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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Huang Hao
I would like to sincerely thank James for the services of the night. The DJ&MC service was an important part of the perfect reception and I heard positive feedback from my guests. Again, thanks James for bring such a great vibe to my wedding!
Ellen Vacouftsis
Great experience with James, he was easy to deal with and very attentive to what we needed for our event. Would highly recommend his services to anyone considering.
Laura Doan
I have worked with James over the last few years and as an Events Manager it makes a world of difference when you have amazing vendors that you work with. James has prompt communication and always goes above and beyond all client expectations. Would recommend him to all my clients and looking forward to continuing our business relationship! He can accommodate to any type of event no matter how big or small. Always meets the clients briefs and makes things happen! Thank you James for making my job easier!
Natalie O'Keeffe
What an amazingggg experience we had with James!So friendly , organised and attentive!From the very first conversation with him, I knew he was the perfect DJ & MC for our special day! He also provides a very affordable Ipad photobooth that our guests loved using and sent us all the digital pics and gifs which we absolutely loved going through.He ensured our night ran as planned & he quickly adjusted to any last minute changes made and also made me feel that nothing was too much trouble!He had the dance floor going all night, he got all of our guests involved and he was so awesome with the kids!James, it was an honour to have you and to work with you and we appreciate you so much.You wont regret using Only Djs Melbourne!!Thank you so much James! Sending all our love to you and your beautiful little family xox
Danielle C
Wow, what amazing night we had at our wedding on Sunday and huge part of that was having James as our DJ. We wanted a Greek and Aussie mix, and the balance was perfect. James was happy to help with whatever we needed. He was also great at supporting and guiding my uncle at being our MC, which we really appreciated. Highly recommend Only DJs if you're looking for a reliable, fun and knowledgeable DJ.
Berlin Hiu
James was SO amazing and made my wedding day so special! working with him was so easy, he is so helpful, responsive, and definitely knows what he’s doing! thank you so much again, my night could not have been as amazing as it was without you! 🤍
Illyria91
An amazing DJ and MC, couldn't have been more happier. Highly recommend this gentleman and his amazing services. Thank you again Only DJ'S Melbourne for making my wedding perfect.
Andrew Kavalko
James was our DJ and MC for our wedding and we couldn't recommend him anymore. He was very professional and confident when planning our night. Helped keep the night as stress less as possible which made our night so much more enjoyable. Kept people on the dance floor all night and organised fireworks and dry ice perfectly for our first dance. Highly recommended!!!
Sandy C
James was an amazing DJ and MC at our wedding!He really went above and beyond to ensure the night went well for us.Everything was planned extremely well and he gave some great recommendations to us to make the night even better.We highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a DJ/MC at their wedding 🙂
Angelique Gabriel
James was super professional and responsive from my initial enquiry to the wedding day and everything in between. Would highly recommend for any event.
Theo Dimitriu
James was our DJ and MC for our wedding and we could not be happier. The entire reception ran smoothly and the dance floor was always full of people enjoying themselves. Highly recommended and will absolutely reach out to him again if a DJ and MC is needed.In the lead up to the wedding, James was fantastic. He responded quickly to all our questions, gave us suggestions on how to make things run smoothly and really understood what we wanted and made it happen.During the reception, he guided us through the different formalities which was so appreciated (we were so nervous) and throughout the night he was able to read the room and make small adjustments to keep a nice flow of events. We really appreciated the small things he did, for example before speeches he made sure the tables looked clean, glasses were topped up for toasts, he made sure bridal party were ready and he made nervous speakers feel comfortable and supported to make speeches.We cannot recommend James highly enough. If you are looking for a DJ and MC who will make your event an unforgettable night, look no further.
Mariza F
James was highly professional and arranged the set music perfectly. We had a great night!Value added with the pyro, dry ice and photobooth all organised through Only DJ's Melbourne. This took a lot of juggling out of our hands when planning for our wedding.
Daniela Scala
If I could could give 10 stars I would. James is absolutely fantastic as a DJ. He’s is a professional, and easy to deal with. I highly recommend his services.
monique briard
We recently had James as our wedding MC and Dj and he was amazing. He responded extremely quickly to emails and nothing was too hard for him. He was able to understand the vibe we wanted and was able to read the crowd. We had the best night dancing the night away with our friends and family. I highly recommend booking James at your next event you will not be disappointed.
