The invitation is the pièce de résistance of the stationery suite. Guests will carry it along to the wedding and use it as a guide for where to go and when. Send the invitation 8-10 weeks before your wedding. If you're having a destination wedding, send it 12 weeks in advance.
Key information to have:
. Bride & Grooms full names
. The day of the week the ceremony occurs, as well as the date, time, and address
. Time & address of your reception if different
OPTIONAL WEDDING INVITATION INSERT CARDS
A reply card is the card guests use to RSVP to your wedding.
. RSVPs can be sent via a printed card or electronically. If you choose to use a printed reply card, include it with a self-addressed, stamped envelope with the invitation.
. If you ask guests to RSVP electronically via a website or e-mail, provide the site/e-mail address on the invitation or on an information card.
DIRECTIONS / INFO CARD
A card that offers directions as well as travel and accommodations information.
. Include the addresses for ceremony and reception venues, directions to these venues and any pertinent accommodations and transportation details. You can also include a map that marks nearby hotels, the ceremony and reception venues and any other event locations.
. Include a schedule of events if you are having a welcome dinner, send-off brunch, or other weekend activities
. You can also include information about attire, childcare and/or whether children are invited, and guest registry
EVENTS OR ITINERARY CARD
If you're throwing a destination wedding or weekend-long celebration, consider an events card. It can detail planned activities, such as golfing or an afternoon tea, so that guests can pack accordingly. Events cards can be combined with response cards to save expense, with boxes guests can check off for activities they'd like to attend.
Not every wedding will require this piece, but it's smart for destination weddings and if you're expecting lots of out-of-town guests. It's enclosed with save the date cards to assist your guests with booking travel and lodging.
What you may include:
. Hotels near the ceremony and reception sites
. Airfare, transportation information and/or timetables
. Maps of the area