(Closed) What is the minimum number of things I need in an invitation?

posted 7 years ago in Paper
  • poll: What is necessary in a wedding invite?
    Basic details page (date, location, ect.) : (21 votes)
    57 %
    RSVP card : (14 votes)
    38 %
    Multiple envelopes with envelope liners : (2 votes)
    5 %
    Something else too (post it) : (0 votes)
  • Post # 4
    1210 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Our friends had people RSVP online and it worked out great! They included RSVP cards also, but most people went online anyway so it wasn’t worth it πŸ™‚

    You really only need basic info (like names, addresses, times, etc.) and then any of the RSVP/website info. I would try to do everything on the front of the invite though (if possible) so that people don’t get confused. From what I’ve heard recently from our friend’s experiences, people who are not currently planning weddings themselves are very special when it comes to wedding invites haha.

    Yay for crafty brides, good luck!

    Oh – we did RSVP postcards, so there weren’t any extra envelopes there. And none of the envelope liners, etc…. didn’t think it was important.

    Post # 5
    5118 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    We’re using the seal and send invites that Mrs.tobe posted. We love that there’s no envelopes involved, and that you can purchase recycled paper versions to reduce waste even more.

    I don’t think that there’s any problem with having an email/phone RSVP as long as it’s made clear to your guests and that you keep good tabs on the responses. That’s the one thing I like about paper return cards, I can physically hold them and know they’re all in one place.

    Post # 7
    5106 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @Butterbee:Generally you’re responsible for the stamp. It’s hard enough getting someone to send it back WITH a stamp on it. You’d probably never get one back if they had to put their own on…LMAO!

    Post # 8
    5118 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    It’s seen as polite/proper to include a stamp, from what I’ve been told. I’d make sure to not purchase those, though, unless you KNOW the price of postage for when you’ll send them out, just in case they raise it and you don’t have to clutter them up with an extra stamp.

    PS…what date is your wedding?! Are we twins? πŸ™‚

    Post # 9
    2701 posts
    Sugar bee

    I think it is a fabulous idea! There are lots of free RSVP websites you could register for and it would simplify your planning as well as save on costs-and the environment. The beauty of simplicity is often over-looked. For the style you’re going for, envelope liners would not be necessary at all IMO. I would have gone that route, however we have a lot of non-technology friendly guests so we had to include RSVPs and envelopes. The only thing that made me feel any better was that all of our stationery made from recycled paper! Yay for hippies haha.

    Post # 10
    1941 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I think you can eliminate extra paper products/postage by doing online RSVPs, just think of your guests and whether or not this would make things difficult for them, whether or not they have computer access or are internet savvy enough. In all honesty, I’m thinking about doing regular snail mail RSVPs for those guests that will need them, and online / phone only for those I know can handle it. Why not?

    Post # 12
    5118 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @Butterbee: Sounds like a good plan! You sound organized enough to pull it off and keep the #s in order.

    And really, from what I’ve seen from some ‘etiquette queens’ on here, RSVP cards are actually rude, since the traditional format was for guests to individually write their own responses back to the invitation. Still, I’m using them since a) we’re not that proper, and b) with my guest list, we NEED to have a “__of__ attending” line, or this thing could explode! Hehe. 

    Post # 13
    4583 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I didn’t really want to do phone or e-mail RSVPs because I’m excited about getting them in the mail. πŸ™‚ But I will have one simple invitation and an RSVP postcard. No inner envelope or cards with additional details. I’m putting our website address directly on the invite so people can get all the extra info.

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