I’ve talked a lot about Philadelphia wedding invitations on this blog. We’ve gone over most of their parts at one time or another: here’s a post about envelopes, one about paper, and another one about RSVPs. However, I realized recently that I haven’t yet taken the opportunity to break the whole thing down! This post will explain the four essential components of an invitation suite.
The invitation is the most important part of your invitation suite, obviously. It must include your names, and the ceremony’s time and location. Besides that, you’re free to word it however you want!
If the reception information is not on the invitation itself, most people include a reception card with the location and time of the wedding reception.
When you want your guests to mail back their response to your invitation, or when the RSVP e-mail or website information is not on the invitation itself, use an RSVP card. Include a stamped and addressed envelope for mailed RSVPs and a space for guests to write their name and whether or not they’ll be attending your wedding. You may also include the meal options, requests for dietary restrictions and a request for the number of guests that will be attending.
When the ceremony and reception addresses are not on the invitation, or if you just want to be thorough, you’ll want to include a card with directions to your wedding. You can write the directions from where you know your guests will be traveling, or just make a cute map!
Putting It All Together
If an invitation suite is going to consist of more than three pieces, I typically discourage putting all of the components into an envelope without binding them together in some way. It just looks better, and it prevents the pieces from getting lost on messy desks! Lots of people go with a bellyband, which is a binding made out of paper, but there are lots of other creative options. Ribbons are a popular choice, as are pocketfold invitations. Lots of people opt to combine a pocketfold with a ribbon or bellyband to fasten it shut. You can also tie your invitation up with twine or yarn for a more rustic feel.