One of the first things you'll do when you begin planning your wedding is sending out invitations. But it's hard to know where to even start and what to include. Who even has time to think about this stuff?
Well…I do! After over two years of designing for weddings, I’ve come up with a super basic list of what 4 must-have pieces you need for your wedding invitations to help you get started.
1. Main Invitation
This is probably the most important and largest piece in your suite. The main invitation should include the names of you & your honey and the ceremony information including date, time, and address.
2. RSVP Card
The RSVP is usually smaller in size, but still a very important piece of your invitations. You can do a postcard to save on printing costs and stamps, or you can include a small, stamped envelope for guests to send back.
3. Information Card
Although it may not seem as important as the main invitation or the RSVP, the information card is very important to your guests. This card is where you list any info that guests will need to know for your wedding: accommodations, registries, reception times and locations, wedding website, etc.
It’s easy to forget, but your invitations need a home! You can create a classic look and feel by matching the envelope paper to your invitations. Or make a bold statement with a colored or textured envelope!
*Pro Tip: Find a printer who will print your guests’ addresses directly onto the outside of the envelope in a pretty font – such a time-saver!
4 ½. Bonus Pieces for Your Invitation Set
These aren’t necessities, but they can help add a special touch to your invitations:
- Save The Date – Not required and sent out ahead of your invitation suite. A Save The Date is a courtesy to your guests and gives advanced notice for those who need to make travel arrangements or like to plan ahead.
- Map – This can be added in addition to or on the back of your information card and is a great way to help guests who are not familiar with the area get an idea of where everything will be taking place.
- Rehearsal Dinner Invites – You can create this as a smaller piece and include it for the people you want coming to your Rehearsal Dinner. Just be sure to stuff carefully, you don’t want any unintended guests showing up for a free meal!
- Belly Band – Think of this as a nice little bow that you wrap everything up in to give it the finishing touch. You can get this printed to match your invitation suite, or use a different material like twine or fabric for a fun twist.
In my opinion, there’s nothing better than getting the opportunity to help to make a bride’s (or groom’s) vision for their wedding invitations come together. Designing for weddings can be one of the most fun parts of my job because, ultimately, it’s about making people happy on one of the most special days of their lives.
Did or do you have all these pieces in your wedding invitation set? Are there any other special pieces that you included?