WHAT TO INCLUDE IN YOUR WEDDING INVITATIONS

There are several options when creating your complete wedding invitation suite. And it can certainly be overwhelming. Learn more about the different elements and components below.


INVITATIONS

INVITATION

The invitation includes the most important details of the full suite - the names of the couple, wedding date, time and location.

ENVELOPE LINER

For an added element of elegance, we offer both standard envelope liners and liners with custom watercolor illustrations. The liner is placed within the inside flap of an envelope and provides a thoughtful level of detail to the experience of opening the

SILK RIBBON

We offer the option to include an elegant silk ribbon to bundle together the full invitation suite. There are several, mostly netural color options to tie in your wedding color scheme.

RESPONSE CARD

The traditional response card allows for guest to mail back a reply to your invitation. It most often indicates who will be attending and number attending. There is also the option to include a meal selection on the response card, allowing guests to select a dinner entree of their choice.

A response envelope is typically included with the card.

Some couples opt for a digital response by including their wedding website and inviting guests to rsvp online. This can provide cost savings, as you avoid the purchase of additional stamps and response envelopes.

ENCLOSURE CARD

Commonly referred to as a details card or recption card, the enclosure card can be used in many ways:

  • Provide details for the reception time and location, if the reception venue is seperate from the ceremony venue
  • Direct guests to the wedding website
  • Inform guests of wedding details, such as preferred accomodations, directions, parking information, shuttle transportation, pre- and post-wedding activities (i.e. welcome cocktail party, farewell brunch), weekend activities, rehearsal dinner details, etc.
  • Remind guests of wedding registry details
  • Highlight a meaningful quote or scripture verse

MAP

A map is a unique and memorable element of an invitation suite. Our custom watercolor illustrations most often include a high-level map of a city or town, a map of wedding weekend venues or a detailed map highlighting the illustration of one key venue.


ENVELOPES

OUTER AND INNER ENVELOPES

The most traditional and formal approach is to package the invitation suite in two envelopes.

The outermost envelope is slightly larger than a traditional outer envelope, and is used for mailling. It will include the formal guest name and address, postage and oftentimes a return address on the back flap.

The inner envelope will address guests in a more informal manner (i.e. "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" or "Andrew and Mariah"). Once the invitation suite is packaged inside this envelope, it is inserted into the outer envelope, printed side towards the envelope opening.

Using both envelopes gives your invitation an additional layer of protection from the mail system. The inner envelope stays clean and pristine, allowing your guests to use it as a pocket for your suite and also to save as a keepsake.

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SINGLE OUTER ENVELOPE

A slightly less traditional, but more common approach is to package the invitation suite in a single outer envelope. The outer envelope is used for mailing, and includes the guest address, postage and oftentimes a return address on the back flap.

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RESPONSE ENVELOPE

If you choose to include a traditional response card, a common courtesy would be to also include a response envelope.

For the convenience of your guests, including postage  and pre-filling your return address is an etiquette must.

Some couples opt to introduce a pop of color from their wedding theme by ordering response envelopes in a different color from the rest of the outer envelopes.

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ADDRESSING

GUEST ADDRESS CALLIGRAPHY

For clients who choose to design their invitatons with us, we offer custom calligraphy services for both outer and inner envelopes.

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OUTER ENVELOPE RETURN ADDRESS PRINTING

Couples often opt to print a standard return address file on the back flap of the outermost envelope.

We offer custom address design and printing, styled to match your invitation suite and wedding theme.

RESPONSE ENVELOPE RETURN ADDRESS PRINTING

As a courtesy to your guests, your return address should be pre-filled on the response envelope.

We offer custom address design and printing, styled to match your invitation suite and wedding theme.

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Once you have a better idea of what you'd like to include in your wedding inviation suite, we'd love to hear from you! 

 

 

 

PHOTO CREDITS: BRAD AND JEN PHOTOGRAPHY,
HOLLY VON LANKEN PHOTOGRAPHY, BEN AND COLLEEN