Post # 1
With today’s technology + everyone owning a GPS, I wanted to know the hive’s opinion on the necessity of including a map in our invitations. Our church, reception, + hotel are within walking distance from each other (all in downtown Kalamazoo, MI) and 75% or more of our guests are from Michigan (and most likely have been to Kzoo before). We’re trying to keep things as simple as possible + would really like to create invitations that stay within our budget.
My question is, if we include an insert about the hotel, ceremony + reception locations, but just put the addresses… is it totally necessary to put a map in for our guests. I feel like most of the time I go to weddings, I end up printing out a map myself or using our GPS. I also plan to put in maps in our Out of Town bags but our guests would receive these either the night before our wedding or right before the ceremony (depending on when they arrive.)
Post # 3
I think you are fine not adding a map. Of course, it would be nice, but not necessary.
I think you are smart in putting one in the Out of Town bags. You may also want to print out some directions and have those available at the church. Nothing fancy, just on some pretty paper.
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House
You definitely don’t have to add a map. Do you have a wedding website? If so, just include the URL on one of the invitation pieces, and post map/direction information there!
Post # 5
I don’t think it is necessary in this day in age. I think a lot of people just do it for decoration or if their wedding is in a really remote area. I don’t plan on having one.
Post # 6
I don’t think a map is necessary. Like you said, so many people have a GPS or will look up directions online. We included one in our invitations, but only because my fiance makes maps for his job and he got into it.
Post # 7
We do have a wedding website + there are so many close-knit groups within our guests and I have a feeling people will just follow each other’s lead and figure it all out. I’m counting on the fact that our guests are smart enough to know how to get somewhere without having a map given to them 🙂 We could also print a map on the back of the programs or hand them out at the church so thats a great idea!!! Thank you, ladies!
Post # 8
We didn’t do one and a few people complained to my mom/ But those people are older and don’t have internet access, so were accustomed to receiving directions. We’ll just print some to mail to them.
Post # 9
Dont worry about a map. If you think certain people may need a little extra help getting to the hotel or ceremony just include some written directions. Or you can always designate someone as a direction giver and give out their number. I am thinking about getting a trac phone for the day of. I will set the voicemail up to be directions and give the phone to whoever I think should get to answer it and that way I dont have to deal with it.
Post # 10
Definitely don’t think you need a map. As you said, everyone has their own directional devices now anyway (or google maps!) that it just seems unnecessary. One option though, if you have a wedding website, would be to have a map there or link to google map as an added convenience.
Post # 11
While I’ve seen tons of gorgeous maps online, I have never gotten one in the dozen or so wedding invitations I’ve recieved. Maybe they just haven’t caught on in the Midwest? Regardless, there are so many resources out there, people are perfectly capable of seeking out directions on their own if they really need to. The only time I’ve ever gotten directions in an invite was for a wedding in a really small, out of the way town no one was familiar with.
Post # 12
we didn’t use maps with our invitations – just put a little tag in that directed guests to our website. Our website features a map we did on weddingmapper.com.
i don’t know about you, but i have never gotten much use out of a wedding map. They seem more decorative than useful.
Post # 13
I didnt put amap but I did list directions from east west north and within manhattan