First, the most obvious and important part of the wedding suite, the invitation. The invitation is where the … wait for it … inviting happens. The invitation includes things like the host line, your names, and the location, date, and time of the ceremony. Typically, the invitations I create are 5 x 7″ in size (also called A7). The invitation is non-negotiable, you gotta have it. Easy peasy.
In my book, the response card is also pretty standard. I’m a paper person, so I’m allowed to dislike electronic RSVPs – especially for a wedding. The RSVP card is typically 3.5 x 4.875″ in size (also called 4bar). The response card contains instructions for RSVP-ing, such as a line for the guests’ names, whether they’re attending, and sometimes includes meal options as well. It also comes with an envelope which gets sent pre-addressed and pre-stamped.
The enclosure card is where we start to get into the optional items. An enclosure card can be extremely useful, but isn’t strictly necessary. Typically, you need an enclosure card if the following applies to you:
- your ceremony and reception are at different locations,
- you need to list hotel accommodations,
- you need to provide specific driving instructions,
- you have wedding weekend events you’d like to invite specific guests to, or
- you’d like to include a special design element such as a map or venue illustration.
If you’re using a digital printing process, enclosure cards can be double-sided. If your suite will be letterpress printed, then it will be single-sided. Multiple enclosures of different sizes can be used to communicate different information. Typically, enclosure cards are 4.25 x 5.5″ (A2) or 4.5 x 6.25″ (A6), which allows them to layer nicely with the invitation and response cards.
Envelope liners are magical. They take a standard suite and infuse personality and beauty for a relatively low cost. Liners are completely optional, but they are a wonderful place to include some special artwork, a monogram, a pop of color, or a fun pattern.
There are at least two envelopes that must be addressed in every invitation suite – the outer envelope that will have the guests’ addresses, and the response envelope that will be addressed with the return address. I offer digital envelope printing as part of my Diamond Package or as an a-la-carte option. I highly recommend taking advantage of this service. Addressing 100+ envelopes by hand is no easy task, nor is figuring out the proper way to address them. Purchasing my envelope addressing service allows me to guide and instruct you on the proper way to format the addresses as well as print the envelopes for you. I print directly on the envelopes and design the addressing to coordinate with your wedding suite.
I hope this has helped you understand the function of each element in a wedding suite. If you’re unsure of which pieces you need for your invitations, please don’t hesitate to reach out so we can discuss your wedding and determine what will work best for you!
Photos courtesy of Jessica Roberts Photography