What Your Wedding Invitations Should Reveal About Your Big Day

Part of the fun of planning a wedding is the fact that none of your guests know what you’re doing.

However, your wedding invitations should reveal important information like venue, theme (colour or otherwise) and time and date.

You can keep them guessing as much as you want. Most brides keep certain things, like their dress, a secret until the big reveal. Others choose to take their secrecy even further by refusing to disclose any major details.

But, there’s no denying that it’s usually essential to reveal at least some of the things you have planned. Leaving guests in the dark is all well and good, but it could lead to issues of logistics. After all, how can they attend if you keep things like your venue secret?

This is where your wedding invitations come in. These are the first hint of what your big day will be all about. It might give them a clue to colour scheme or your style.

As such, it’s essential you work out just how much you would like them to reveal. For the most part, this entirely depends on the level of secrecy you want to keep. But, we’re going to look at a few essentials which should always make an appearance on there somewhere.

 

Your venue

Obviously, your venue has to appear on your invitations. As fun as it would be to keep this a complete secret, there’s just no way you could work it. Well, not without buying expensive buses to transport everyone blind. In the long run, though, that wouldn’t work out. So, bite the bullet and put the address on there. On the plus side, there are plenty of other areas for mystery fun.

 

Your theme

Wedding invitations should reveal a style or design you’ve gone for. They don’t have to give away too much though.

You’ll need to give your guests a bit of a hint of what they can expect. This could be as simple as a coloured bow. Or, you could go all out and reveal your vintage theme using something like these vintage wedding invitations.

Instead of seeing this as ruining the fun, use it to increase the mystery. After all, done right, a hint like this could only tantalise your guests more. By thinking outside the box, you could create a real sense of mystery. For example, if you’re getting married in a wooded area, merely list the address and write ‘bring your wellies’. Your guests will drive themselves crazy trying to work it out.

 

The dress code

If you’re going all out with your themed wedding, the chances are that you have a dress code. The downside here is that you’ll need to reveal your theme beforehand to ensure your guests adhere.

It’s a catch 22 situation. It would be a load of fun to keep that theme secret, but it just wouldn’t be practical. Plus, seeing your guests all dressed up will be a lot more fun. Imagine how amazing that’ll look in your wedding photos! Sometimes, you just have to compromise on secrecy. There are plenty of other ways to keep guests guessing when the time comes.

Avoid Overspending at Christmas – and Still Eat all the Mince Pies

Christmas is notoriously an expensive time of year, and whilst you might find yourself spending more than you normally would with gifts, food and decorations, it doesn’t mean that you have to enter 2018 with nothing but Selection Boxes and rejected Miniature Heroes to eat.

Here are a few thrifty tips to ensure you avoid overspending at Christmas, and proof that you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to have a good time.

Keep Track of your Spending

It is all too easy to lose track when you’re buying bits ‘here and there’ for Christmas. The easiest way to keep track is to do a big online shop, or plan a day when you’re going to do all of your Christmas shopping and keep hold of the receipts. That way, you’re aware of exactly how much you’ve spent and can keep within your budget.

The best way to ensure you don’t spend more than your means is by setting a maximum budget. Of course, you might find yourself creeping over it slightly (with that office Secret Santa you dread every year) but if you have a figure in your head, you’ll know what you can and can’t buy.

No budget tends to mean that you’ll not only overspend but also buy stuff that you don’t really need. Whilst it’s important to treat yourself and loved ones at Christmas, do you honestly need and use everything you buy during the festive period?!

laptop on desk with coffee and paper. Avoid overspending at Christmas with budget trackers

Get on Top of the Retail Tricks

Avoid overspending at Christmas by leaving your shopping til last minute. Really! If you haven’t noticed already, high streets tend to put their sales on a couple days before Christmas – usually after everyone has sorted their Christmas shopping. It means that whatever you have sitting wrapped up under your tree, you could have bought a bit later, for a fraction of the price.

People might joke that you’re playing a dangerous game leaving all of your shopping until the last minute, but if you plan a big shopping day a few days before Christmas then you’ll be able to get everything you need and save yourself a bit of money.

Alternatively, if the thought of shopping at the last minute really makes you uncomfortable, try and buy your presents in the Black Friday sales that often run for the entire weekend.

present in brown paper with red bow

Cut Down on Costs Elsewhere

Anticipating a little overindulgence at Christmas is totally normal. A great way of getting around it is to cut down costs elsewhere in your day-to-day life to save you that bit of extra cash that Christmas requires. Energy bills costs us thousands each year, but have you had a look at how you can cut yours down?

One way people are sometimes unaware of is making the switch from regular Halogen light bulbs to LED alternatives. LED bulbs are just as powerful and shine just as brightly but use a lot less energy, meaning they are friendlier towards both the environment and your bank account.

There are plenty of colour and design choices, so you can’t really go wrong with having them installed. If you haven’t assessed your energy bills in a while, it is definitely worth taking an afternoon to look over them all – chances are you are paying more than you need to be!

Have a ‘Potluck’ Christmas Meal

christmas dinner table decoration

Your turn to host Christmas dinner this year? Don’t panic, you don’t have to pay for everything on your own. Hosting Christmas can be a lovely feeling and there’s nothing better than having the family altogether, however, cooking and paying for everything can be a worry.

Why not announce a ‘Potluck’ themed Christmas dinner, assigning a dish per family member. This way, you can bring together an absolute feast and have fun trying everyone’s different dishes. There is nothing better than a table full of home cooked goodness and encouraging everyone to muck in makes the feast that little bit more rewarding!