Post # 1
So I’ve been thinking about what most people do….do you print off cards with the map, hotel, activities, rsvp or are you putting everything on your wedding website–except for the invite? I know only having the invite and RSVP is what most people (aka, my mother and older family) are used to, but if I ask them to go to a wedding website I fear they will forget until it’s too late to reserve a room or never go. Of course I have to consider the family (grandparents) who don’t have internet and they’d need the inserts anyway.
So, after doing your invites, have you found the inserts to be of help or a waste? Is your wedding website a help or a waste?
Post # 3
We did not put details on inserts except for an RSVP-sized card directing people to our website. I know people frequently check our website, so in our case it’s a help. But in our case also, the people most likely not to be internet savvy are either local or family from abroad for whom we are making all of the transportation and lodging arrangements. I personally much prefer having info on the website b/c I’m very liable to lose any insert. But that’s just me. If it’s only a few people that you are concerned about not getting online, you could just contact them directly to make sure they ahve the information.
Also, I think it makes more sense to put maps etc in OOT welcome bags b/c I just don’t see it beingl ikely that people who are travelling from far away are going to bring them in their luggage…again, that describes me and I’m projecting on the world at large 🙂
Post # 4
I think you should do both – or, perhaps have inserts that apply to certain invitees (if you are concerned with a lot of bulk). I don’t think an invite, rsvp and insert with details (map, addresses and website) are overwhelming in the least.
Post # 5
fizicsGirl: HAHA see, I’m the girl who would bring her map because I’m just like that. I keep everything on my fridge for stuff like this and it alqays makes the trip somehow. I get your point though and it’s a very good one–will be noted to include in the OOT bags I really hope to have!!
oracle: I’m not worried about bulk and overwhelming them with information, I’m worried that I’ll put all that time into laying out the material on my progam, printing them, paying for the extra inserts and then people just tossing them or something. I have lots of time, but this is just a thought 🙂 THank you!
Post # 6
- Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House
We used a reception card insert — because it’s sorta complicated with cocktail hour in a different location from dinner and dancing — but then at the bottom of this piece, directed everyone to our wedding blog for more info!
Post # 7
My theory was to put the absolute necessities on the insert and then say go to the website for more info, specifically:
"The favor of a reply is kindly requested by August 19th.
The Wine Country Inn will be reserving a block of rooms at a discounted rate for the [Name]/[Name] wedding until August 12th.
[Hotel Website] [Hotel Phone Number]
A shuttle to and from the Wine Country Inn will be available as parking on the farm is very limited.
To RSVP and for more information on parking and lodging please visit our website at
Or call [My phone number]"
They haven’t gone out yet, so no promises that it’s the right way to go, but I’m feeling positive about it so far.
Post # 8
A website chock full of information about getting to the wedding…
…and OOT gift bags with lots of fun things to do while they’re there–including of course a map to the wedding!
Post # 9
I really only included what was essential and what I thought would play up the invitation for me. I used pocketfolds so I kind of had to fill some of it up with inserts so the invite would not look awkward. If you are just using a panel card for your invite and seperate panel card for the RSVP it is probably better to include the additional info on your website.
For ours I added a reception card (as the reception is in a different location and there is a 2.5-3 hour gap between our ceremony/reception), an additional information card (which I added restaurants guests could visit while waiting for the cocktail hour to start), and a map. I probably could have left off the map but it added an extra touch of color to my invites that I would not have otherwise achieved – so I added it.
Post # 10
We have a wedding website and will be including a directions and accomodations insert with the invitation. The website has been helpful but there are a lot of people that do not use the internet still. I have a lot of family members that don’t. I couldn’t really tell you which would be more helpful in my case bc they both have been. I think it all depends on how tachnically savvy your guests are. LOL About half of mine are not.
Post # 11
We put very basic information in the invitation and put the rest on the website. This meant that some guests who hadn’t checked the website asked me for hotel info, but this was really never a big deal. I’d tell them the hotel info and tell them how directions, etc. could be found on the website…aka: hint, hint – visit the website!
I wasn’t concerned about older relatives being able to access the website b/c I knew that my aunts and uncles would be helping them travel to the wedding anyway. I got my family and friends to try and spread the word about the website as much as possible, and that helped.