Arguably we are closing in on a paperless society but for weddings it seems to still be ‘normal’ to send out hard-copy invitations even if the ‘save the date’ notifications are done electronically.
Your invitations are the first taster of your wedding that your guests receive. They will set the tone of the Day and potentially adorn the fireplaces and noticeboards of your friends and family for months.
Below is the list of things that you many choose to include with the invitations when sent.
Most couples include a hard-copy RSVP-card with the invitation but others encourage RSVPs electronically so that they can monitor the completeness of the information returned – the following list is worth checking for each invitation (whether coming for the Day or Evening)
- Does the guest have any dietary constraints?
- Has the invitee been told where to respond to?
- Has the RSVP deadline been specified (once past this date, chasing is entirely legitimate)
- Maps as necessary for the venue/s
- Details of local accommodation/ taxis etc
- Notification that a room has been reserved for the guest at the venue as appropriate
- Details of gift-list or registry
So the suite of stationery that you may wish to discuss with your Stationer will include some or all of the following…
- Save the Date Card (optional)
- Separate Day and Evening Guest Invitations with RSVP date and request for dietary constraints
- Card to include Registry details/transport/hotels
- RSVP cards with dietary constraint ‘box’ (optional)
- Order of Service (optional for civil ceremonies)
- Order of the Day
- Place cards
- Table Plan
- Table Names
- Thank you cards