Wedding Invitation Cards Explained
Save the Dates
Save the dates are customarily mailed out to potential guests anywhere from 6 to 12 months prior to your Wedding. They are used to share all kinds of information ranging from the date of the event, the location, and any other pertinent details (i.e., wedding website). Whether your guests are out-of-towners or if you’re planning to host people at a destination wedding, these reminders are important to help set things in motion!
Like with any formal event, ample amount of notice is important to help ensure that your Wedding is successfully organized. A 6-8 week window or greater (especially with destination weddings) is typical. The Wedding invitation is your opportunity to share details around the ceremony and reception with your guests.
Keeping track of attendance is key. Reply cards help you stay organized by tracking the number of guests to expect on your Wedding day. These cards are good indicators around dinner/meal requests (especially for those with dietary restrictions), can even include song requests, and have also been known to contain information around lodging. With a self-addressed stamped enveloped, these cards can be mailed back to you, or you can opt in for the trendy post-card style. There is also the option to include a web address for requests and RSVPs to take place online.
Reception details, accommodations, maps, directions, website URLs and more are what you can find outlined on the detail cards. Letting guests know about the various goings on on the days leading up to the wedding (especially for destination weddings), brunches or luncheons, or other events remain important when keeping people in the know.
Business card sized stationary may be just the think to alert or direct your guests to wedding websites that contain the plethora of information around your event.
Rehearsal Dinner Invitations/Event Invitations
To keep it all in one place, you may wish to include rehearsal dinner or other event invitation for select guests along with the main Wedding invitation. Whether you send it as one complete package or choose to send them out separately, the choice is entirely yours.
Welcome Notes & Booklets
Making your guests feel at home, especially for those out-of-towners, requires the little added touches: leaving welcome notes at their hotels or bed and breakfasts, thanking them for coming to be part of your event is a wonderful gesture. Including a booklet with maps, a schedule of weeding events, and a myriad of things from places to eat and shop, and sights to see and visit, helps to make your guests feel welcomed and appreciated.
People love nothing more then to be aware of the goings on on the day of the ceremony. Wedding programs are made to include a breakdown of events and ceremony details, names of those in your bridal party, any special readings (like poetry), or even a special note addressed to your guests thanking them for being part of your Wedding day celebrations. This may also be a manner in which to acknowledge those that can’t be with you today, whose presence and memory you’d like to honour.
Guests love nothing more than to keep track of the series of food menu items that will grace their tables throughout your reception. These can be as simple or as intricate as you like, serving as a courtesy or a keepsake for guests.
Place Cards and Escort Cards
Knowing what seat to lay claim to is all about strategically seating guests with place cards or escort cards at your Wedding reception. Place cards can be set at a guests seat, can be appended to a stand, or tented, serving as a natural placeholder for guests attending your event. Escort cards, especially where halls are larger, requiring more strategic organization, help a guest know which table they are to sit at without having to direct them to a specific seat.
What better way to complete your Wedding suite by adding the intricate design of your stationary to the tables where your guests are to sit! Whether flat, tended, or in a stand, your tables can be strategically numbered in the style of your choosing.
When thanking guests for attending your event, favour cards can be appended to gifts (like honey), as labels, or can draw peoples attention to a charitable donation being made in honour of guests in lieu of an actual wedding favour.
Thank You Notes
Equally important as the invitations are the thank you notes. However many you’re thinking of ordering, order more! With the emotions flowing, you’re bound to make a mistake or two, and then there’s those unexpected gifts that come your way from people who weren’t able to attend (or weren’t invited to) your Wedding. Thank you notes can complete your Wedding suite, in the same or complementary design, or can be something totally different.