(Closed) What is absolutely necessary for invitations?

posted 9 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
1811 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@sweetducks2230:  We designed an invite that holds ceremony and reception details and guides the guests to the website.  We are doing a seperate rsvp card, but that is only because I didn’t want to ask some of our less tech savvy guests to try and figure out another website!

Post # 4
1423 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I wouldn’t skimp on RSVP cards. E-mail can be an option, but if not all your guests are internet savvy, it might be hard for them to RSVP. I only say this because a majority of my extended family are not online, so anything internet-wedding-related won’t work for me.

Post # 5
7898 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I think the essentials are the invitation (with reception info at bottom) and the RSVP card. I can’t imagine the hassle of trying to track down the non-internet savvy, and I know plenty of people who wouldn’t take responding as seriously if it were by RSVP and would forget about it.

Post # 6
1794 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

My invites only included the RSVP card and a 1 page invitation. I listed the website on the invitation so people could go there for more information. Unless your wedding is in a hard-to-find out of the way location, I don’t think a map is necessay. People can figure it out or call you or another family member. Most other information is generally unnecessary too and you can cut it out to save money.

If you skip response cards, I’d definitely include a phone RSVP option for anyone who isn’t internet savvy

Post # 7
208 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

There are so many wedding things that seem necessary that aren’t!  I saved some paper by putting a lot of info on our website and then directing guests to that.  We mailed an invite that included 3 pieces of paper – the main invitation I made that stated the date, time, and location of the ceremony.  We had an RSVP postcard that I made (planned on doing email but this really was less hassle in the end – plus it’s so fun to get the mail!).  I also had a small paper insert that gave the location of the reception, stated that lodging info and directions were on the website, and that any married couples should mail/email us a wedding day photo for a display I hope to make.

Post # 8
7286 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

It probably depends on how big your wedding is and who is coming.

The internet really helps simplify things, like making a wedding website for people to refer to all the things that those crazy invitations can do ( like maps, accommodations, registry info, etc etc)

I made a simple one sheet invite that referred to a webpage I made and I included rsvp cards ( very small). Honestly, If its really stressful use all online /phone RSVP cause you will be amazed how many people can’t bring themselves to return a pre addressed and stamped envelope.

Post # 9
2819 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

The bare minimum is, as far as i”m concerned, that main invitation body. Your names, who the hosts are, name of venues, date & time. There are many beautiful panel invitations out there! : ) Just put your wedding website on the invite & say “for more details and to RSVP, go to…” (now, beware you might have to track down A LOT of RSVPs and/or get a LOT of phone calls asking about details on your website, but that being said it’s what we’re opting for too).

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