Mel Grose
We recently had DJ James and saxophonist Imre at our wedding. The whole night was so smooth thanks to James’ attention to detail. He went above and beyond, nothing was too much. He adapted so well when our timeline was running a little behind on the night and was full of great advice on the day. He was a calming presence and we honestly felt like he was a huge contributor in the success of our night! Also, his music was AWESOME and the dance floor was a huge hit all night. Highly recommend his saxophonist Imre aswell, who was also excellent. I would highly, highly recommend Only DJ’s
Georgette Maria
My husband and I booked James for our son’s baptism celebration at the start of November, and we couldn’t be happier with our choice of DJ. He was excellent and met our every need, checking in with us as the night went on to make sure we were happy. Having a young baby can make it difficult to stick to a run sheet, but James was certain that he was flexible and smoothly worked with the flow of the night and the energy on the dance floor. He played a fantastic mix of music, including our request of specific Greek songs, and worked well with the Lebanese drummers to meet our varying mix of music on the night. James, thank you so so much, we couldn’t be more grateful and are super stoked we chose you for our event. You also received amazing feedback from many guests saying how kind, friendly and enthusiastic. We will definitely be using Only DJs for our future events 🙂
Shinay Dehommel
James was the best DJ, he is very professional and easy to deal with, nothing was to much trouble. If we ever have another event or someone is looking for a DJ he will be the guy to go to. Thanks legend for a awesome night!!
Minhtu Nguyen
We had James DJ for our school's formal. A great performance and the kids loved it.Thanks
Bella C
On the 16/12/23 james was the DJ and MC for mine and my now husbands wedding! He went above and beyond in the planning process, had hundreds of songs to choose from and provided a plan that he finalised with us before the big day. the whole wedding reception he kept it running smoothly and communicated to us if we needed to do or change anything ! He was incredible and worth every dollar- it just shows you really do get what you pay for ! James thank you for making our wedding special and a night we will never forget!
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Can't thank you enough for your professionalism and for making my wedding day amazing x
Amanda Mangos
James was amazing, he was willing to go above and beyond and make sure everything ran smoothly. Always checking in and communicating on the day/night and in the lead up. Nothing was ever too much! Thanks again
Kat Nix
What an amazing night with an amazing crew. James from Only DJs and Steve Gold on bouzouki were a pleasure to work with. They catered to my every need and made my 40th birthday party, a night I’ll never forget. Thank you so much!
Ellis Kolias
James is truly a gentleman and an expert at what he does.We were lucky enough to have him as both our DJ and MC on the night of our wedding and I can not recommend him enough. He was funny, entertaining and got a room with a mixed demographic to dance to multiple styles of music. It was no easy task but the dance floor was full the entire night.His dedication to his craft, his attention to detail and his transparency are nothing short of incredible.From day 1, he was incredibly easy to communicate with and was always willing to offer some advice to my wife and I.He made our big night one to remember. He made us feel comfortable and was in control of everything that was stressing us out.I will recommend him to all my family and friends and will entrust his impeccable work again for any future events.James - you're a superstar and a Levendi! 🇬🇷I will remember you for the rest of my life. 10/10.
Liz Bailey
James is fantastic, played all our fave songs and had great vibe on the night. Highly Recommend !
Vincent Chau
James was the epitome of professionalism and warmth. He worked well with our emcee to make our wedding night amazing. The dancefloor was packed, the Nutbush was banging, and the energy was fantastic. In the lead up to the wedding our emails were always responded to quickly and communication was great. Would recommend his services in a heartbeat. Thanks James
Sophia Milne
I can’t begin to say exceptional James is. Not just on the wedding day but the whole lead up to it for months. I can’t talk highly enough about him. Hire him, hire him, hire him. So trustworthy for your big day.He consulted me throughout the night with any questionable song requests, informed me when any big moments were about to happen, and kept me cool and calm throughout. Thank you James!
Beck Louise
James is amazing. He is professional and organised. He is a hard working, kind and genuine individual, who you would be lucky to have at your wedding. We hired him for SFX, photobooth, dj, and MC. Having him provide so many services allowed the booking and planning to be so easy which is also a main reason why we decided to go with Only DJs. I highly recommend James to anyone, and if we require a dj again will would go with him.
Shabnum Cassim
We had James DJ at our daughter's 5th birthday disco party over the weekend. He was a pleasure to deal with over emails and provided song lists and suggestions for games. He was very receptive to us providing our own music list too.During the party, he gave our music obsessed daughter an impromptu lesson on DJ-ing before the official event started, he was responsive and warm with all our guests and happy to pivot on additional games and timing as the party progressed throughout the afternoon.Highly recommended - thanks James!
Eliza Waldon
Made our wedding reception run smoothly and without any issues. Music was great.
