Post # 1
My fiance and I do NOT want hugely elaborate invitations with multiple envelopes, cards, information packets, etc. It is too expensive and too wasteful fo us. I am not critisizing those who did, it is just one area we are interested in “skimping” on both for environmental and cost reasons 🙂
We would rather have an outer envelope with an inner invitation and little else. We have already set up an RSVP mechanism on our website, so we will not include return RSVP cards/envelopes inside. Most of the information- including lodging, travel info, etc- is on the website.
I am not too worried about not following etiquette, but I do want our invitations to appear classy and tasteful.
Did anyone else not go all out on invitations? Anyone else keep theirs simple? Please post pictures if you would like to share- I would love to get ideas of formats, etc!
Even if you did have an elaborate invitation packet, what are “must-dos” for someone who wants to streamline theirs? What should I make sure I include, and what wording or addressing guidelines do you recommend I follow? What do you think I shouldn’t “skimp” on?
Thank you so much everyone!
Post # 3
I don’t have pics, but I made a chevron invite and put it in a pocketfold with a RSVP post card that I made to match the chevron invite. There is no tissue paper, no inner envelope and the RSVP card says we have reserved ____ seats for you and asks for names attending instead of the M______________. I made them everything I wanted them to be and if someone says something, they don’t have to come 🙂 I’ll try to get a pic up for you….. I couldn’t be happier! My dad & FH like them too!
Post # 4
We’re designing our own on 100% recycled kraft paper. Envelope and the invite, thats it for most of them. Our website will have the RSVPs for most people except the 60+ crowd who may not know computers very well.
Post # 5
Mailing labels- this was something important to me, I used my cricut to cut the shape after I printed them on shipping size, this was a test- the real ones will be addressed to Mr. & Mrs. So and So….
This is the outside of the pocket fold with my DIY belly band- its a little miss cute, but you get the idea…..
This is the inside of the pocketfold with the invite. The pics are a little blurry but you can see the idea and while somethings were traditional, there are a lot of things I just didn’t want. I saved money printing them myself and spent money on the things I wanted, like the pocketfold.
The invites cost $1.85 each. With both stamps, labels, printing, pockets, belly band, and envelopes… everything!
Post # 6
lol i just noticed that my RSVP in the pocket has the M_______, that was an old version, I changed it 🙂
Post # 7
Ours were just simple one-page invitations. We included RSVPs as well, but that was it. Got them off 123print.com. It was less than $100 for 75 invites. I think they also have a recycled paper option for the eco-friendly. 🙂
It came with the one-page invite, the outer envelope, RSVP cards and RSVP envelopes. I’m sure you can order them without the RSVPs. I wasn’t big into DIYing this aspect as I am of the idea that….most of them will get tossed anyway. But that’s just me. I think awesome fancy DIY ones are SO cute, I just never would have spent the energy.
Post # 8
@indiblue: perfect site for you http://www.invitesite.com/ it’s got beautiful, elegant wedding invites using sustainable materials.
Good luck, there’s no need to be traditional just for the sake of it!
Post # 9
@Phofe2774: Great job with these! Where did you get the pockets?
Post # 10
it was also important for us to have simple straightforward invitations. I made our own, and each one came to about $1.45 each or so. the 7 step guide to making our ultra-simple invitations are at http://invites.EricAndCharie.com. and like you, we had a 100% online RSVP system. our website address was the last line in our invitation. and if I have one thing I learned, it is to make sure the website URL is prominent. there were only several lines really in the invite but some guests still missed seeing the URL. several week after receiving their invite, they hadn’t even realized we had a website.
Post # 11
I’m a graphic designer and I haven’t designed my own invitations yet but I designed some for a friend who is getting married next month. They weren’t anything fancy, just a really simple 5×7″ postcard. The front of the invitation had the event details etc. and the back was a photo of the couple. My friend has got a TON of compliments on her invitations. I think a simple invite can be done really well.
Post # 12
My housemate received one only the other day. It is basically a greeting card.
The main invite (who’s wedding/who’s invited/when/where) is on the front with RSVP date
A timeline is on the first page inside, followed by the address, parking info and hotel info
The second page has a small map and directions (by train and car)
The back has an FAQ (gift registry and wedding website etc) followed by the bride and grooms contact details
I think it looks really porfessional. Even if ettiqutte says otherwise.
ETA: it’s quite a modern thing to include an RSVP card. The contact details include a mailing address, email address and phone number so people can choose what’s easiest for them
Post # 13
I totally streamlined it and put all the travel/lodging/activities on the website. I did include an RSVP postcard though, mostly because I really liked them & it was fun getting them in the mail every day leading up to the wedding (I love getting mail!)
Post # 14
We did a vistaprint invite (just the single card), and then I matched the theme of that invite with a vistaprint postcard (for RSVP) and business card (for our wedding website). With cou[ons and deals, that came to about $33 for 100 invites.
I did buy nicer envelopes from paperandmore.com . Those were maybe another $30, including shipping, and I dressed them up with a monogram stamp.
Post # 15
This is what we did – super simple, and all the important information was on the website. RSVPs were requested by email, and we trusted our guests to tell us how many people were coming in each party. If we were confused, we just called them to ask. We only had to follow up with 2 parties, re: whether their children were coming or not. It was totally painless!
Post # 16
Why not do an invite with a detachable, perforated RSVP postcard? That way it is still one piece, but you have an RSVP too. You will have some guests, especially the older ones, who will not want to use the website.