Post # 1
I have almost finished designing our invitations and I thought I would print them out to see if there was anything I wanted to change and that’s when I realised just how many different inserts/cards there are.
Here are some pics. Please keep in mind these are not quite finished and they will be printed in much better quality, on nicer paper and not quickly cut out with my crappy craft knife.
This is the main invite.
These are the maps (they will have pictures added and directions on the back) on the left is how to get to the town where the ceremony will be held and on the right is the town with directions to the ceremony site.
This is the reception card for guests who are also invited to the ceremony.
This is the invite to the day after BBQ and the wedding website card.
and the RSVP card
And this one is the invite for reception only guests.
So, if you were a guest at my wedding would you find all these cards annoying?
I want our guests to have all the information they could possibly need. I don’t feel like ther is anything I would be able to get rid of but I don’t want to be OTT. I have tried to keep the design very simple with plenty of white space so all the info doesn’t become too confusing.
Not all guests will be getting ALL of these inserts (no point giving guests maps and directions to places they’ve been to a bajillion times).
Also, they are not big invites, all of this fits perfectly into a relatively small regular envelope.
While you’re looking, what do you think of the design?
Post # 3
Great job with your DIY, they look great! I don’t think it’s too much either, all of that info seems important and as a guest I’d rather have too much info than not enough.
Post # 4
HOLY MOLY!!! Those pictures are gi-freaking-normous!!! I thought I had resized them but obviously not, sorry.
Post # 5
@PrincessConsuelaBananaHammock: lol smelly and stinky place
Great job 🙂 but is the ceremony location mentioned on the actual invite or just the direction cards? Is it hdden by the belly band?
Post # 6
Okay, I like them but don’t like them… to me they are confusing. But I would make it through if I recieved one of these!I had to look at them several times to know it’s a whole weekend affair. Reception on Saturday BBQ on Sunday. Of course it would probably make more sense if I had them here in front of me instead of pictures on a computer! LOL
Post # 7
I feel like the wedding website card could go on something else but otherwise it seems fine. I don’t get the band though, is that on the card too and that band is just holding everything together?
Post # 8
They look great but i think there are too many cards. Yes the info is necessary…. ohhh i don’t know. The belly band is what is confusing me the most. Maybe if you placed all of this in a type of fold out wallet with sleeves for the information it would be better and look more organised.
Post # 9
The invites look amazing! Great job! I’m a sucker for insert cards but I’m not being allowed any so I’m rather jealous of yours!
Post # 10
Thanks so much for all your responses so far, it’s great to get and idea of how they seem to people who haven’t been involved in the process and don’t know anything about the wedding. I’m too involved I guess so it’s so good to have you pointing out things I otherwise wouldn’t have noticed.
Would it look better if I just used a piece of grey ribbon instead of the belly band with the date on it? I decided last minute that I would see how a belly band looked on it so I can totally get rid of that.
We were thinking of doing a pocketfold type thing but we decided it was just too much extra work/money and since these will inevitably wind up being thrown in the rubbish bin anyway.
Just to clarify – the ceremony location is under the belly band. I took the photo that way to show how it might look when it’s put together.
happyface Would it be easier to tell the BBQ wasn’t on the same day as the wedding if I changed it to day after BBQ?
j_jaye I forgot that they said smelly and stinky place haha, we haven’t finalized locations yet. Hope people don’t think I’m too strange haha.
Post # 11
These look great and I don’t think it’s too many cards. as long as they’re organized, its great!
Post # 12
I made a huge invitation as it was a destination weekend weddiing. We had 2 double sided cards that slide inside a mountain scene wrap pocket with registry info on the back. Our pages were: Invitation, hotel info with directions, rsvp info and special note from us, lastly the weekend events itinerary. I feel it doesn’t matter how much you have as long as it is organized.
By The Way….I LOVE the belly band as I hate getting multiple loose cards in an envelope. May I suggest bolding the date font?? I feel it needs to stand out more. Otherwise great work.
Post # 13
I think they look great! I would suggest on the RSVP card to make the line longer where guests will write their names in…just doesn’t seem like enough room to write in more than one name. “____________Will/Won’t” could take up that entire line (like the 2 lines above it)
Post # 14
@PrincessConsuelaBananaHammock: happyface Would it be easier to tell the BBQ wasn’t on the same day as the wedding if I changed it to day after BBQ?
No, I think it’s because I don’t have the cards in front of me… I am seeing them all on a computer as pictures. But maybe make the date itself bigger, so that it stands out as being on Sunday the 10th? I don’t know… Maybe “The celebration continues… with a Sunday Barbecue instead of “backyard” They’ll figure out the backyard bit when they get to the place? (a BBQ is usually in the backyard of someone’s home anyways)
Do you have a separate outfit for the BBQ, another dress such as a cocktail dress? Or is everybody wearing jeans… including the bridal party?
Post # 15
@PrincessConsuelaBananaHammock: You and Crap Bag will have a wonderful life together 🙂 Anyways…so there are the following pieces, my comments on each:
– Reception card
– RSVP. Make the line for people’s names longer, as PP suggested.
– 2 maps. Could you make the 2 maps combined on 1 sheet of paper? Or are you inviting some people to the reception only, hence need a separate map?
– Day-after invite. It doesn’t look like there is an RSVP to this. Can you include it on your website and then maybe your Out of Town bags (if you’re having them). There’s really no point in sending these out other than to tell people “hey, you could get a free lunch,” since you’re not expecting RSVPs for it.
– Website card. See below for suggestion.
– Bellyband. Love the date, keep it (although in the US 09.02.2013 means Sept 2 not Feb 9. This might be a cultural difference, however). Could you include the website on the bellyband, underneath the date? Save paper, still get the website on there.
Post # 16
Wellington Bride I love insert cards too (can ya tell?) I had never recieved an invite with them until last summer and I just thought they were great, you get all the information you need without it all being on the one page and becoming too confusing.
Barika I knew something didn’t look quite right but I didn’t even think about bolding it, thanks.
ejtan0 and Zouave I noticed that the line was too short as soon as I printed it and have already fixed that, thanks though.
happyface Sunday Barbecue is a great idea. It will be super casual, it’s kind of a tradition on FH’s side of the family that the men go out hunting and fishin to get meat for a BBQ the next day so the two families can get to know each other in a less formal environment. So totally a jeans and t-shirt kind of event (or maybe a cute sundress).
Zouave I love you for calling him Crab Bag haha I’ve not wanted to call him that on here incase people don’tget the joke.
I tried putting the maps on one page but it got to confusing with directions on the back as well.
The invites to the BBQ were kind of an afterthought, the main reason for them is so that people don’t make travel arrangements to leave on sunday, I wouldn’t want anyone to miss out. But I could probably scrap the invite for it and just put all the info on the website.
In New Zealand the date is written DD/MM/YYYY I always get so confused when I see the date written in the American format haha. I never thought about putting the website on the belly band, that’s a great idea, it would add a little more visual interest to the bellyband too.
Thanks heaps guys!