Other invitation enclosures you might want to consider
In addition to your wedding invitation and RSVP card, there are many other enclosures you might want to consider adding to your invitation suite. For each of our suites, we offer a small and medium sized enclosure card, each of which may be re-used as many times as needed with different information. The additional information provided on enclosure cards can make things easier for your guests, and can be a unique way to show your personality and let guests know what to expect on your wedding day. Have you considered including:
Direction cards: Written-out directions to your ceremony venue, and/or from your ceremony to reception. A thoughtful touch that lets your guests know where they'll be going, how long it will take, and that they don't have to fumble with their GPS if they don't want to. It also might be necessary if your locations don't have good reception or are hard to find. Direction cards are especially useful for out of town guests, or people who do not use smart phones.
Maps: Illustrated maps are a really fun way to both let your guests know where they're going and have a fun keepsake. We are hoping to include map designs to go with all our wedding suites soon; until then, you can request one via www.meganlkelso.com.
Accommodation cards: These list the names and phone numbers of local hotels where out-of-town guests may stay, either just as suggestions or as places you have booked or reserved for them. It is usually free to reserve hotel room blocks for a wedding, and you may be able to negotiate a discounted rate for your guests. If you will be covering guests' stay at the hotel, the accommodation card should say something to that effect.
With-the-ribbon cards: These fun cards are not used all that often anymore, but I think they deserve a revival. These small cards are mailed to special guests who are to be seated in the front seats at your ceremony. The guests are supposed to present the cards to ushers upon arriving at the wedding ceremony, so the ushers know to seat them up front. These could be very functional for a large wedding where the ushers don't know everyone.
Pew cards: Similar to within-the-ribbon cards, except these cards are sent to all guests, and are only meant for weddings held at a church. These cards have a small blank space where you can fill in the guest's assigned pew number. Guests present their pew card to the ushers when arriving at the church. Sometimes pew cards are sent in a second mailing, to only those guests who have RSVP'd yes.
Admission cards: Basically a ticket to your wedding, which must be presented to gain admission to the ceremony or reception. These are often used by celebrities, or when a wedding is in a busy, high-profile location and you are worried about wedding crashers. They could also be fun for a theatre, circus, or cinema themed wedding.
Transportation card: Let your guests know what kind of transportation options are available to and from your ceremony and reception locations, and imply that the transportation is covered, if it is. They're very useful as your guests plan ahead and think about how they will get from place to place. If you want, you can include the mode of transportation: "A trolley will transport guests to the reception location." This information could also be included on an Accommodations card.
Website card: Many couples today have a wedding website, where they can list additional information, share pictures, and more. If you want to include your web address in your invitation suite, the most elegant way to do that is to list it on a separate, small enclosure.
Wedding weekend timeline: For extensive weddings that span a number of events over the weekend, a master schedule can be extremely helpful for guests. These can be quite elaborate, brochure-like pieces. Contact us for a custom quote and design options.
At-Home cards: Another quaint tradition that has fallen by the wayside. Traditionally used to announce the couple's new married address, the use of these cards has probably declined because so many couples already live together. However, you can also use the card to let people know when you'll be home from your honeymoon. Also, if you’re moving after getting married, including this card in your suite is a fun way to let friends and family know your new address. These cards may also be used to formally let people know what the bride's name will be after marriage. For example, for a bride keeping her maiden name, an at-home card might read: "Ms. Anna Smith and Mr. John Brown/will be at home/after July second/2543 Oak Avenue/Houston, Texas 7700/644-565-5545”
A photo: A great keepsake, especially appreciated by grandparents.
Details cards: If you want to include any combination of the above information on a single enclosure, you can do so by including an enclosure that simply says "Details" at the top.
Don't be overwhelmed by the number of option available for enclosures: all of these are completely optional. You're just fine having an invitation and RSVP card, and telling people other details as they ask. Also, if you have any of your own ideas for an enclosure card, we would love to work with you to make them come to life!
Post, Peggy. Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette. 5th ed. New York: HarperCollins, 2006. Print.