You’ve already made a mock-up of what your wedding invitations are going to look like, but your guests may need more information about the wedding than what can fit on that beautiful piece of cardstock. Wedding invitation enclosures—those extra pieces of paper that go inside the envelope along with the wedding invitation—provide additional information that guests will need to know, such as accommodation details, directions to the reception area, a weekend itinerary, and an RSVP card. Let’s go over the details of each type of enclosure, and how to determine whether or not you’ll need them for your wedding.
1. The RSVP Card
The RSVP card is the wedding invitation enclosure that most couples use. These cards will have a date that the cards need to be returned by, a space for your guests to write their names and, if necessary, a few menu choices they can choose between at the reception. The RSVP card will also include a self-addressed envelope with a stamp so that your guests can easily pop it in the mail and return it to you by the requested date.
Some couples forego the extra cost and paper for an RSVP and opt for an email or wedding website RSVP instead. Although your older guests may expect an RSVP card, in this day and age it’s perfectly acceptable to ask your guests to RSVP online.
2. A Reception Card
If your wedding ceremony and reception will take place in the same venue, there’s no need to include an additional reception card. You can simply put “reception to follow” (or some other version of that phrase) on the last line.
However, if your reception is taking place at another venue entirely, you may want to give guests an extra reception card with the name, address, and maybe even a small map that has the reception and ceremony space highlighted. It’s likely that your guests will just punch the address into their phones, but this can come in handy if your ceremony and reception space are out of cell phone reception range (of if your guests just prefer a tangible map).
3. Accommodation Information
Expecting a lot of out-of-town guests at your wedding? You may want to include accommodation information along with the wedding invitation. If you’re setting aside a block of hotel rooms or if you want to tell your guests which hotels you recommend, you can put this information on an additional piece of cardstock.
Other information that’s often included on the accommodations enclosure is instructions on how to get to the venue or hotels from the nearest airport. This can especially come in handy if your venue is located far from town or is in an especially confusing part of the city.
4. Wedding Weekend Itinerary
A weekend itinerary wedding invitation enclosure can be a useful add-on if you are having a destination wedding or if your wedding will include lots of weekend events. For example, if you are having a welcome dinner or cocktail reception, your guests will need to know where to meet you, what the attire is, and when it starts. You can also include details about any special events like dinners, post-wedding brunches, or any other events that you may have planned for your guests.
A destination wedding weekend itinerary may include things like information about what time the guests should arrive to the resort or cruise ship, details about the rehearsal dinner, and any excursions you may have planned for your guests such as tours, activities like snorkeling or wine tasting, and the phone number they can reach for questions about their accommodations.
5. Guest Attire Card
Though the attire card is used less frequently, it has been a common wedding invitation enclosure in the past. This card will include details on what kind of attire your guests are encouraged to wear (such as black tie, cocktail, etc.). The attire card can also come in handy for cultural ceremonies that require certain types of dress that your guests may or may not be familiar with.