Figuring out how you’ll communicate with everyone is any easy task to write off, but it is so important!
We love that there are tons of budget-friendly options for how to get the word out about each aspect of the event and some really wonderful creative ways to do things that will make your wedding stand out. We are outlining a few of our favorite trends below.
Save The Dates, Invites, RSVPs
The very first day that you start to tell people that you are engaged, they’ll inevitably ask you for details. It’s more than ok to not have answers yet. Your first task is to determine guest list (and a plus one policy) and then budget before you start promising anyone that they will be invited.
The save the date is your first touch point with guests. You should send it out super early if you are asking guests to travel and only send it to people you 100% know that you want to invite. You shouldn’t send a save the date to someone and then decide not to send them an invitation.
If saving money is key for you in this category, do it all online! You don’t have to print and mail anything.
These are a few of our favorite Etsy Finds: Eucalyptus Gold Geometric Wedding Invitation, Save The Date Calendar, Floral Succulents Wedding Invitations, Library Card Save The Date, Rocky Mountain Watercolor Save The Date, Rustic Stacked Invite
These days it’s super easy to use a template to build a website for your wedding. If you are a little more tech-savvy you can even build one from scratch.
Remember that your website can always be updated with new info but you do have to let your guests know to look at it. You can use it to store detailed info about the wedding or do just the basics. Be sure to include room block/lodging information and registry links because those will be the most frequently looked for pages. You can also choose to accept online RSVPs for quick responses.
If you want to include more, we love seeing an “our story” page or information about who’s who in the wedding party. It’s a nice way for your guests to get to know everyone involved and give them a little look into why you choose each other. If you are feeling super ambitious, you can also include a bit of a schedule and also recommend nearby attractions/activities for your out of town guests.
Signage, Decor and Printed Things
Communication does not end when the wedding begins! You still have to tell your guests when and where to be. You can put details on your website, send a pre-wedding email, or even do printed schedules that you leave in hotel rooms.
Once they arrive at the venue, think about where you might need signs to direct them to the exact location or where to drop gifts or even where the restrooms are. Staff should of course also be on hand to help with guiding everyone but you can also let your creativity shine with signs!
If you are doing a formal seated dinner, think about how you’ll tell everyone where to sit. You can do escort cards or a seating chart. You’ll also need table numbers and that’s another place you can let your creativity shine. They don’t actually have to be numbers. You can name your tables after favorite books at a library wedding or name them for boats at a nautical wedding.
Lastly, don’t forget about menus and programs. These are of course totally optional but they can help serve as a decoration on your tables or ceremony chairs.
This post is part of our “wedding week” series celebrating Laura’s wedding this past Saturday. Look out for all things wedding this week as we write about all of our favorite wedding things!