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Wedding Menu and Invites Advice
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Save The Date Cards
Send a 'Save The Date Card' ahead of the Wedding Invitations. Recommended if you're marrying in the summer, or when people might have longterm booked commitments eg. summer holidays, Christmas, Easter etc. Send these cards once your date is set but after your venue has been booked (in case you cannot get your preferred date at the wedding venue).
Wedding Day Invitations
Allow plenty of time for your guests to reply. You should send out your Wedding Invitations at least 6-12 weeks before the Wedding Day, though in practice you will probably be working months in advance in order to finalise your wedding guest list with the wedding venue.
The amount of Invitations you need to send is half of the number of guests you've invited as couples and families will get 1 invitation per family. Order some extras to allow for additional guests you may have left off your list, to cover any mistakes made writing them out, and even to add guests later should some of your original list not be able to come to your wedding.
Include hotel information and directions to the venue, with a note of their website perhaps, plus the RSVP cards. You can ask if there are any special dietary requirements or any food allergies - maybe even include a sample menu.
These are for guests not attending the Wedding Breakfast, just those invited for the Evening Reception. We recommend these be sent out the same time as the Wedding Day Invitations 6-12 weeks, at least, in advance, allowing you time to know the final numbers able to attend. (Note at many weddings, a number of evening guests tend not to show up to the Wedding; sending out formal invitations professionally produced will increase the likelihood of most of your evening list attending.)
When ordering your Evening Invitations, order half the number of your guest list if all are couples with some extras as spares for any guests left off your initial list.
These go out with the Wedding Day and Evening List Invitations to speed up the responses. You may have to chase some up to reply. Early confirmations means you can finalise guest numbers and your wedding venue costs sooner.
For seating your guests at the Wedding Breakfast in line with your Table Plan. Order one per guest plus a few spares for mistakes or late changes in guests attending.
You will need one per table. It is more customary nowadays to give your tables names instead of numbers. These can compliment your wedding theme and can include place names, town names, or tree names - we've even seen some with London Underground train station names. The names depend on the theme of your wedding.
Some quick ideas for naming tables: gemstones, animals, flowers, sports teams, places in your local area / countries / towns / castles etc, dances, beaches, film characters, colours, bands and songs, names of drinks, names of sweets and chocolates, seven wonders of the world or other significant places / people etc, train and tube stations etc.
For Wedding Breakfast. Most weddings will determine what guests are eating in advance so your wedding caterers can make the required amount of each dish to order. These include all the options for each course and at Craig y Nos we need to know what guests would like to eat before the wedding day and also if there are any vegetarians / special dietary needs. You can also include the timings of the speeches and toasts.
Special dietary needs should be catered for (though not necessarily included on the main menu) eg: vegetarian, kosher, nut or other allergies, gluten intolerance, halal etc.