Writing Wedding Invitation Tips

We know that writing wedding invitations can be very difficult especially if you have special requests. These special requests might include asking that children don’t attend or that you are not prepared to pay for a guests plus one and much more. We have have heaps of tips on how to word or write your wedding invitation to make sure you don’t have to have any difficult conversations.

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Natasha Turner
James was absolutely amazing, extremely thorough and happy to ensure our night went as planned. So many of my guests complimented me on the DJ and the music, he was an awesome addition to the night and I wouldn’t hesitate to book him again or recommend him. James, thank you so much for all of your effort and care, I can’t tell you how much Jesse and I appreciated it.
cassia kelsall
Dean was a wonderful DJ who made my nephews 16th birthday a huge success. Dean was punctual, read the crowd, took requests, was approachable, and genuinely lovely. Thank you Dean for all your effort and making it a great night!
Abby Islas
We used James for a store opening launch party and he was amazing! Read the room so well and was playing the right music for the crowd. Was so interactive with the kid's, getting them behind the decks to play some songs. Plus, he's super lovely! Definitely will use him again 🙂
Sharon Armstrong
Thanks so much to James for being the DJ at our School Graduation Disco for the last 3 years. James keeps the kids entertained with dance competitions and involving them as judges! This year was hard as the Disco had to be outside, without a stage!! But James adapted well to the challenge , and the kids had a fantastic time. Thanks so much James!!
Mary Claire Bailey
James was very helpful in the lead up to our wedding. He took the time to make sure he had a good idea of what we wanted, and used that to create a wonderful evening for us. Professional and very well priced, I would highly recommend him
Grathnox-X YT
I contacted James for private DJ lessons for my son. He responds very quickly and efficiently to all of my queries and emails and presented himself very professionally from initial contact.James is very punctual, clear, patient and professional in the delivery of his lessons and my son thoroughly enjoys learning with him.We are so glad to have found James.Thank you Only DJ’s Melbourne!!
Madison Kelly
We booked James for a corporate event. He was great! He was quick to respond, arrived early, checked in with us throughout the night and overall was very professional! Everyone enjoyed the nightWill definitely be booking again
Tammy A
We hired James for my daughter's 21st. He was very professional and attentive to all our needs. James was punctual and made sure that we were all on the same page. He also made sure that everything flowed throughout the night and I didn't have to worry about a thing I would highly recommend James for your next event.
Nathan Berias
Met with great maturity and professionalism throughout the whole process with Only Dj's Melbourne! Fantastic experience overall, definitely would be the first and only candidate for future events that I hostMany thanks to James and Only Dj's Melbourne 🙂
Gavin Devane
James was fantastic to deal with. Set up on time, accommodating to everyone and great music! This is the first time I’ve used him but the second time I’ve seen him. Would definitely recommend. Totally professional, reliable and worth the money.
Lisa Galante
We have used James for a few years now and always has been fantastic. He is very accomodating and so easy to deal with. Will definitely use again.
Adrian
James was an absolute gentleman ran our event exactly as we asked got the kids involved and all of our guests had an awesome night. Would very highly recommend hiring James and the team at only djs for your next event. Thank you so much again James for making our daughter’s christening one to remember.Adrian, Elaine and Andi.
Carmen Carnovale
James from Only Dj's Melbourne was fantastic. We booked him in August for our wedding in November. In the lead up to our wedding his communication was excellent! James checked in every few days before the wedding just in case any details had changed - this was so reassuring. On the night, James came and introduced himself to us and kept checking in with us throughout the night to see if we needed anything. We would highly recommend James. Thankyou for an amazing night!
Jennifer Eagles
thank you so much James for the DJ lessons you gave to my son. It was fantastic for him to learn properly and you were very patient and soo helpful to him - receiving one of your vouchers for his birthday was such a great gift for my son! thanks again
Jj Lattouf
James is an incredible DJ, he played at an event for the opening of my store. His music suited perfect, he is great with customers and very interactive with kids. Would highly recommend and will definitely be using him again for the next event.
Tracey Fletcher
James is very organised and reliable. He was very friendly and helpful before and during the event. The music was seamless and well presented and exactly what we had asked for. I thoroughly recommend him!
Stacey Stavroula ODWAZNY
By far the best DJ, reliable, professional and caters to our school needs. I highly recommend this service for professional and private parties. Thank you for your service and we look forward to working with you again
Susan DOuglass
Great afternoon my daughter had a great time. It has definitely inspired her to explore this further. Thank you
Linda Gatt
DJ James made my husbands 40th a night to remember!!! On point with all song requests, arrived super early to set up!! Was friendly, bubbly and involved himself with all our guests at the party, pretty cool MC aswell! When having another function I’d be sure to book him again! And his price was very reasonable compared to other quotes I got! Well done James and thanks again for an awesome night with awesome tunes!!!
Jenny Zhang
I cannot thank James enough for performing at our wedding. He was on point with all the music and every guest enjoyed the night. He was so thorough with the preparation prior to the wedding and went beyond to make sure he could accomodate all of our needs. I cannot recommend him enough! Thank you so much for making it a memorable night for us!
Paul Scicluna
Hi James, thank you for making our double 40th celebration such a great evening. Thank you for promptly responding to all our queries leading up to the event.
Eliza Waldon
Great night. Great music.
