12 Items to Include in Your Wedding Invites
Get inspired with our wedding invitation ideas!
Save the dates
Send out save the dates around nine to 12 months before your wedding date. The save the date card will allow people to keep the day free and let them know where the venue is and who is invited, so they can start to think about travel, accommodation and childcare if necessary.
The invitation is the most obvious thing you will need to send out. Outlining the timings, venue, date and who is invited to the wedding day and evening reception.
Along with the invitation, you will need to include an RSVP card for guests to send back to you letting you know if they can attend. If you have a menu option for guests to choose from you should include space for them to add their choice and, whether you have a multi-choice menu or not, a space for them to let you know if they have any dietary requirements. Cards by abcd-weddings.co.uk
Extra information cards
If you have lots of information to tell your guests, keep your invitation looking beautiful without filling the whole thing with text and include the additional information in a separate information card. You could include up ti three cards, depending on what you want to include. Think directions, a map, parking details, arrival time, accommodation options, dress code, gift list, a note on photography, etc.
If you need guests to select their meals choice ahead of the day itself you might need to include menu cards with the invitations, too. Alternatively, you could have an individual card displayed at each place setting or a couple of menus per table so that guests know what they will be sampling on the day.
Slightly smaller than the invite envelope and holds your wedding invitation suite and includes the titles and/or full names while the inner envelope is less formal and leaves out names, titles and last names.
Wedding reception invites are a traditional enclosure card you expect to see with a standard wedding invitation. This is helpful if your reception isn’t going to be held at the same locations your wedding ceremony. Cards by smithandthemagpie.com
Weekend Events Card
A weekend events card is a great way to give your guests additional information such as rehearsal dinners, post-wedding brunches, spa days etc. That way you can keep additional events all in one place other than constantly sending out new invitations and asking guests to save the dates constantly.
You could add an insert with additional information such as parking options, places to stay or directions. This is a nice extra to include that your wedding guests will appreciate, making the day go smoother for everyone involved. Cards by emilyandjo.co.uk
As the name suggests, these cards are informative cards that tell your guests where about they can get accommodation or lodging, which is beneficial for those flying in from different countries and they’re not accustomed to the area.
This one is optional but adds a personal touch to your wedding invitations, you can wrap your invitation cards with vellum wrap and a wax seal, consider using colours in your wedding colour scheme as a subtle hint of what’s to come, and use personalised wax stamps to make your invitations truly unique.
On the day items
You will need to wait for your RSVPs to come back before you can order any on-the-day stationery items. When you have a confirmed guests list you can think about ordering an order of the day (to let everyone know the timing and ensure guests don’t miss out on crucial parts of the day), an order of service, table plan, table numbers and place name cards (to help everyone find their seats). Plus any other little extras you might like, such as tags for favours in a matching design, a card box sign or printed copies of your readings to display after the ceremony. After the big day, don’t forget to send thank you cards to the guests that attend your day.
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