I heart great stationery. Depending on how formal or causal your day may be your wedding stationery sets the tone for your wedding. An invitation makes a statement and introduces your guests into your planning process. There are many parts to a wedding suite, and I wanted to discuss the general pieces:
Save the Date
Save the Date is a notice that states the wedding date for guests to mark on their calendars. It allows out of town guests to plan ahead for flight arrangements and time-off during peak vacation seasons. Ideal time to send a Save the Date is five months to a year in advance of your wedding date. Save the Dates can be a card, magnet, video, or any other creative outlet that you choose.
This is the feature piece of the wedding stationery. It is the largest piece that contains details of the wedding ceremony. For an informal wedding or when the reception is held in the same venue the statement “Reception to follow” is placed on the invitation rather than placed on a separate card.
The Reception card informs the guests the time and place of the reception. A Reception card is typically included if the reception location is a different venue than the ceremony; for a formal wedding this is generally a must. Some couples may choose to have a private ceremony and large reception or vice versa, a reception card is then needed.
Response (RSVP) card & Envelope
The Response card is mailed along with the Wedding Invitation to receive the most accurate account of guests for the reception. Invitees are to send the card back whether or not they are able to attend your wedding day. Response cards can be classic fold, panel cards, or double side postcards. The Response card is accompanied with an addressed, pre-stamped envelope. Response deadline dates: I personally believe the deadline should be no later than two to three weeks from the date your caterer requires the final count. This leaves ample amount of time to connect with guests who have yet to respond, so you aware of your exact guest count.
The Accommodation card is geared towards your out of town guest and is especially helpful for Destination Weddings. The Accommodation card includes detailed travel information such as hotel options, near by airports, rental car agencies, and area attractions. The Accommodation card can also include the wedding website.
The Map/Direction card ensures no one gets lost, or arrives late on your wedding day. This card is printed in the same style as the invites. Have a clear map with clearly written street names printed on the card. Make sure to provide simple directions for guests coming from various directions. Optional: Add parking information if free parking is not easily accessible.
Inner envelope holds the Wedding Invitation & cards; at times the pocket fold is inserted into the inner envelope. A colored liner inside the Inner envelope is a great way to bring your wedding color into your Wedding Invitations.
The Outer envelope is formally addressed to the guest and holds the inner envelope and it’s enclosures. Outer envelopes can be ordered with returned addressed printed on the flap of the envelope. To add a personal touch, consider hiring a calligrapher to address your envelopes.