I love receiving wedding invitations in the mail. In fact, I love receiving all things in the mail from folks I know. I think there is something so enchanting about the nearly lost art of correspondence, and I really wish letter writing would come back in style. Ironic, coming from a blogger, I know, but receiving a card in the mail is way more fun than an email. I think it probably has something to do with nostalgia and the extra effort it takes to lick the envelope shut...plus our postman is really adorable and friendly!
Anyhoo, we are nearing that time in our engagement when my fiance and I are starting to think about how our wedding invitations will look. We are working with a local artist to create our stationery look, and she asked me the other day what specific parts of the invitation I wanted to include. I wasn't sure what my options were, so I did a little research. Check out this list of wedding invitation options provided by StationeryStyle.com:
Outer envelope—This envelope is formally addressed to the recipient and holds all the enclosures.
Inner envelope—This holds the invitation, keeping it in good conditions during mailing. It is normally addressed with the first names of the invitation recipients only.
Reception card—This card includes information about where and when a reception will be held.
Response or Reply Card—This card is encased in a self-addressed, stamped envelope to allow the recipient to easily RSVP to the invitation. In recent years you may find the card itself is addressed and stamped for mailing, but it is always preferable to provide an envelope for the card.
Within the Ribbon Card—This card lets a recipient know that he or she has been honored with special seating at the ceremony. A long ribbon or sash will reserve several front rows of seating at the ceremony for these guests.
Place Card—This card is used if you choose to have assigned seating at your reception. The cards are personalized, usually by hand or calligraphy, and set on the table at each guest’s assigned place. They are not mailed.
Table Card—Also referred to as an escort card, a table card lets each guest know which table they are assigned to. It is less specific than a place card. They are enclosed with the wedding invitation, but they are encased in a separate envelope.
Menu Card—A menu card lets guests know that will be served at the reception. This card may offer recipients a chose between two or more entrees. If so, they should be placed in a self-addressed, stamped envelope to make it easy for guests to reply.
Map—This optional card is included to give recipients clear directions to the ceremony and/or reception.
You will have to decide with your significant other which elements you need to include, would like to include, and don't mind excluding. There may be even more elements that can be part of a wedding invitation that aren't even on this list! What will you include/exclude??