Wondering what to include in a wedding invitation suite? You’re not alone. We’ve compiled a helpful guide outlining exactly what to send with your wedding invitations.
The Four Essentials:
1. Wedding Invitations
The Invite is your star - the main element which determines the entire look. You can either select matching designs to complete your suite or mix and match to make your own style. The possibilities are endless!
2. Mailer Envelope
This is the outermost envelope that holds all the pieces of your suite. It’s a must have in order to safely mail your invitations.
3. Reply Card
The most formal way of gathering your guest headcount and any other event preferences (meal choices, for example). Traditionally, these are paired with a coordinating envelope and request for reply one month before the event date. In countries without a strong mail system, RSVP cards may be used for requesting replies via email in lieu of mailing them back to the host.
4. Reply Envelope
Etiquette dictates that you include a coordinating reply envelope pre-addressed to the host so guests can easily mail back their responses. Traditionally, the envelopes have postage stamps applied by the host from the country of origin. International guests are traditionally responsible for their own postage. Envelopes are not required if you are capturing replies via email.
Nice To Haves:
1. Inner Envelopes
Back in the olden days, inner envelopes were used as a way to keep the mail clean. Typically, the horseman would discard the soiled outer envelope before delivering to guests. Nowadays, the inner envelopes are used as a nod to this tradition and not necessarily required. Many modern day mindsets forgo the double envelope approach for environmental reasons.
2. Envelope Liners
Whether you prefer a pretty paper or a graphic statement, envelope liners are a great way to make a luxurious impression. Ceci Tip: Pair a bold graphic envelope liner with a classic invitation for an update on the traditional look.
3. Custom Stamps
Yes, it’s true! You can have USPS postage stamps that match your Ceci designs. Select from our many styles and your Ceci Stylist will assist you with weighing your invitations so you know the correct denomination to order.
4. Reception Card
Modern day etiquette allows you to put both your ceremony and reception information together on the main invitation card. However, if you’re more of a traditionalist, a separate reception card is typically preferred.
5. Information Card
Typically this card is for any additional information your guests may need. For example, it can be used for a schedule of events, accommodations, travel details, website url, attire recommendations, etc. If you require an information card, please request one with your Ceci Stylist.
6. Brunch Card
If you’re having a brunch, consider sending this card with your main invitation. Not only does it give your guests a complete idea of the weekend plans, but it saves you money on additional postage, calligraphy and mailing! One less thing to worry about.