(Closed) What’s the real deal on enclosing maps in formal-style invites?

posted 8 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
5921 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I’d include a map.  With our original choice for reception venue, we planned on enclosing a map on heavy cardstock.

However we have chosen a different venue, which is literally right across the street from the ceremony site, so its not really necessary anymore.

Post # 6
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Go with the same weight paper, fonts and color schemes.

Post # 9
272 posts
Helper bee

@JoeBeth12, I know it’s a tiny silly point of etiquette, but traditionally you’d have the R.s.v.p. on the left side, and put Black Tie Preferred on the right.  I know, it’s a tiny point, but that’s generally the convention for a formal invitation.

From Crane’s:  “When reply cards are not being sent, a reply is requested in the lower left-hand corner of the reception card. Corner lines are engraved in a smaller size than the body of the reception card.” and…

“The words, “Black tie” do not properly appear on wedding invitations or reception cards. The time of day and the location determine the dress code. (After six o’clock in the evening is formal.)

Although some people are familiar with this point of etiquette, most are not. Therefore, you may wish to include “Black tie” on your reception cards to ensure that all of your guests know how to dress.

When using “Black tie,” the B is uppercase and the t is lowercase. “Black tie” generally appears in the lower right-hand corner of the reception card. It does not appear on the invitation to the ceremony since it is the reception, not the ceremony, that is formal. When no reception card is used, “Black tie” appears in the lower right-hand corner of the invitation. If you do not like corner lines on invitations, you may include a reception card to indicate the type of dress.”

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