Post # 1
I’ve been scouring the ‘net looking at different ways of doing invites, from totally DIY to professionally done to a combination of both, and I keep coming up with the same question. I know why most brides need RSVP cards, directions, reception info, etc. included in their invites, but if you know that most folks coming to your wedding won’t need those, is it a bad thing to forego including them?
My family and my fiance’s family live a few tiny NC towns away from each other. Most of FI’s family attends the church where we’ll be wed and holding the reception, and it’s one of the bigger churches in the area, so many folks in my family know where it is. I’ve already got our website up and running, and I know there’s at least someone in each family who’s internet savvy, and we’re including every possible piece of info a person could want on the site — and all of our out-of-towners are our age and would rather do things the internet way, anyway.
Also, we both come from super-modest country backgrounds, and it actually makes me a little nervous to think of sending a big fat invite with multiple pieces because I can hear our folks going “they’re spending a ton of money on these, don’t they have other things they need to spend it on?” And that’s true — we’re on a very tight budget for the wedding, and I know that the fewer pieces I have to make/buy, the more we can save for other stuff.
Where does ettiquette stand on this?
Post # 3
You don’t need to include response cards or postage, traditionally. In that case guests should respond on their own notepaper – that is the super-traditional etiquette. However whether that will work or not depends on the wedding! If it is smaller/mostly family I would say go for it!
One thing is that most people have no idea how much invitations cost. I know I had NO idea before planning my own wedding. So don’t worry about them judging you for spending too much 🙂
Post # 4
You cut down on buying multiple pieces you can print all the info needed on the invite: put your names, the venue, and address. That way it’s all on one piece of paper. You don’t need to do directions or a map at all. Then just include a RSVP card and bam. You are done my friend. My friend did all this DIY and it cost her less than $20 for 100 invites and RSVPs with envelopes for both invite and RSVP.
Post # 5
We sent one, thin piece of paper. It had the basic wedding invite info and then a link to our website which had more info and a place to RSVP.
I’m glad that we decided to do that because not only is it better for the environment, but it saved us money on paper and heavy postage.
Post # 6
I am only sending one piece of paper for my invite.. I decided I didnt need an entire suite if mini cards
Post # 7
we are going send an invitation and rsvp card. we support money saving + paper saving…
after all, some/most people will throw them away afterwards, so I don’t bother to do so much… rather save money for other areas.
i suggest that you do whatever you feel comfortable with. there is no fixed rules to send invitations. consider yourself as a creative and modern bride!