Michelle Wrigley
James was fabulous from my first communication with him. He provided all the information I needed straight away. The booking process was easy and our School Disco was a huge success. James was very professional to deal with and I would highly recommend him for your next event.
Aaron Yip
Exceptional service. We hired James for our wedding with the dry ice and Photo Booth options, these on top of his service were the best addition to our wedding. We felt so special dancing in the dry ice and the Photo Booth gave all the guest plenty of photos to recall the wedding with. Thanks James for taking the stress out of the process with his elaborate planning and thoughtful gestures.
George Gramnea
Great service provider and very professional
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James was a great DJ, he really read the crowd and everyone had so much fun. My parents really liked him as well.
Natasha Kolivas
Cannot recommend Only DJs Melbourne enough! James was so wonderful to work with, asking lots of questions and communicating regularly to make sure he fully understood our requirements. He did a great job swapping between Greek and English music for my daughter's Christening, and really read the room well. Looking forward to working with him again 😀
Aley Wong
Our experience with Only DJ was fantastic. James did a great job to my husband's surprise 60th birthday party. He is friendly, approachable, undoubtedly extremely professional and his equipments are great. He played a big role in making the event a perfect celebration. Thank you so much James, you are simply excellent. I highly recommend your services.
Natalie T
A massive thankyou to James for being the most organised, approachable DJ/MC there is. Anything we needed leading up to our big day, James was there and had our back. His DJ/MC skills are a absolute 10/10!!! We would highly recommend having James as your DJ/MC, he definitely will not let you down!
Nikita S
Good Dj service. Ticked all the boxes. Our night was magical with the music/ effects and photobooth. Thank you James. Highly recommend.
Cherie Appleyard
Mitchell Tarr
Would just like to give a massive shout out to this legend!We booked only djs for our special engagement party.James went above and beyond to cater for all our needs, Very well spoken mc and absolutely awesome dj.Would highly recommend James to anyone!Can’t wait to book you for our wedding!
Polico Construction
Best wedding I’ve been to was DJ’d by james
Craig Merlo
On Saturday night we had a joint 50th birthday, Only DJ'S Melbourne was amazing. Steve the DJ set everything up which included lights, which looked fantastic. We had ages from 17 to 78 years old's at the party, everyone got up and danced throughout the night. Thanks to James for the great, quick communication, which took the stress off us for the night, all your work was appreciated. We look forward to our next event, we will be using Only DJ's Melbourne!
Andrea Cummins
James from Only DJ's came highly recommended by our wedding venue and I can definitely understand why! He was not only an amazing DJ with a tonne of great songs, but he was also an amazing MC. He guided us through the night perfectly, and he was so considerate and thoughtful with making sure we were prepared and of course happy with everything, and also he made us laugh too which we loved! He always provided prompt and clear responses prior to the wedding which we really appreciated. James also helped us organise our pyrotechnics which looked amazing on the day!! I honestly couldn't recommend him enough!! Thank you again James for everything ☺️
Mr T
James was the perfect choice for our wedding music. He responded quickly to our questions and requests, and paid attention to every detail. He made us feel relaxed and confident, even when we were stressed out by the wedding planning. He was not only a great DJ, but also a supportive wingman, a lively hypeman, and a skilled coordinator. He was a true professional and a joy to work with. We highly recommend him!
Ally Wilwood
James - you went absolutely above and beyond for us at our wedding, and catered to our every individual need. Thank you so much for the incredible job you did at not only being a very fun and charismatic MC, but also for providing us with great tunes all night and for incorporating all our Arabic music. We absolutely cannot thank you enough! 🥰❤️
Simon Huynh
James from OnlyDJs was amazing to work with as a DJ and MC! He handled everything smoothly, from managing my crazy ethnic family (despite the language barriers) and keeping the party going. James read the room perfectly, played great music, organized fun games, and even offered some heartfelt advice. He kept everything on schedule and really boosted the vibe, especially hyping my dad during his speech. I highly recommend James and Only DJ's for any wedding or event - they're fantastic!
peter marinakis
James was absolutely outstanding when it came to providing MC, music and equipment for our wedding. James is very professional and gave us great confidence leading up to our wedding as well. He read the crowd beautifully on the night and there wasn’t a single minute were the dance floor was empty, all our guests had a ball. Thank you James for your patience and expertise. Highly recommended.
James Tipping
James recent did our wedding on the 26/4/24 and was amazing from start to finish. From the communication, organisation, DJ and MC skills we couldn't be more impressed. He reads the room and plays exactly what gets the guests up and dancing. He kept us updated with the flow of the night and ee would highly recommend him in an instant. Thankyou James for making our night unforgettable not just for us but everyone who attended.

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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