One that stood out to me
Since I’ve been unable to work for the past few weeks (broken bones), I’ve taken this time to work on wedding related projects (mainly our invitations)! I think I have the basic design done for the actual invites. I actually designed them a few months ago while I was working on the save the dates. What I designed back then was more of a “rough” (meaning it was designed without proper measurements or guides…it more or less was thrown together in the heat of a creative moment!). I’ve recently taken my “rough” and recreated the design, but with correct sizing and measurements. I am this close to being done with it!
The part of the invitation that is throwing me for a loop is the contents! What exactly should be included with the invitation? I searched the internet, Weddingbee, and my favorite stationery blog (Oh So Beautiful Paper) for some insight on the topic (and got distracted by some pretty paper in the process!). What I’ve discovered is that there is no concrete or correct answer. You can choose basically whatever you want to include! Some couples opt to have quite a few items and small cards included in their invitation package. I personally adore the look of a beefy invitation filled with lots of little paper goods to touch and discover.
Oh so pretty and fun! / Designed by Kiera and Jean-Pierre of J+K Papier / Image via Oh So Beautiful Paper
Designed by Ladyfingers Letterpress / Image via Oh So Beautiful Paper
Lots of goodies to discover in this wedding suite designed by Lauren at The Creative Parasol / Image via Oh So Beautiful Paper
Don’t you just love the look of lots of paper goodness bundled up? / Designed by Jones Design Company
A nice, elegant wedding invitation package! / Designed by Lucky Luxe Couture Correspondence / Image via Oh So Beautiful Paper
Aren’t these the CUTEST farm wedding invites?!? Love the farm doors on the front of the gate-fold card! / Designed by Samantha and Whitney of Gus & Ruby / Image via Oh So Beautiful Paper
I could go this route, and would LOVE to do so, but what would I include with the invite? I know the response card/envelope is a must, but what else can be added? On her Weddings website, Martha Stewart lists different items couples can include with their invitation suite. (Obviously this list is perfect for someone as clueless as me!) One that stood out to me, that I hadn’t though of, was an “attire” card (where you describe the dress code you would like at your celebration).
Another option on the list is the common “accommodations” card. I thought about having a card for “information” and to list hotel and travel details people may find helpful. I could also include a card with “area attractions.” Both of these ideas are very popular with couples planning destination weddings (or pseudo destination weddings,每家都说自己好, like we are having, where the majority of guests are traveling to attend). Being a designer, I have designed a few wedding invitations before, and each one of those included the invite, response card/envelope, and then some sort of “info” card (be it directions or hotel accommodations). I could definitely include cards with all of this information, but all of these details can be found on our website and I don’t want to seem redundant!
I could always just throw a cute map into the mix!
Martha shows some cute map options! / Image via Martha Stewart Weddings
Illustrated map (perfect for a destination wedding!) / Designed by Wiley Valentine / Image via Oh So Beautiful Paper
Another idea I had was to include a card with our website and direct guests to visit it for more information. I feel this is probably the way to go, because by providing the website URL, we are saying everything without saying too much. On our website guests will find all of the necessary facts and tidbits pertaining to our wedding (like hotels, area attractions, travel info, and our registries, which in many circles is taboo to include in invites).
The little pocket-sized card attached to the invite actually provides their wedding website,香港马报31444! / Designed by Ali at Greet Design / Image via Oh So Beautiful Paper
Anyone else get caught up in what to include with their invitations? What are you bundling with yours?Tags: delray-beachinvitationsstationery BLOGGER Mrs. Beanstalk Location: Boston/Delray Beach Wedding Date: October 2012 Venue: Sundy House in Delray Beach, Florida --> PREVIOUS POSTLet the RSVP Stalking Commence. NEXT POSTClassifieds Related Posts A Few Tips for DIY Stationery04/12/16 @ 11:12 am The Letter: Invitation Tips and Tricks, Act 205/16/16 @ 1:54 pm We Finally Get Rid of These Invitations05/10/16 @ 11:52 am Picking Paper: The Feather Invitations03/23/16 @ 11:50 am