Your wedding abroad invitations should set the tone for your wedding.
Your wedding invitation is the first impression your friends and family will have of your wedding, so use your invitation to give them a glimpse of what is in store! From the moment your guests open your wedding invitation get them excited about the adventure that awaits them.
These days almost anything goes with wedding invitations and if you are choosing to have your wedding abroad you can be even more creative and adventurous with your design.
Traditional and elegant always works well but by the very fact you are having your wedding abroad your wedding is already unique and your invitation is a great starting point to reflect this.
Match your wedding abroad invitations to the theme of your wedding.
If you are having your wedding in a French Chateau you may wish to go for a more classical, opulent design to reflect the surroundings of your wedding or if you are having a beach wedding you may want this reflected in the invitation by using a seaside theme.
Really your choices are endless:
Put some time and effort into designing your wedding invitation. Not only is it fun but statistics have shown the better the invitation the more favourably your guests will respond to your wedding. In fact, if I remember correctly the research I read said that guests buy nicer gifts - but hey that's not the reason you are getting married!
If you're looking to keep the theme or design of the invitation consistent throughout your wedding it is worthwhile ordering all of your key items of stationery from a single supplier. In most cases it will also save you money.
Whilst wedding abroad invitations are similar in structure to an invitation to a home-based wedding there are one or two notable differences.
For guidance on when to send your wedding abroad invitations and ask for RSVPs click here.
As your guests will need to travel abroad for your wedding make sure they are fully informed. From the moment your guests receive your wedding invitation shape the way they view your wedding, make their experience enjoyable and hassle free.
If you provide them with as much information as possible you will be able to accommodate any needs or ease any concerns they may have before they arise. For more details on the type of information you should provide click here.
What information do you need to put on Wedding Abroad Invitations?
As you need to provide your guests with a lot of information for a wedding abroad it can be a challenge to know how to deliver it all.
A popular approach is to use a 3 stage process:
Keep your invitation very simple and contain only information about your actual wedding day.
The 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:
An information card is a handy way of communicating extra information about your wedding.
If you are having your wedding abroad you will more than likely have extra celebrations or activities planned around your wedding. An information card is a great way to let your guests know about these celebrations while keeping your wedding invitation simple.
Also if you have 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 is 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:
A personal wedding website is the perfect way to communicate all the information you need to give your guests about your wedding abroad.
I would strongly recommend setting up a website as I believe that for a wedding abroad they are invaluable. A website is not only an extremely effective way of providing your guests with all the information they will need to know about your wedding but it will also serve to 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 wedding abroad invitation. This is also an effective method of communication but it does not give you the same flexibility to update your guests with new information which can easily be done on a website.
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. 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.
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. Click here to see the list.