Post # 1
What did everyone include in their invitations? I am DIY-ng mine and whenever I mention another insert like a map or something my fiance says "do we need that?" and I don’t have an answer besides "yes, I do":)
So far I’m including:
The invitation, Response card, Directions, and an insert on the Rehersal Dinner (for those invited). Do I need a card explaining lodging if it’s so close to the wedding and they should already have that booked?
Basically, what pieces is everyone including? What is just "nice" and not "needed"? What inserts make up a proper invitation?
Post # 3
We also DIYed our invitations and included: ceremony invitation, reception card, response card/envelope, and a short handwritten note to family members to remind them to stick around after the ceremony for pictures.
I really wanted to include a map/direction card, but I simply didn’t have time to make that happen. As a substitute, we included our wedding website address on the reception card. (The website includes a map and directions.) Luckily, most of our guests are internet-friendly, so I don’t think there will be any problems with them finding directions on their own.
Post # 4
in pockets: RSVP and envelope, directions, event card: reception, brunch, and rehearsal dinner, and info card.
I did two event cards, one for people invited to the dinner, one for those not invited.
The info card: Town info, hotel info(even though I sent out a STD with hotel info people are still booking rooms), dress for the wedding, details about the ceremony and reception, shuttle info, and website and email
*Make sure you check that you can fit the all the inserts you want in the invite. I had to use a lighter weight card to fit everything. But I had samples so I knew this before I bought.
If you are interested you can private message me. I can email you my invites to see. I DIYed them.
Post # 5
What you NEED is completely arbitrary. We are only including the invitation itself and the rest of the information will be on our website. If you want the other things that is great, I just didn’t want to stress myself out making them 🙂
Post # 6
Your invites sound perfect! You can included all the extras you want. Including a website (if you have one) is always a great idea for things like dress, directions and hotel info.
Post # 7
You should include those items that will make the wedding day and planning for the wedding day easiest for you and your guests.
For example, if there are very few options for nearby hotels or you have specifics regarding how to get a deal with the hotel you would want to include info. in the invite. If you will be totally bummed if guests don’t know or remember to stick around for pics, then you should include something with your request for them to stick around after the wedding. If your ceremony or reception is in a remote location with lots of twists and turns, then directions would make it easier for guests. But, with things like google maps, etc., it is becoming easier and easier to leave that out of your stationery suite.
Good Luck DIYing! I’m sure they will be beautiful.
Post # 8
That totally makes sense goldenhilldesign: I want to include info that makes everything the easiest for me and my guests. Like for example, we are having a s’mores campfire thing right after the reception so on the invite – under the ceremony info – I’m writting "dinner, dancing, and s’mores to follow". Then at least people will have an idea that something happening without me having to do an after party insert.
I’m doing and OOT bag so I might do the map and extra info in there. It’s literally a campground/campus so everyone’s onsite getting a bag when they get there anyway. My FI had a good point, why have extra inserts to take away from the invitation itself? I’m sticking to: invite, rsvp, welcome dinner invite, directions w/lodging & website info on back. D-U-N done.