When you first start out, you might think that wedding invitations are just printed cards in envelopes. That isn’t so! Although there are certain places you can skimp if you want to keep costs down, you may find that you need all of the following ingredients to make your wedding invitations complete. Like the most basic recipes, the specifics of each ingredient can be left up to you (color, shape, text, etc.), but as with most dishes, you’ll want to add a little spice. Don’t be afraid to take this easy recipe and make it your own with fun colors or accessories!
Outer envelope: This contains all the ingredients within your wedding invitations, often referred to as enclosures. Each envelope is formally addressed to each guest, so don’t forget to address by title and full name, including the Mr. and Mrs. And keep that penmanship neat!
Inner envelope: This is the envelope that actually contains the invitation. The tradition of inner and outer envelopes dates back to Victorian times, when mail was delivered by hand â€“ having two envelopes meant the wedding invitations inside could remain pristine for unsullied presentation.
Wedding invitation: In all the fuss, let’s not forget the wedding invitations themselves! From single panel to gate folio pocket fold, your options are many and varied.
Response card: Make it as easy as possible for your guests to get back to you with a response card. Also known as an RSVP card, these are included with wedding invitations to ensure that your guests are able to indicate their acceptance or regrets. Don’t forget to include a date by which you’d like to receive the response.
Reception card: Is your reception taking place in a different place than the ceremony? Include a reception card with your wedding invitations that lets them know when and where the reception will be held.
Map/Directions: If your wedding is taking place somewhere a bit out of the way, include a map and directions to make it as easy as possible for them to get there. If you’re having a destination wedding, or just several guests from out of town, it helps to locate the hotel of choice on the map as well.
Combine all ingredients together for perfect wedding invitations. Serving (and wedding party) sizes may vary. Be sure to spice your invitations up according to your own tastes!