Probably the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the phrase “wedding invitation” is a pretty card with a floral pattern and tasteful calligraphy inviting your guests to your special day. But it’s only the first in a suite of wedding invitations that includes that gorgeous card. A complete suite includes several wedding invitation parts that work together to make sure your guests are informed and prepared to celebrate your special day with you.
In order to help you decide which pieces to choose and send to your guests, as well as how to put them together, we’ll walk you through the most important wedding invitation suite components.
6 Components Of the Wedding Invitation Suite
The suite’s focal point is the wedding invitation. This card announces who is getting married along with essential information about the event, such as the date, time, and location.
You won’t have to worry about fitting all the wedding details on the invitation because there will be multiple components to the invitation. Instead, keep it straightforward and concentrate on your wedding announcement and important details. Additionally, you’ll have plenty of space to style the invitation with flowing fonts and substantial letterpress text.
CARDS FOR REPLY or RSVP
Guests will let you know if they’re coming by filling out response cards. Getting a head count is essential for planning the catering and the seating arrangement.
Provide a space on your response card for guests to indicate who will be attending, whether they will be bringing a guest and any special dietary needs. If you’re serving plated meals, you can give guests a variety of options so they can select the delicious chicken or savory fish as their entree.
Give a pre-addressed, stamped envelope along with the card to make responding easier. Additionally, there is a higher likelihood that your guests will respond if RSVPs are easy to complete.
You can include a few details to your wedding invitation that would have cluttered the main invitation but are still crucial for guests to know by including small enclosures.
Here are some examples of possible content for tiny wedding invitation inserts:
- time and place of the reception.
- information on wedding websites.
- Information about wedding activities.
Each item is placed in its own enclosure. You can include more information on your wedding website than what will fit on enclosures, such as your wedding registry.
There are times when a small enclosure is insufficient, particularly if you are having a destination wedding or many out-of-town guests. When that happens, a sizable enclosure should be used.
Large enclosures are used in the following situations:
- Weekend wedding activities.
- For guests traveling from outside the area or for destination weddings, lodging information.
- info on parking and directions.
Wrappers For Invitations
Invitation wrappers bind an invitation’s components for a classy presentation, much like a bow on a gift. The wrappers that hold all the enclosures in place are more conventional belly bands.
Envelopes, Both Inside And Outside
It goes without saying that the envelope is a component of the invitation suite as well, but it is important to note that it has benefits in addition to simply holding the invitation suite together.
You should select a robust envelope that safeguards the sensitive information inside and minimizes creases or bends during transit. In addition, you can select an invitation envelope that matches the invitation’s elegance. The invitation is enclosed in an envelope that invites guests to open it, and it should be as enticing and elegant as your event.
The addresses and names of your guests will be on the front of the envelope. Your address is on the envelope’s back.
Using an envelope liner will help you add an extra touch of elegance. Envelope liners add a splash of color and design when recipients open the invitation while also protecting your invitation suite.
If you choose the conventional route, you will use double envelopes. When using double envelopes, you should place your invitation suit inside the inner envelope to safeguard it and keep it in perfect condition. After that, the outer envelope will be inserted into the inner envelope, which contains the invitation suite.
The inner envelope contains the guests’ full names while the outer envelope only contains the recipient’s and return addresses. An inner envelope makes it clear to your guests who were invited (and prevents uninvited guests from showing up).
Tip to Assemble the Wedding Invitation Suite
When you have all the parts, arrange them in order of size. Each insert is placed delicately on top of the primary invitation at the bottom of the stack:
- hefty inserts.
- The stamped and labeled envelope is in front of the response card.
- miniature inserts.
Finally, put the entire suite inside an inner envelope after placing the parts inside the wrapper. Put the inner envelope inside the large envelope to complete the suite. Weigh the entire suite before adding stamps to make sure you get the right postage.