Post # 1
Hello Bees –
I’m a former designer and had soooo much fun playing again with Adobe Illustrator and designed some gorgeous invites for the big day! I’m going to letterpress them myself later this month.
The problem is…as much as I love them, am I committing a major faux pas by only having the invite and then an additional card that has some basic details for the reception, website, and directs people to RSVP by calling, emailing or going online?
The information for our wedding/reception is very detailed (we have guests from out of the country coming). And because everyone who’s coming is internet savvy and our wedding website is a very easy to navigate, comprehensive source of information, we want to direct everyone there.
Will just two pieces seem weird? Should I just put them in an envelope, or try to wrap them up with twine?
Post # 3
I think the trees will thank you!
Really though, if you’re succinct and is easy to understand, and it makes you happy, it works!
Post # 4
I think two is fine! I’ve never seen an invitation really with more than one or two pages. Mines only gonna be two. The invite and the RSVP. We have a wedding website with all of the accomodation stuff (and since my wedding area has over 20 hotels, bed and breakfasts, and inns, I don’t want to limit them to the hotel our wedding is taking place at) and we don’t need directions cause its a Destination Wedding, so they kinda gotta find out when they get there because cause are not allowed where my wedding is located, so they cant plug in GPS regardless.
Post # 5
@ashleyyyg: Really? I feel like I see all sorts of really complex invitations where the brides thought of everything and include it in the invite. I’ll admit it *is* nice because you can take it with you to the wedding and you have a little map, etc.
I also am just inept when it comes to physical presentation, so these beautiful, layered pieces just boggle my mind!
Post # 6
I’m with you on this one. Like yours, our invitation “suite” consists of only the invitation – which will have the link to our wedsite for all additional info – and the RSVP.
Absolutely do not feel like you “have” to have a crapload of inserts because it’s what everyone else seems to have or because it’s “traditional”. I hesitated a bit after designing our invites because I felt like something was “missing”, but the way I see it, fewer inserts means less waste and fewer things for guests to misplace.
Honestly, whenever I’ve received invitations with maps, registry cards (HUGE no-no anyway), tissue overlays, RSVP card, etc etc. I end up losing pretty much everything (or tossing it) except the invitation itself and the RSVP. Every time I just end up referring to the couple’s wedding website for all directions and additional information.
Post # 7
I only had 1 piece – a single sided invitation. I know it’s not elaborate, but I didn’t care to spend a lot on something that, let’s face it, people just toss aside and lose. I love gorgeous things, but not for a run up of cost. So I think you’re just fine!!
Post # 8
I think some people will think is really strange, but I did the same thing. I did a website to RSVP or to call.
Post # 9
Ours was only two pieces as well, invite and info card. I made mine myself as well 😀
I think extra envelopes are dumb. Stick with the simplicity, I wouldn’t think it was weird at all.
ps. I’d love to see your design!
Post # 10
Working at a printing company I can assure you that the traditional manufacturers still hold that 1 or 2 pieces get the job done just fine. While the trend (esp. among DIY brides) is to have enclosures out the wazoo, it used to be the sign of a really swank wedding if there was anything other than the Invitation and RSVP card/env in the inner envelope. I’ve even seen some that included the RSVP as a tear-off (perforated, of course) postcard to cut down on having any enclosures.
Don’t worry about trends, use what you need to to get the job done.
Post # 11
@thirdtimebride: agreed! While I’m not having a tear-off RSVP postcard, I am still including a separate stamped postcard along with my invitation to avoid having an additional envelope in there. Like I said before – fewer inserts, less waste, lower cost of materials to make my invitations, etc.
Post # 12
Regardless if it is green or not, who cares! I just wrote about this and wedding tradition on my blog (seriously just posted it seconds ago). LOL If your interested in MHO, check it out. You can find it on my profile. 🙂
Post # 13
Don’t sweat it! I have been TRYING to pair down my wedding invitation so I can save on resources and costs. I would love it if everyone was on email so I could just evite people to my wedding, but I think we need a few more years before that becomes the latest trend. 😉
Post # 14
I personally think the invitations that have like 6 different pages are such a waste of money!! I went to a wedding that had a 6 page SAVE THE DATE!!! then the “formal invitation” which was 3 more pages, tissue, and a card stock thick invitation. Then they made a full invitation for the welcome lunch, welcome cocktail party, rehearsal dinner, itinerary for the wedding day and the exit brunch. wowza!!!!!
but this was a southern bride who was all about every single etiquette rule so maybe that’s how they do it there….
Post # 15
@ms.oregon.state: Did she follow wedding etiquette rule, number 1, the biggest and oldest tradition, waiting until marriage? LOL If she did then I give my permission to care about the small taditions too. (my comment is just for laughs)
Post # 16
I’ve been to 4 weddings in the past 2 months and have 2 more coming up–most invites only had 2 things in them–the invite with wedding info and website and the RSVP card. The only one that had 3 things included a map because she is a cartographer and many people were coming out of town.