June 3, 2023
Being a custom wedding stationer in Phoenix, I love working with engaged couples and teaching them about all things wedding related. Next, I’m going to quickly walk you through what to include in your wedding invitations and what those items look like. So, let’s begin!
The invitation itself, of course! That’s numero uno. Your invite should have your names, date, time and place. Along with something along the lines of “you’re invited to…” This card is the largest within the suite and the one your guests will hold onto after your wedding. So a lot of couples go all out for their invite card with gold foil, letterpress and/or upgraded paper to give their guests extra texture to feel.
Next up, the details card. While not everyone NEEDS the details card its super important to have if you have a lot of important details that your guests need to know up front and can’t wait until they eventually mosey on over to your wedding website.
Important details could be hotel room block deadlines, transportation information, pre/post wedding activities, dress attire, etc. Adding your wedding website is always helpful.
The RSVP card is super essential! If you’re hosting an event you’ll of course need to know how many people are attending. An alternative that is becoming popular is having a QR code on your details card for your guests to scan and then RSVP online- which is very sustainable and economical. However, you may be tracking down more guests who haven’t RSVP’ed because they have forgotten to go onto your website.
Tip! It’s a great idea to have a line on the card that says “we’ve reserved _x_ seats for you” so that your guests understand if they can bring a plus one or not. There are a ton of ways to go about this!
You’ll need one main envelope to fit everything and then a smaller envelope for your RSVP card. Sometimes there is a third “inner envelope” but this is usually to protect envelope liners or fancy velvet envelopes.
Guest addressing and return address on your main/outer envelope. For your reply envelope, the address listed on this is who is ever collecting all of your RSVP’s for you.
Tip! Start collecting your guest addresses early on to reduce the headache of getting responses the week the invites are supposed to ship. Use the same list from your save the dates.
Stamps- Of course you need stamps to send out your invitations. The post office has cute love stamps available along with some other designs or vintage stamps are a nice touch depending on your design. But be aware that typically wedding invitations (once all that paper is in the main envelope) will cost more than an average letter. So it’s a good idea to take a finished set to your post office to have them weigh it and then determine how much it’ll be to send it off.
Tip! Do NOT buy your postage from discounted websites. If the stamps are counterfeit the post office can throw away your mail, not even sending it back to you. Plus it’s a crime.
I’d love to chat with you about how we can create a personalized wedding invitation! Design your wedding invitation in-person with me while we look through samples, colors and materials.
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