The Wedding Invitation
is one of the most important and key factors to your special day. It informs your quests of the who, what, where, and when.
As per the level of formality dictates the weight of paper and type of printing, it will also allude to an air of expectation of what is to come.
As tradition would have it, there are several parts that accompany the wedding invitation. However, depending upon size, formality of the event, and budget you can opt to include them or not to. Below you will find a the parts of the invitation, and a brief summary of each in significance.
The Outer Envelope – This is where your entire ensemble is held. This is optional of course today. Some choose to forgo this part for a variety of reasons, i.e.; less paper waste. Note: When using an outer envelope, your return address should be found on the outer back flap.
The Inner Envelope – Often lined with colored paper (gloss or matte) to match the ink or decal on the invitation. This adds a special and elegant touch to the overall presentation of your invitation.
The Invitation – Of course
Tissue Paper – Traditionally this was used as a overlay on the invitation to prevent the ink from smudging. No longer essential because of the many different printing options, but still used for the overall traditional appeal.
The Reception Card – This informs your quests where the celebration will occur. This is needed especially if your wedding and reception are in different locations. However, if your wedding and reception are in the same location, then this is not necessary.
The Response Card – This important card informs your intended guests to respond with a reply to accept or regret, usually before or by a closing date.
Response Card Envelope – This should include your address and have a stamp on it.
Map and Directional Cards – These are exceptionally helpful in getting your guests from point A to B. Especially those who are in from out-of-town. These can be purchased along with your ensemble or requested from your reception venue.
Accommodation Cards – For your out of town guests. This preprinted card will list your recommendations of selected hotels where they can lodge at. Trust me, they will appreciate this.Optional
Within-the-Ribbon Cards – Another tradition is to designate special seating for select guests. The guests receiving these cards present them to the ushers, who will escort them to this special seating (usually in the front) that has been sectioned off by ribbon. Optional.
At-Home Cards – A handy way to inform every one of your new address and the date you expect to begin residing there. These can be sent with a wedding invitation or wedding announcement.Also, optional.
**Save the Dates Cards are normally sent out 12 months before your event, or if your wedding is around a calendar holiday. It gives your intended guests “the heads up” to plan and the option of scheduling vacation time around your weekend festivities.**
Just a few other tips when sending out your invitations:
– Mail out 4 to 8 weeks before
– Never include any registry information
– Never write on the response card the “number” of people that you are inviting
– Never and by all means, never put “Monetary Gifts Preferred“ on your invitation or any other piece of your wedding stationery.
Even though all of these pieces are listed above, it does not mean you need all of them. The more you add, the higher the cost becomes. Not just for your stationery, but for postage as well. Choose pieces that will fit your needs and budget accordingly and you won’t go wrong.