Wedding Invitations Enclosures
Wedding invitations can be as simple as a simple sheet of cardstock with the basic information printed on them. They can also be much more elaborate, containing multiple elements layered for a more interesting layout. Here is a guide to the various enclosure options you may want to include in your invitation:
The most basic wedding invitation contains the following information: who, where, what, when. The purpose of the invitation is to get your guests to your event and get them there on time. Recent, less traditional trends in wedding invitations allow brides and grooms to send a message about their style, give guests a hint as to what the wedding will be like, and generate excitement.
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Response Cards, otherwise known as RSVP cards, will be a very important part of your planning process. When guests receive your invitation, they use the response card to indicate whether they can attend the event, how many guests they will be bringing, and (if applicable) their meal preferences. Always include a pre-addressed envelope or postcard and postage with response card. You want to make it as easy as possible for your guests to get back to you as soon as possible. Click here to browse response cards.
Reception cards let your guests know where and when the reception party will be held. If the reception is taking place at the same location as the ceremony, it's not necessary to include a reception card (although you can if you want to). You can include a line on the invitation that reads "Reception immediately following ceremony."
If the reception will be held at a separate location, it's usually appropriate to provide guests with details on a reception card. You'll want to tell your guests where the reception party will be, and what time they should arrive. A good idea is to also include a map or directions to the event.
A simple direction card printed by the same printer of your wedding invitations ensures your guests know where they're going, and completes the cohesive looks of your invitation packet. You can choose to write out turn-by-turn directions from the ceremony site to the reception site, a map, or a combination of the two.
Especially useful for destination weddings, accommodation cards provide your guests with necessary travel, lodging, and local area information. If you are hosting your wedding in a popular vacation spot, you might want to include fun things to do in the area or specific reservation block information. If you are having a hometown wedding, you may choose to send accommodation cards only to the guests who will be traveling to the event. Make sure you include the web address, phone number, and other information your guests will need in order to make their arrangements.