Post # 1
Well, I hope some bees can help me out with this. It’s possible that I may have procrastinated sending back my final proof of our invitation to the Stationer, under the incorrect assumption that I had tons of time left.
I underestimated the amount of time it would take for them to print the invitations PLUS the time to send them out to be addressed. However, I’m really stressing now because I totally forgot, during this WHOLE time of sitting around and waiting, that I would need enclosure cards for either directions, accommodation info, website info…
So, I logged on to Wedding Paper Divas yesterday and ordered some samples – they won’t be here for another week, after which it will take a second week to get any type of final product to me.
Wouldn’t be much of a big deal if I hadn’t listed October 1st as the RSVP deadline (ughhh).
So – here are my questions.
1: What exactly do I need in terms of Enclosure Cards? We have a thorough website and the addresses of both the ceremony and reception locations are printed throughout the invitation suite already. I was thinking of having just one enclosure card that reminds guests to go to our website for info about hotels, transportation, menu details, etc….Thoughts? If you think this is a good idea, any suggestions on wording?
2: What is the quickest way to make enclosure cards? Is it better for me to play the waiting game and outsource the enclosure cards to Wedding Paper Divas for $1.04 per card? Or should I figure out some way to do them myself on MS Word? If the latter – how in the heck do I find a template to make them? And where do I get them printed so that they look professionally done?
Ughh…freaking out just a little bit because I didn’t factor in all this lag time as my paper goods are being shuttled through the postal system. If I’m lucky, my invites will be out by September 14, giving guests just over 2 weeks to RSVP. Please also tell me that having only a 2 week window is ok.
Post # 3
I ordered business cards through Vistaprint that said “for directions, accommodations and more, please visit our wedding website:blah blah.com”
They arrived about 3 days after I ordered them, and they look pretty nice!
Post # 4
@KatieBklyn: OOooooh that sounds like a good idea – how much were they?
Post # 5
I went to a paper store and bought cardstock. Then I laid them out in MS Word — I had to set up a new page type for my printer to match the size of the cardstock — and printed them individually. It took awhile to feed them through the printer but I think it worked out ok, and you can work on them while you’re waiting for your invitations.
Post # 6
@Rica2002: October 1st is WAY too early to have your RSVP date. The RSVP date should be 1-2 weeks ahead of time. It should not take you 1 month to track down stragglers. Asking for RSVPs too early will cause you problems of people needing to change their reply, as they did not know their schedule far enough ahead to accomodate your date.
I would re-print the invitations with a later date, which will then not matter with the time it will take your enclosures to get there.
Post # 7
@Rica2002: For something like 150 cards, it was around $15.
Post # 8
I made my own in Adobe Illustrator with this wording:
“For lodging, directions, and other information, please visit site.site.com” I had them printed through Catprint. Similiar price to Vistaprint but waaaay better paper quality and choices. You can order paper samples for free.
You could do the same thing in Microsoft paint or word, just paste in a graphic that was on your invite and use a coordinating font.
Post # 9
@andielovesj: +1. It’s kind of backwards to give guests only a 2 week window to R.s.v.p. when you’ve set the deadline 5 weeks before the event!
Post # 10
2 weeks is pretty short for an rsvp window, but I disagree with the other posters that the date should only be 1-2 weeks out from the actual event. I think it took us a good 2 weeks after our deadline to actually get all the rsvps back, plus a few of our vendors wanted a near-final head count a month in advance.
But I would just do whatever is the quickest for the additional info cards. It would be pretty simple to just set up something in Word and then print them either at home or kinkos/staples/etc.
Post # 11
Thanks for the advice everyone! The invitations came today and will be assembled and sent out by the middle of the week. Wahoo!!! They are soooo gorgeous. My enclosure cards that I ordered online will be here tomorrow.
I should also clarify that I am planning my wedding from out of state, so having a relatively early deadline works out really well.