Angelo Gnanasigamony
James Ellis was very easy to work with and everything just flowed to well and seamless. We had alot of suppliers we were juggling leading up to the day and on the day and James just did his thing with no fuss.Great product as well with the dry ice and made our dance looks magical.Will not hesitate to reccomend!
Jessie Schleibs
James is an amazing dj to have for any of your functions. He is clear with his communication and adaptive to your requested and plays exactly what you want. He made our wedding! Keeping all our guests on the dance floor with his selections of music. He also made sure I had nothing to worry about on the day by just working it out. Thank you James, you where truly amazing
Estelle Tsimbis
James was an absolute superstar performer at my 21st. He knew how special I wanted this night to be and he did not disappoint; he helped make my dreams for the night come true! I, along with my friends and family were dancing all night long! He was very accomodating with my music selections and played all and the crowds favourites, especially RNB/dance 👌🏻🙌Thanks so much. Highly recommend!
Sally Whitford
James was great to communicate with and arrived at our house with all his equipment, we didn’t need to do anything. James has a good report with my son who throughly enjoyed the session. They recovered two mixes and my son was given copies of this on a hard drive and a folder with notes in, to refer to in future. A great experience for anyone interested in music and thinking about DJ-ing...
Belinda Halley
One of the Best days of my Life😊
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Casey Dawkins
Nicki Tamblyn
I cannot recommend James highly enough! He was the DJ at my daughter's 13th birthday party and right from the first time we talked to hiim he was engaging and accommodating and 100% focused on making her party the best experience for her. James was super easy to deal with and nothing was too much trouble. Belle provided her Spotify playlist, commuication was easy, he arrived with lots of time to set up, his equipment is the best and the music and lights were awesome. James is a great guy too so we couldn't have asked for a better DJ. Huge thanks James, we will definitely be recommending you to all our friends.
Chris Atha
Peter Kordos
Had an absolute amazing 21st with James on the decks. James went above and beyond to make sure everyone was having a good night and was on top of everything. Polite, professional and kept me updated every step of the way! Would recommend for him for all future events!!
Molly Nyhuis
CRG Group Distribution
James is a great guy, has a great eye for detail, is extremely professional in his dealings and is really well rounded when it comes to modern and traditional Italian / Greek music. Made our special day heaps of fun, for us and our guests. Would highly recommend him and his team!
smiley sez
Well worth the money!! James was very accommodating and did everything he could to make sure he gave us the very best service he could. He did a wonderful job creating a fun atmosphere and had everyone up dancing all night long! Would definitely recommend!!
Kevin Browning
James provided an excellent evening of music and entertainment for our students. He worked closely with us seeking an outline of expectations and was flexible in his approach to accommodate our requests. We would have no hesitation in recommending James for a school function and would certainly have him back again. Thanks, James!
Shannon
Choosing a DJ for our wedding proved to be more difficult than we thought, but over and over James from Only DJs was brought up.We couldn’t be happier with the decision we made to have James provide our wedding entertainment! He was professional throughout the whole process, and always made us feel looked after and excited for the day!He really considered what type of wedding we wanted and tailored it perfectly to the event. He provided us with a run down sheet too which was amazing!On the night the music flowed perfectly and everyone was always on the dance floor.Please, if you’re unsure on whether to choose only djs for your next event, do yourself a favour and go with it!Thanks so much James!
Paz Villacieros Zamacola
Thank you very much. The DJ did a fantastic professional job playing great music that got everyone going on the dance floor!.
Lena BERIAS
We were very fortunate to have James provide his DJ expertise at our son Nathan's 21st celebrations recently.From the first point of contact online, I found James to be engaging, professional and more than capable to answer my questions. The music selection on the night was a success as we couldn't decide what to pick, leaving it to James to put together a fantastic playlist across all genres, that set a fun ambiance to the night and had our guests up and dancing.I would highly recommend Only DJ's Melbourne to any event and if the opportunity arose, I would hire them again - thank you James!
Kalon Iversen
Always does a fantastic job
adam padgett
James was our DJ for our wedding and in the lead up to the day, he called me to check over all the details and gave plenty of reassurance that things will run smoothly! He was a total professional and has great communication. He was very flexible with song choices and had a really good idea of what we wanted. On the night his song choice has a lot of variety and played the right songs and the right times. He also checked in with us during the night to make sure we were happy, which we were! Thanks James for everything, highly reccomened.
Karin Forster
Had a fabulous experience with Only DJ’s. Friendly DJ’s very helpful in selecting when I wasn’t sure the vibe to go after. They were well organised and ensured all was considered on the night.
Luke Stevenson
Despite all the late challenges we created the night far exceeded our expectations. Our wedding reception was flawless and the dance floor buzzing! Thank you again for a fantastic night! we will be recommending you to our engaged friends for their weddings!
Christopher Ing
Highly recommend Only DJ's Melbourne. Amazing Team. Best in the business.
Alexandar Darkovski
We had Only DJs dj our engagement party. They were very responsive and catered to all our requests. We had a great night and the dance floor was always full!
Helen Vavougios
Mark Knight
Camillia Chmait
The best Dj going around! Dancefloor was never empty the music and song choice kept us all on our feet! Thank you so much for making my night complete with the best beats. Ill definately be using your amazing services again! Thank you

