Post # 1
What is totally necessary for a wedding invitation insert? Our wedding is downtown New Orleans, and everything is about 6 blocks away from each other (ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner, hotels.) Everyone who lives here knows where to go, and everyone from out of town is staying in the hotels reserved. Are map inserts necessary? Also, if you are having a brunch the following morning, is that necessary to insert, or should you send separate emails or separate letters? We are going to have welcome bags for the out of town guests at the hotels, and will include all maps, info about parties, etc.
We already have the invitations, but I don’t want all the inserts to look totally different.
Post # 3
I think it’s always useful (but not necessary as long as the addresses for the venues re on the invite) to include a map with the invitation- or at least written directions. People might think they know where they are going and then get lost!
I put the directions on an insert with the invite, then included them again in the Out of Town bag along with a map (seriously- people are always losing or forgetting directions! You can’t remind them enough).
I DIYed my inserts by buying heavy weight paper in the same color as the invites.
As for the morning after breakfast- if everyone is invited, it might save you some work (and postage) if you included it in the invite. However, lots of Bees used additional wedding events as an excuse to be creative with seperate invites. I think either could work.
Post # 4
It sounds like you may just need a "wedding itinerary" insert card. This way you can tell people what day and time each event is, so people know what to expect for the weekend. Then, people will know to book their flights to leave after the brunch, or arrive before a rehearsal dinner, etc.
A simple schedule can be easily made to match your existing invitation. All you would need to do is try to match the font, color, and paper.
Post # 5
i second the "wedding itinerary"… i went to a wedding in CA and the bride had inserted a card in the invitation with all timelines and scheduled events.. it was SOO helpful to have that 1 sheet with all important info and not a bunch of separate invites… 🙂
Post # 6
I agree with the others that you can probably consolidate many inserts into one wedding itinerary insert that lists the times and locations of all the wedding events for the weekend, including the day-after brunch. If the hotel bags are going to have maps in them, then you don’t need a map insert for your invitation. Or hey, if you have a wedding website, you can provide the itinerary there for people to download and print out and not include it in the invitation at all.
You can invite guests to the brunch as an insert in the invitation, by word of mouth, emails, what have you.
Post # 7
I plan to send out a wedding itinerary later on (not with the invitations) jsut because when the invitations gets sent out, we won’t have all the information for everything else. I think it’s the best idea, whther or not you can include them in the invitations, and a map is always helpful just in case. I’m including maps in the invitations, in the Out of Town bags and at the church with directions to the reception hall! But I think pointing people to a wedding website with more detailed directions is probably a good way to go as well and will save you some time/money.