Congratulations on your engagement! Now it is time to make your wedding plans. Designing, printing and sending out wedding invites is a huge undertaking. If you are not sure about what you should include in your wedding invitation suite, the following guide can help.
- Wedding Invitation
A wedding invitation suite naturally includes wedding invitations – and although what should be written on the invites might seem obvious, many couples forget to add key details such as date, time, location of the ceremony and the reception. It’s important to check the invite over and over again. If you like to do things yourself, you can easily make your own Mixbook wedding invites. This online platform makes it easy for couples to design their own wedding stationery.
- Reception Card
In the event that your wedding reception will not be conducted in the same location as your wedding ceremony, you will have to add a separate card detailing the reception information. The wording of your reception card should showcase the formalness and nature of your event. If your reception is being held before 1p.m, on the first line of the card write “Breakfast Reception”. For anything happening after 1p.m, just write “Reception” or even “Dinner Reception” if it’s in the evening.
- Response Card
As you send out response cards, do not forget to add a stamp for the convenience of your guests. You can number the names of your guests and write the number behind the corresponding response card. This will help you to look up responses using the numbers just in case you are unable to read the handwriting or if somebody forgets to add their name. Given that you plan on offering meal choices, the response card is where you can include check boxes for guests to choose the meal they prefer.
Of course, nowadays you can forgo response cards completely and direct your guests to RSVP on the wedding website you have created, but it is also important to be considerate of the older generations who may not be comfortable with using a computer.
Do not leave wedding guests to rely on their own devices while travelling to your wedding venue. While Google Maps are very efficient, a guest’s phone can run out of power or lose reception completely and that means he/she will not be able to get to your venue on time.
Moreover, your elderly wedding guests may not even have access to a smartphone that can direct them instantaneously. To be on the safe side, include a direction card in your wedding invitation suite in addition to the directions you will put on your wedding website.
- Inner Envelope
The inner envelope is where you write names of every guest you are inviting to your wedding, and clearly indicate who can come (or cannot come) to your ceremony. If your guest will be bringing a specific plus-one, include both of their names. If your guest can bring anybody, the inner envelope should indicate their names and a generic guest e.g. “Ben Browns and Guest”. If there is no plus one, just write the guest’s name only.
This is also the place to indicate whether children are invited to the event. For instance, if you’re inviting a whole family, the inner envelope needs to be addressed to “The Browns”. However, if you are inviting the parents only, it needs to read “Ben and Margaret Brown”.
- Outer Envelope
Always remember to include a stamp. Fortunately, you do not need to hand write all the addresses yourself, many stationary firms offer addressing services.
- Belly Band
Also known as an invitation wrapper, the belly band is used to hold together all the items of the wedding invite suite together. Go for a coordinating hue and accentuate the belly band with a jewel or just a ribbon for more glam.