Post # 1
So I’m doing our invitations myself – to give you an idea, the backing will be textured deep blue cardstock, A4/regular size, folded in half (C5). The inner pages be printed on a shimmery white card and cut so that some of the blue backing card is visible as a frame.
Here is the front cover:
Here is the inside left page (all the details have been altered for my privacy/your amusement):
For the inside right, I’ll include:
- Some cruise information (start and finish times, any safety issues, etc)
- Suggested activities between ceremony & reception (it’s only a 1.5hr break and as it’s a city location, people can easily get a cab back to their hotel rooms, or, travel ahead to the marina and enjoy a drink or two at one of the restaurants/bars right by the dock)
- Dress code info? Semi formal/cocktail
- Going against the grain and including a small note about our wishing well for those who want to bring a gift – as we will have to fly back home, it probably would be easier not to have to take 5 blenders, a waffle making machine and a fine china tea set back with us on the plane..
Your comments and suggestions are welcome – and if you think I’m missing anything, please let me know! Cheers 🙂
Post # 3
@ksus07: I would place the invitation on the inside right and use a separate card for the other information.
As you can probably guess, I would not feel comfortable asking for money. Even on occasions when we know people will want to bring a gift, like birthdays or weddings, it is not polite to not only indicate that you expect them, but to tell them what you want. You can use word of mouth for that.
Post # 4
@julies1949: Yeah, neither am I. I definitely feel weird about it. There’s no one else I could really ask except my future mother-in-law, and she was the one who suggested it initially. She’s very level-headed and etiquette savvy, so I’m thinking if she says it’s ok, then it is… Maybe it’s different in Australia (here’s hoping you’re not Australian, haha)!
Would it be weird to have a loose card inside though (i.e. the first thing that recipients see)? Or could I simply include it in the envelope (behind the card)?
Post # 5
@ksus07: Maybe post a query about the planned reference to the wishing well on the Australia Board.It wouldn’t be the first time a FMIL was wrong about something.
I wouldn’t put a separate card behind the invitation. Your guests may remove the invitation from the envelope and not even notice the separate card. In the old days, I think they used to wrap inserts in tissue paper so people would read the invitation first.
Post # 6
@ksus07: I like how they turned out.
The only thing i am not a big fan about is the knot-image;
to me this image doesn’t really go with the other images (heart, anchor, steering wheel…) because they are a lot more playfull / less detailed (than the knot);
i’d either look for a different knot image or just lose it.
Personally I am not opposed to have the wishing well info included.
Where I live this is pretty common. I’d rather know that the couple prefers money over the blender, so I’d happily give money.
Post # 7
@Kili: Yes, I was aware of that when I was designing it and it kinda bugged me. I wasn’t able to find anything in the same simple style as the other graphics… I think they’ll be staying as they are unless I can find anything better. Thanks for picking that up 🙂
Post # 8
I’m with @Kili: on both questions. I you can find another knot, that would be the cherry on the icing. And in Germany it’s super common nowadays for the people to ask for money. Folks usually have been living together so there’s really not much they need for the house. It’s usually included as a nice rhyme and will go sth like “yoyr attendance is enough for us to be happy but if you’d like to give a gift, a contribution so that we can have a nice honeymoon would be dearly appreciated”.