With so many different planning aspects to think of when it comes to a wedding, the stationery is just one piece of the puzzle. However, if you’re unfamiliar with the etiquette of wedding invitations, this part of wedding planning can feel overwhelming. To cut down on confusion and to make wedding stationery fun and exciting, here’s a guide to the different aspects of an invitation suite to help you decide what to include in yours.
Wedding Invitation Must-Haves
Let’s start with the must-have items to include in your wedding invitation suite to gain an understanding of what each envelope should contain.
The Invitation Itself
Obviously, the most important part of your invitation is the invite card itself! This part of your stationery suite is the “main event” and should include some key information. This will explain who’s getting married, where the event will take place, and the date and time of the event.
Another important aspect of the invitation card revolves around who may be hosting or funding the event. While there are many different ways to word invitations depending on familial situations nowadays, common wording includes stating that the parents of the bride invite guests to witness the marriage of the bride to the groom, optionally adding the names of the parents of the groom under the groom’s name. Another common way of wording the start of an invitation is to state that “together with their families” the bride and groom invite guests to their celebration.
If your ceremony and reception are in different locations, a reception card is a must. This element explains the time and place of the party. Adding the time of the reception is crucial, as sometimes there is a gap between the ceremony and reception to accommodate the needs of the venue or allow time for wedding party photos.
Although rules have changed surrounding response cards as of late thanks to technology, in some capacity this is still an invitation suite necessity. If you are having guests reply with a paper response card (the old fashioned way), then this should include a line for the guests’ name and their option to check whether they’re attending or declining. Also include a chance for them to choose their meal, if applicable for your event. Some couples opt to add another element of “fun” to their response cards, asking guests to note a song they’d love to hear on the dancefloor or something of that sort. Every response card should have a “respond by” date for guests to adhere to. If you’re going the electronic RSVP route for your wedding, include a response card with a deadline that directs guests to your website.
Of course, your invitations will need to be in an envelope and should be formally addressed to “Mr. & Mrs.” adding the verbiage, “Mr. & Mrs. & Family” if children are invited. Be sure to use correct titles and suffixes, such as “Dr.” or “Jr.” It’s typical to add the return address on the back flap of the outer envelope.
Optional Invite Add-Ons
There are many other aspects to an invitation suite that you may decide to add on if you want your invitations to be more luxe.
Especially if you’re having an out-of-town wedding, you may want to include a details card with your invitation suite so that guests know where to book hotels, what airport to fly into, or directions to your venue. This is a useful way for guests to be informed about your big day and to minimize questions.
Wedding Site Card
If you opt not to do a full details card for your wedding, a more economical option can be to add on a small, business card sized insert noting your wedding website. This allows guests to visit your website and get all the information they may need about your day.
Inner envelopes are an envelope that your invitation goes into, inside of the larger envelope where the suite is addressed. This envelope would typically be addressed to the recipients, listing out each name in a more casual manner.
Envelope liners are a fun touch and a great way to add color, design, and texture to your invitation suite. These are completely optional and if you decide to add them, they should be inside the outer envelope.
The last element of invitations that’s optional—yet a beautiful touch—are belly bands. These go around the invitation as a nice way to package them up. They can either be in a pattern or a solid color and they can even have a monogram, date, or the name of the couple on them.
Designing your wedding invitations should be an exciting and fun process. Take the guesswork out of it and find the right elements to match the needs of your suite and picking yours will be a breeze!