep the design for the information card consistent with your wedding invitation. Here is an example of how you would use an information card:
Personal Wedding Website
For a destination wedding, I think a personal wedding website is invaluable and it’s the key ingredient in the 3 steps. This is the place where “all those words” you need will go…and this is where your “sales letter” takes shape!
A website is fantastic because it not only provides your guests with all the information they need to know about your wedding but it’s where you build up their excitement and enthusiasm for your big day. As an alternative to a wedding website many couples create an information pack and send this together with their destination wedding invitation.
I do love information packs because you can make them look beautiful, if you wish, like lovely glossy sales brochures… but the only downside for me is that they don’t give you the same flexibility to update your guests with new information which can easily be done on a website.
Now, don’t despair if you have no technical skills and think it would be too difficult to set up a website. You can find some fantastic companies on the internet who specialise in providing personal wedding websites. They offer packages that are very easy, even for a complete novice to use and their prices are extremely competitive. And actually by the time you weigh up the cost of purchasing a website you will probably find it cheaper than printing out an information pack for each of your guests!
This is one of my personal favourites, not only for its drop and drag functionality making it super easy to use, but also as it’s loaded with features which make it particularly well suited for those organising a wedding abroad.
Guests can download the app for free from the App Store or Google Play or stay up-to-date with the the wedding website.
In short Appy Couple is a stylish wedding website with an app, which will make a great first impression on your guests and keep everything organised. RSVPs, photo sharing, event info, travel details, chat, registries and more.
And don’t worry, I won’t leave you all alone at this point, I have put together a list of the type of information you should provide your guests with if you are having a wedding abroad. This information should be included on your personal wedding website or in your information pack.
Recommended Stationery Suppliers
I highly recommend the following wedding stationery suppliers:
- Destination Stationery provide a bespoke design service, specialising in wedding abroad invitations to perfectly fit with your theme, personal style or wedding location. They offer FREE worldwide shipping.
- Oficina Primavera is a small graphic design and illustration studio specialising in wedding stationary in both printed and digital forms. They offer standard stationery suites as well as bespoke projects tailored to your requirements.
- Basic Invite is is an online stationery design company with more than 200 unique wedding invitations and 180 colours which can all be completely customised on line by YOU.
If you would like even more help
I have created a “Closed” Facebook Group where you can meet other couples getting married abroad, find out what destination wedding invitation wording they used and ask advice from all the fabulous wedding suppliers featured on my site.
You will be able to discuss your wedding plans, ask questions and get inspiration from other couples and from wedding suppliers.
It is a fun friendly group…and private… so your wedding plans won’t be exposed!
I’d love to have you part of it and can’t wait to meet you!
You can request to join up here: Weddings Abroad Guide Community