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What Every Wedding Invitation Needs to Include

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Emily Ziegler • June 11, 2024

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When it comes to planning your wedding, one of the most crucial aspects is the wedding invitation. This small but significant piece of stationery sets the tone for your entire celebration. At Heather Paperie, we understand that wedding invitations can be overwhelming, so we’re here to showcase exactly what needs to be included, from the essential details to the finer touches. In this guide, we’ll break down everything you need to know about wedding invitations to ensure that your guests have all the information they need to celebrate your special day.

The Essential Elements of a Wedding Invitation

Your wedding invitation is more than just a card—it’s a statement of your style and a source of important information for your guests. Here’s what every wedding invitation should include:

1. Your Names

Start with the basics: the names of the couple getting married. Traditionally, the bride’s name comes first, but modern invitations often place the names in the order that sounds best. Make sure your names are clear and prominent on your invitation.

Custom timeless wedding invitation featuring gold font and prominently displaying name of bride and groom
The names of the couple are prominently featured on the invitation.

2. Wedding Date

The wedding date is a vital piece of information. To maintain a formal and timeless feel, write it out in full (e.g., “Saturday, the twenty-third of July, two thousand twenty-four”).

3. Wedding Location

Make sure to include the location of your wedding. You can include more information, like the venue or location’s address, on other cards in your invitation suite. If your wedding and reception are at two different locations, you can indicate this on your invitation. Additional reception details can be included on the details card in your invitation suite. 

4. Wedding Time

Clearly state the time your ceremony will begin. If you’re having a reception afterward, you can either include the start time of the reception or note that it will follow the ceremony.

Custom timeless gold letterpress wedding invitation suite that includes navy blue envelope, along with corresponding RSVP and Details card.
A wedding invitation suite usually includes additional pieces such as a details and RSVP card.

Additional Pieces to Include in Your Wedding Suite

A well-crafted wedding invitation suite often includes more than just the invitation. Here are some additional pieces you might consider adding:

1. Details Card

A details card is an excellent way to provide your guests with additional information without overcrowding your main invitation. This card can include:

Wedding Website: Direct guests to your wedding website for further details, such as travel accommodations, dress code, and your registry. 

Additional Wedding Weekend Events: If you’re hosting events throughout the weekend, such as a welcome dinner or post-wedding brunch, list those here.

Directions and Transportation: Help out-of-town guests navigate by providing directions and transportation options to your venues.

Accommodation Information: For guests traveling from out of town, providing accommodation details is a considerate touch. Include hotel options, room block information, and any discounts or special instructions.

Custom wedding invitation details card featuring important guest information such as accommodations, welcome party, and wedding website.
A wedding invitation details cards should include important information for your guests.

2. Reception Card

If your reception is at a different location than your ceremony, or if you want to highlight specific details about the reception, include a separate card. This card can include the start time and any special instructions or information about the venue.

3. RSVP Card and Envelope

While many couples now use wedding websites for RSVPs, a traditional RSVP card and envelope can add a formal and timeless touch to your suite. This card should include a space for guests to write their names, whether they’ll be attending, meal selections, and dietary restrictions.

Make sure to include RSVP information so you can get an accurate headcount. Specify how you want guests to respond (e.g., by mail, on your wedding website) and include a deadline for RSVPs, typically four to six weeks before the wedding, but times may vary based on your specific needs and requirements from the venue.

4. Envelope Liners and Wax Seals

While not essential, envelope liners and wax seals add a luxurious and personalized touch to your wedding invitations. These details can reflect your wedding theme and make your invitation suite stand out. Envelope liners and wax seals are design details that can greatly enhance your overall wedding brand.

Wax seals in a variety of colors that can be used to add a touch of timeless elegance to your wedding invitation suite.
Wax seals can add a touch of timeless elegance to your wedding invitation suite.

Wondering when to mail your wedding stationery? We’ve created a handy Wedding Invitation Timeline!

Crafting the perfect wedding invitation suite is a blend of art and attention to detail. By including all the essential elements and adding personalized touches, you can create invitations that not only inform but also delight your guests. At Heather Paperie, we are dedicated to making this process as seamless and enjoyable as possible. We’re here to help. Reach out to us today to start creating wedding invitations that truly capture the essence of your special day and your unique love story.

Your wedding invitation is the first glimpse your guests will have of your celebration. Make sure it leaves a lasting impression by including all the necessary details and adding personal touches that reflect your style and story. Let Heather and I (Emily) guide you through every step of the way to ensure your wedding invitations are nothing short of perfect. Contact us to get started on your beautiful, customized wedding suite.

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