How to Write a Wedding Invitation – No Plus Ones

There are a number of ways which you can word your invitation to state that you don’t want to invite that boyfriend your cousin has been seeing for a month, or your friends girlfriend who you have only met once or twice. It is perfectly fine to ask for a guest not to bring a plus one and there is no shame in doing it. Remember that being a guest at your wedding is an honour not an expectation.

There are heaps of options, if you are doing online invitations, you have the ability with some to add or remove plus ones from the invitation some even have FAQ’s listed. For example:

Can I bring a date?

Unfortunately due to the numbers no additional plus ones can be catered for – the invitations will be addressed to the family/family member or friend invited.

Some tried and true method to prevent people from asking for a plus one could be:

  • As our wedding is planned as an intimate celebration with our immediate family and close friends, we hope you understand that invitations are only for those named.
  • We respectfully ask that you only RSVP for the persons we have put on the invitation, this is due to the already large guest list.
  • Due to budget/space limitations, we are unable to extend the invitation to partners.

Depending on the COVID restrictions you can also use this as an excuse for not inviting plus ones.

  • We would love to have your partner attend but due to COVID restrictions we cordially ask that you understand that we are unable to offer plus ones.
Wedding invitation tips No children

Writing Wedding Invitation – No Children

Some people love children whilst others just want an all adult affair. We have a few tips on how to kindly request that the kids stay home.

Unfortunately we cannot accommodate children – thank you for your understanding.

To allow all wedding guests, including parents, a night of relaxation and uninhibited revelry, we respectfully ask that no children attend the reception

We hope you will understand our decision to make the wedding children-free, and take the opportunity to let your hair down and celebrate in style!

Due to limited numbers, we hope you appreciate that children are only invited if named.

Due to necessity rather than choice, it is children of immediate family only. We hope you understand and enjoy your night off!

Wedding invitation tips No children

Writing Wedding invites when you are not providing meals

There are a heap of fun ways to word this depending on the scenario.

Thanks for sharing our special day with us. We’re trying save up to build our life together. So we respectfully ask instead of gifts, that you pay for your meal.

Today is our wedding,
Our very special day.
The only gift that we ask,
Is for your meal may you pay?
Drinks will be provided,
For our family & friends,
Together we celebrate,
Please come if you can.

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How to pick a guest list

Picking a guest list for your wedding can be one of the most difficult things you must arrange. It occasionally leads to conflict or frustration on the part of some disgruntled family member or someone who has control issues. The wedding guest list manager gives you an easy step by step guide on who to add and who to cut off your list. If there is one thing we do implore you to do, it is to not go into debt for a wedding just to get someones approval or to make one person happy.

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Extra Wedding Invitation Tips

If you would like a quick checklist of some wedding invitation tips you might want to have a quick run through these:

  • Make sure you are specific about who is invited. For example, John and Emily+ family or Amanda + partner.
  • Cover all the details, not just the date, time and location but also, directions to the venue, transport details, dress code, accommodation, dietary requirements and social media policies to name a few.
  • Check the postage costs before you order your invite.
  • Proofread them and get a third or fourth eye to review them.
  • Create a numbered guest list, marking an RSVP card with a number can make it much easier to document who is coming to your wedding.

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