What Your Wedding Invitation Should Include…and What It Shouldn’t

Seems obvious, right? Not so fast. While we are all about aesthetics and lightening the content load to allow for formality, beauty and style to shine through, we do advise functionality, too. Read on to learn know what information to include and what to keep off.

WEDDING INVITATION

Should include:

  • Couple’s names.
  • Date and time.
  • Place, with city and state ( zip codes are not generally included).

 

Doesn’t have to include:

  • Hosts names:  If this is too complicated or you don’t want to offer this information, that’s fine. However, if you’d like to include and can’t figure out how, we’ll show you.

 

Shouldn’t include:

  • Registry information. It’s tacky. That’s it. You’ll see this three more times in this post, that’s how adamantly we believe it.
  • Never, ever ask for gifts of money. Ever.

 

 

RECEPTION CARD

Should include:

  • Time
  • Place, with city and state (zip code is optional)
  • What it includes: cocktail hour? dinner? dancing?
  • Again, ask us, we’ll guide you so that your guests know when and where they should be attending.

 

Shouldn’t include:

  • Registry information. It’s rude.
  • Again, requesting guests bring money is a HUGE no!

 

RESPONSE CARD

Should include:

  • Reply-by date.
  • A line for the guests to write who is responding.
  • Yes and no spaces.
  • A line to asking for any necessary dietary restrictions you should know of, unless your meal includes something for everyone – gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, shell-fish allergic. The list could go on, so the line is really the best option.  But only incorporate this if your food vendor is willing to accommodate special requests.
  • Meal options if offered. And if offered and your caterer needs to know exactly who ordered what:
    • An instruction line as to how to denote whose meal selection is whose
  • Postage—either on the backside if your reply card is a postcard or on the included reply card envelope.

 

Shouldn’t include:

  • Registry information. Just for reinforcement.
  • Any information you want your guests to hold on to, because they’ll be sending it back to you. That means if they’ve sent it back to you, they no longer have access to that information.

 

ENCLOSURE CARD

Should include:

  • Whatever you want your guests to know that doesn’t belong printed on any other pieces in the suite, for example:
    • Hotel information
    • Shuttle and/or parking information
    • Formality information, e.g. that your reception is in a grass field, so beware of wearing stilettos.
    • Next-day brunch or breakfast information if offered.
    • Wedding website – this is the only place this should go.

 

Shouldn’t include:

  • Registry Information – or requests for gifts of money.

 

OUTER ENVELOPE

Should include:

  • Formally printed return address.
  • Proper and formally written or printed guest address.  (apartment, street abbreviations and states should all be written out).
  • Proper postage amount. Please note – different post offices’ scales are calibrated differently. We’ve had one post office weigh something to owe two large stamps, while another says one and another says three. Have it weighed at least two different places to ensure you get the right postage.

 

 

 

 

Custom Wedding Invitation Overview, 2017 Edition!

Eyes are the windows to the soul, the same way wedding invitations are the window the the main event. It’s dramatic, we know.

This right here. This is what we love. Cleveland’s cold, yucky, make-you-stay-inside snowy days. You know why? It means we are starting Bridal Season ’17!

Fresh styles and trends to work with. Enthusiastic, newly engaged clients looking for the best direction and execution in custom designed invitations. And, opportunities to create wedding invitations as delectable as the hors d’oeuvres you’ll be passing around to guests.

So here goes, for you, our sweet reader and soon-to-be-married friend: A 2017 Wedding Invitation Round-Up!

 

Wedding Invitation Etiquette

A few freebie advice tidbits that will take you a long way, and you can apply this information to most of your wedding planning:

Make everything proportional – at least seemingly so. Don’t show up in a Monique Lhuillier and Jimmy Choos and then serve your guests chicken tenders. Don’t invite 400 people and then be too tired to send out personalized thank you notes.

Don’t guess about what is the right way to handle something. Ask a professional.  If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times: your invitations are the first glimpse guests get at your wedding. So one small faux pas will last awhile. Wrongly addressing a house, improperly insinuating who’s paying for the shindig or so rudely putting your registry information in your wedding invitation package. Blue Envelope Boutique has been asked to do it all, but we have always steered our guests down the right path.

Know the weight your invitation carries. Literally, yes – the heavier they are, the more you pay for postage, an expense you don’t want to overlook. But figuratively, too. Guests can garner exactly what to expect out of your wedding, e.g. level of formality, parking directions, etc., from the look and content of your invitation. Blue Envelope Boutique is one of few vendors who asks all the right questions to make sure you provide your guests the best, most accurate information about your big day.

As you can see, we give you all the right things to think about without laying any of the worry on you.

 

2017 Wedding Invitation Trends

This is the fun part! This is where custom wedding invitations truly become yours, and yours alone! You get to take who you are and what you like, mix it with what is new and relevant, and really deliver a special package to your guests in the form of your wedding invitations. So here are the trends we are most looking forward to working with this year:

Moody colors. Rich depth, sexy attitude and luxe intensity. We can’t wait to line a gold envelope with a plum liner or wrap a jade invite with a pewter band.

Foil. Foil. Foil. Add chic gorgeousness to any invite.

Geometrical glory. If anyone loves a modular, superbly fitted design its us. Besides clean and modern, it’s unusual. People love the concept but not the risk of committing to it. Any client who will take a risk on the the perfectly unusual is a friend of ours.