Invitation: The Event Essentials | Photo: Love My Life Photography
We’ve all seen the gorgeous invitation suite shots that photographers take on the day of the wedding. The stationery and neat calligraphy collide together to create a seamless theme for your wedding. However, there are a lot of separate pieces contained within an invitation suite. Below we’ve listed the main components and their purposes, so that you can be sure to tailor your suite to your specific needs:
Invitation: This is the traditional invitation that states the main details of the event: where it is, when it is, and who is hosting it. Any other additional information such as attire or website information may be included in the bottom right corner, if there is space.
Inner Envelope: Is slipped into the outer envelope unsealed and contains the formal invitation. This acts as another protectant for the invite, and also specifies who is invited to the wedding. On the front of the envelope, write out every invited guest’s full name so there is no confusion as to who is and isn’t welcome at the wedding.
Save the Date: This is a smaller card that may be less formal than the invite but still contains the major information. This can be placed on someone’s calendar, fridge, or other space to help remind them of the big day.
Reception Card: If your reception will be held at another location off-site of where you ceremony will be, then it is important to include a reception card. This enclosure should include all pertinent information about the reception time and location. Additionally, it should state whether or not the dinner will be plated or buffet-style.
Invitation: Freed Hands | Photo: Rachel Solomon Photography
Response Card: This is the formal RSVP card from your guests. Guests may indicate how many people and who will be attending. In case a guest forgets to write his or her name (or the writing is illegible), number the guest list and lightly mark in pencil the corresponding number on the back of each response card. They should be in a post card format or come with an envelope already be addressed to you and include a stamp.
Map/Directions: Do not leave guests to their own (mobile) devices! Be sure to include an enclosure that clearly states directions or has a map detailing the path from the accommodations to the ceremony, and from the ceremony to the reception if applicable.
Invitation: Elena Watanabe | Photo: Rachel Solomon Photography
Accommodations Card: Includes information regarding hotel information that is necessary for your out-of-town guests. It’s important to cater to your guests’ varying price points and include both a higher-end budget location and a lower-end budget location. You can also add in fun local activities to keep your guests entertained and help them explore the area.
Attire/Website Card: Use this card if you don’t have enough room to add additional information on your formal invitation. If your dress code is going to be very specific, then spell it out for guests on an attire card. If you are going to have a wedding website, consider printing this information on a separate website card.
Invitation: Studio BDR | Photo: Rachel Solomon Photography