It's no harm to have a checklist for what to include with your wedding invitations - to save a giant "Doh!" after the invitations have gone out!! Below is a general list of what people may, or may not, wish to include in their invitations to guests.
- Map/Directions to get to the church/wedding venue and reception venue. Try Google Maps (https://maps.google.co.uk or https://maps.google.ie ) for maps of your area. They zoom right down to even show a satellite picture of the buildings! (you may get waylaid and end up looking up your house while you're there like I did). The AA's websites also have great route planners to give guests directions - AA UK Route Planner or AA Ireland Route Planner.
- A list of local hotels/guesthouses/B&Bs for people needing to stay over. If the hotel is providing a special rate for guests at your wedding, make sure to mention it.
- An optional gift list for those attending the full wedding and reception
- Transport options to get to the area - train, bus, airports.
- Information about Car Parking if required
- Local Taxi numbers for the evening or those without cars
- Whether smoking is allowed
- Whether confetti may be thrown at the church or not. Confetti usually has to be bio-degradable.
There may be other things you yourself with to include - it's up to you.
A note re. gift lists - traditionally speaking these are not included with invitations but rather made available should one be requested. This is to ensure that the guest does not feel obliged to purchase a gift in order to attend the wedding. In modern times however, most couples do include a gift list with invitations and feel (rightly so) that it makes guests lives easier should they wish to purchase from the gift list rather than choose a gift themselves. Gift lists are not usually included with invitations to evening celebrations only (not to the reception).