Post # 1
So it looks like it’s be a fairly formal invitation, BUT, I am breaking with tradition/etiquette here (sorry to all the traditionalists) and putting the RSVP on the lower right-hand side of a very large (and heavy) invite card. I only say this cause there won’t be an rsvp on which to put a map on the back. But — no one will find our wedding, even in NYC where it’s easy to find places. Even the street address doesn’t give it away because the entrance isn’t on that street and there’s no number whatsoever for this downtown loft where the guests are actually supposed to enter. Can I include a little map? What size? What kind of paper? Since my invites are light, light ivory and ink is black — so no color — can maps be without color too? I am clueless about graphics stuff, truly clueless. Help please, bees!
oh, no wedding website either. I sound like I’m no fun, but really I am!
Post # 3
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 # 4
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Post # 5
You gals are great! Thank you. But I found this place – that was the easy part – on google — http://www.mainstreamaps.com — and since I’m not as handy as a lot of you, I’ve decided to let them make me my map enclosures. Their samples look really nice btw, and they do 100 (the minimum) for $55 plus you pay shipping. Not bad when you consider they supply the ink, the paper stock, and the LABOR. I’ll have an online proof next week and if I can out how to work all this, I’ll try to post it here.
Post # 6
Go with the same weight paper, fonts and color schemes.
Post # 7
Make it into a reception card (http://www.crane.com/etiquette.aspx?c=weddingetiquette&s=enclosure_cards&i=reception_cards. And btw, it’s totally appropriate to just put R.s.v.p. on the invitation itself, but it should go on the lower left, not right.
Post # 8
Cinnamon — why the lower left of invite for rsvp? That’s where we were putting Black Tie Optional (I know, another no-no to some in the etiquette department)!
so if I put rsvp there, where would i put the blk tie optional??
Post # 9
@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.”