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It all starts with the invitation, the centerpiece of your wedding stationery. But, what else needs to go in that ever important envelope? Your wedding invitation sets the tone for your wedding and tells the who, what, when, where of the day. It can be very confusing (since you only pick these out once in your life!) to know what parts you need to include in your invitation and why. I’ve broken down, below, what are the essential components of your wedding invitation and some optional items you make want to consider.

The actual wedding invitation. This piece is indispensable, the main component which all of the other  pieces turn. Information to include is: the bride and groom’s names, the date, time, and location at minimum. 

The RSVP card.  In an effort to make responding easier (and to gather a more accurate headcount for seating arrangements and catering), RSVP cards became a popular inclusion to the wedding invitation.

The RSVP envelope (if needed). Some brides choose a postcard style RSVP.   However, whether you choose a postcard or a card/envelope combo, don’t forget to include postage to make your guests’ job of returning it as easy as possible.

The reception card. The reception information should be on a separate card, and list the starting time of the reception and the address of the venue.

Optional items to include with the wedding Invites…could do without, but you probably shouldn’t.

A directions card. If most of your guests are from out-of-town, consider a directions card, which will guide them from the ceremony venue to the reception site. This card is also indispensable for locals if either site is in a difficult to find area of town.

A accommodation card. For guests who are traveling, it is often helpful for them to know which hotels you recommend. If you’ve booked a block of rooms for your guests at a local hotel, be sure to include the hotel code on this card so the guests can get the reduced rate.

Don’t get overwhelmed!  This is a great and comprehensive start to helping you understand the different parts you need to include.

Happy Inviting!

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Marsha VanArk at Distinctly Yours Wedding & Events