(Closed) Invitations: What do you need?

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Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

All I am doing is an invite and an RSVP card. The RSVP will state

 

 

We have 2 seats reserved in your honor. 

__ of  2  accept with pleasure.

__ decline with regret.

 

This is to take care of the +1 issue or for additional guest confusion since we aren’t inviting kids. 

 

As far as asking if they are coming to the ceremony.. since they are both at the same place (assuming reception is immediatly following) I would assume that everyone (well most everyone) will come to both. I would NOT ask if they will be attending both. 

My invite only states the ceremony start time. and reception immediatly following. (you generally only give information on start time if the reception is at a different place with a time gap between ceremony)

 

I am also including at the bottom of invite 

“For details including directions and accomodations please visit (website)”

^^^ and this is where I have all of the details and start times of ceremony, cocktail hour, reception. 

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: Stonehouse at Stirling Ridge

 

Our Invite has the line to write out the guests name we are inviting and Fiance also put a line under accepts with pleasure for us to fill in the number of guests that are invited.

 

Fo example. We will fill the line to say Mr. and Mrs Smith and write the number 2 next to attending. 

Say we were inviting a family we would write Mr. and Mrs. Smith and children and would write the number 4 in the attending. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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cristinamarie92:  I’m confused by this – what if only the couple comes and their children don’t? How can the guests indicate only 2 out of 4 that were invited will come?

Post # 5
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Busy bee

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cristinamarie92:  Yeah….I’m with PP here-  I think you GUESTS are supposed to fill in the blank, that way if the Smith family of four is invited (You’ll make that clear by including the names of all four individuals or, less formally, by addressing the invite to Mr & Mrs Smith and family), but only mom and one kid can make it, they write “Mrs. Sally Smith and Master Jack Smith” on the line (ommitting the husband and other kid) and put a 2 on the line by “attending”

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

Typically you would do 

Outer envelope

Inner envelope (can be optional but this is a place where you can list each person by name invited)

Invitation 

RSVP Card

RSVP envelope

accomodations and/or directions card  (this could be optional if you can put a website on the info or get the info to them some other way.) 

 

I dont think you can ask people to rsvp for the ceremony and reception seperately. I would assume anyone saying yes are planning to come to both. I had 2 people who only came to the reception (kid who had a sports event earlier that day & his mom). 

If everything is in one location, you can just put the ceremony start time and at the end some variation of “dinner & drinks to follow”.  

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

To make it clear on the RSVP card you can have a line that says 

“___ of _4_ accepts”. The second ___ is where you would hand write the number invited for the party and the first ___ they would fill in who is attending. 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

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futuremrsJR:  I’m going to have to steal your RSVP wording!  Dumb question: I guess the first line where you have the number of seats reserved will be a blank and you’ll hand write the number reserved?

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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SammiCoJo:  I would include an invitation that list time, place, location of the ceremony and reception, a rsvp card, a card for room block accomondations, and a card for directions if you have a lot of out of town guests. If you wanted you could also add a link to your wedding website if you haven’t already sent those out with your save the dates. 

For our rsvp we just left a huge blank line on top of our rsvp for people to put their names. What I should have done was write guest names so guest would put their names. I highly suggest you label your guest’s rsvp cards because I will garanteed you will get many of them back with no names of them. 

Then I wrote I reserve_____seats in your honor. I filled in the number myself. 

Number of adults attending ___ number of kids attending____

Declines with regret____

I would also suggest you add a line for any dietary restrictions as well.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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bonnielass1979:  I stole it from my FSIL! It is genious lol! Yes those are blanks.. here is a draft of mine. 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

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futuremrsJR:  I love how you’re also giving them the option of rsvp on your website.  I haven’t looked too closely at our website RSVP system (we’re using our the knot site that has our custom web address) but how do you get it to take a code to RSVP?  Also, since you’re giving people the choice, are you adding postage to your RSVP envelope?  Thanks!  All of this logistical crap keeps me up at night!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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bonnielass1979:  I actually used wix.com for my website and I used a google form for my rsvp.. and then embedded it on to my website. I am not sure if the knot will allow you to embed or not but you should be able to. 

This website helped alot http://letsdrinkcoffeedarling.blogspot.com/2013/01/create-your-own-online-rsvp-form-using.html

and then the wedding code is just the first question on the form that you make require an exact answer in order to submit the form. (pm me if you need more help with this!)

I am only putting postage on certain people who I know might be a little computer illiterate (my grandma) It will only be a select few.. I am hoping that the majority will rsvp online! Because that google forms sends all the responsed to a spreadsheet! Its kind of awesome lol!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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bonnielass1979:  I actually used wix.com for my website and I used a google form for my rsvp.. and then embedded it on to my website. I am not sure if the knot will allow you to embed or not but you should be able to.

This website helped alot http://letsdrinkcoffeedarling.blogspot.com/2013/01/create-your-own-online-rsvp-form-using.html 

and then the wedding code is just the first question on the form that you make require an exact answer in order to submit the form. (pm me if you need more help with this!)

I am only putting postage on certain people who I know might be a little computer illiterate (my grandma) It will only be a select few.. I am hoping that the majority will rsvp online! Because that google forms sends all the responsed to a spreadsheet! Its kind of awesome lol!

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