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This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime….

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There is no lack of unique ideas when it comes to all things wedding. From unique engagement stories to eclectic reception décor and everything in between! But what’s the ultimate unique wedding idea? Planning a festive midweek wedding! Because why not?! The idea may seem a bit inconvenient and definitely out of the ordinary, but there are actually a lot of perks to planning a midweek wedding.

So, what are the pros and cons to planning a midweek wedding? Let’s see.

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The Pros

None of your guests will miss the wedding because of another wedding.

Especially during the spring and summer wedding season Fridays and Saturdays are booked solid with brides making their walk down the aisle which means even more folks have rsvp’d and already have plans to attend another wedding. When your wedding is on a less popular day that means most of your guests will definitely show!

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Discounts and lower rates will almost always be offered through most of your wedding vendors.

A midweek wedding means extremely discounted rates for venues, caterers, photographers, and other various vendors. We all know that weddings can be extremely pricey so any break in rates is definitely a wedding win!

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There is much less pressure to throw an extravagant wedding and the alternative is amazing.

Yes, when guests receive their modern wedding invites they might initially think, Wednesday? But that aside, the pressure of throwing an extravagant wedding is much less as a midweek wedding screams laidback and casual. So, that gives you the opportunity to take advantage of that and throw a low-key down to earth wedding. That can mean less stress, less cost, and less to do. Leaving more room for celebration of love. Or you can surprise your guests with the most fancy wedding Wednesday they’ve ever seen!

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It will be a day you and your guests will never forget.

No matter what day you get married, you and your guests will always cherish those memories, but even more so with a midweek wedding that will forever stand out.

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The Cons

A smaller turnout is likely in store.

This may not be a con for every bride, but a midweek wedding will mean fewer guests. Out of town guests can almost immediately be counted out and anyone with an extra busy week might not be able to follow through with their intended rsvp. Fewer guests does mean less money and more time with each attendee. So, there’s even a silver lining in that.

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Prepare for a quick ceremony and an early night.

Between work, afterschool activities, and the craziness of everyday life, there will definitely be less time to fit everything in. Be sure to choose an appropriate time such as five or six in the evening and keep the ceremony short and sweet. When it comes to the reception go for a buffet-style dinner and more of an open house vibe.

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Is A Midweek Wedding For You?

Now that you’ve weighed the pros and cons and decided if a midweek wedding is for you. Here are some ideas to make your unique wedding festive and fun for everyone. From etiquette your guests will appreciate to fun invitation ideas that will get your guests super excited for your special day – even if it is a bit more special than usual.

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Your Wedding Day Timeline

It is so important to make sure each aspect of your wedding is taken care of and confirmed prior to the big day. Assign someone to follow up with all of the vendors the day prior to the wedding to remind them that their mid-week event is, in fact, a wedding. This will help ensure vendors take your day seriously by being on time, appear in properly dressed, and be ready to make things happen!

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Serve an Unforgettable Meal

 Your guests are going to be hungry! They’ve probably had a full day of work and rushed to the wedding so make sure your meal is something everyone will enjoy and a dinner that won’t leave guests hungry later in the night. Full bellies will make for a much happier reception. A buffet style with tons of options and a decked out dessert table will go over well.

 

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Offer a Signature Cocktail

Prior to the ceremony, offer a signature cocktail and a small appetizer for your guests to enjoy while everyone is getting settled. This will keep guests feeling social and satisfied giving brides and the wedding party a few extra moments for last minute touches.

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Set the Tone with Amazing Wedding Invitations

Wedding invitations and stationery set the tone for a wedding. They give guests a glimpse into your personal style and what to expect for the big day. Create the most amazing invitations from Basic Invite. Choose from 180 colors, several foil options, and hundreds of designs to wow your guests and get them on board for your mid-week nuptials.

Who says weekends are for weddings, anyway? Plan a festive and truly unique mid-week wedding and give your guests something extra special to look forward to on hump day and through the rest of the week.

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This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime…

Just imagine it – it’s finally your big day and you are walking down the aisle to your forever person. The ceremony begins and as you start your vows, somewhere amongst the guests, you hear a baby screaming. Or, maybe your cousin’s son won’t sit still and is running around the back of the building. Not the most romantic moment, right?

Whether or not to invite children to your wedding can be somewhat of a touchy subject. Whenever a wedding is planned, there’s always many people involved, often with differing opinions and feelings. Inviting children to your wedding is by no means a faux pas, and many people opt for that, so the choice is ultimately up to you and your fiancé.

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Why A “No Children Invited” Policy At Wedding Ceremonies Or Receptions

Common reasons people opt to not include children might be:

1. Cost

Inviting children means a higher guest count, with added budget needed for kids meals and beverages. If you are tight on cash for your big day, discluding children and just inviting your adult friends and family is the best way to keep costs at a minimum.

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2. Large Numbers

If you are getting married later in life (as I just did, at 35) it means probably most of your friends already have kids which means potentially adding 40+ kids to your wedding day, and let’s be honest, this isn’t a carnival. So, just keep any kids at a minimum by just allowing nieces/nephews to attend and even better, add them in as ring bearers or flower girls!

3. Alcohol Being Served

Alcohol is flowing and therefore you want the atmosphere as mature as possible so everyone can let loose for the night!

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4. Disruption

Finally, you may want an intimate ceremony with your best and closest and don’t want to run the risk of a crying child interrupting your most vulnerable, emotional moments with your new spouse.

Informing Your Guests It’s Adults Only

All of the above are perfectly legitimate reasons, but how do you go about telling your guests this without offending? Read on below for some pointers!

Invitation wording for Adults Only

Invitation Wording: 

Main invite: This is the best and most direct, while still polite, way to let your guests know children are not invited. At the bottom of your invite, instead of the typical, “Reception to follow” you can simply add “Adult reception to follow”. That one keyword helps to let people know – no kids.

Reply card: Add a line that says “We have reserved ___ seats in your honor”. If you are inviting, for example, John and Jane Smith (who also have 2 kids), you would simply put the number “2” in that blank before sending it so that John and Jane know there’s only room at the table for the two of them and no more. Alternately, you can add under the “accepts with pleasure” line “___ of ___ attending”.

Envelope addressing: How you address your envelope should also dictate who’s invited. If you want just the parents, you address to just them. If you are inviting their kids then it could be worded “The Smith Family” or with the kids’ names written out on the line below their parents.

Be blunt! Lastly, you can be super direct and on an insert card or elsewhere. Some sensitive guests may find it rude but it is the most effective.

  • Please, no children
  • Adult only affair
  • This invitation is extended to adults only
  • Adults only ceremony and reception

Wedding Website Wording:

Events tab: Your wedding website is another place you can add this wording, under the schedule of events tab for the wedding day.

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While family members and friends may disagree with your decision about inviting children to your wedding ceremony and reception, it’s your wedding. Taking a direct approach is to state your preference, minimize hard feelings, and allow your guests to make plans for childcare.

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