Wedding Invitations: What must you include before sending?

I realize that as much as I love handmade wedding invitations and calligraphy not everyone has the wedding budget for it. If you are looking for elegant wedding invitations that will help you stay within your budget then you need to Meet Morgan from The Wild Petrova.

Morgan is an invitation designer with a shop on Etsy. She designs wedding invitations that you can print at home or at a local print shop and also designs custom order design templates for weddings.

She does these striking modern designs that are so unique for every bride and groom. All her templates can be customized giving you full creative freedom to match any template that you like to your wedding theme or color scheme.

I am so excited because Morgan is going to let us in on some tips and advice on what you should know before sending your wedding invitations, what you should include in your invitations. As an extra treat she shares photos of some of her invitations.

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What information should be included on a wedding invitation? 

In the modern world of wedding planning, I like to think there are no rules, anymore. You should always include the name of the couple-to-be, time, date, and location on the main wedding invitation.

Other things a bride or groom might consider adding to their wedding invitation suite may include a wedding website, hotel accommodations, child care information, directions to the venue or, even a super cute watercolor map, as well as non-traditional inserts such as a song request card. 

However, if you’re struggling with your wedding invitation wording, classic wedding etiquette never goes out of style.  My mother-in-law recommended Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette book to me when planning my own wedding last year, and I still recommend it to all of my brides and grooms, today.

What should you include in a wedding invitation suite?

If you and your future spouse are planning a traditional wedding, you’ll want to include an A7 (5×7 inch) Invitation, details card, RSVP reply card, and a pre-stamped envelope for the RSVP reply card.

What should you include on a wedding details card?

Details cards are great, especially if your ceremony and reception are in two different locations.

With a details card, you can provide venue addresses, parking information, wedding website, registry information, etc. without making your actual wedding invite too overcrowded. Your guests will also appreciate having a pocket-sized itinerary for your big day, too. 

Now that couples are opting for wedding websites, RSVP responses and wedding details can be found online, leaving no need for the details card and replay card. If you find yourself in this position, you’ll want to instruct your guests to RSVP online on your main wedding invitation.

What is included in a wedding stationery package?

Right now, watercolor illustrations of wedding venues are incredibly popular and offer a very person, luxurious touch to your wedding stationery. However, the cost for these custom illustrations costs upwards of $200 for the illustrations, alone. 

Because creating wedding stationery is what I do in my free time, I offer a wedding stationery package that includes a digital file of a custom watercolor venue illustration and matching wedding invitation for $40.

The illustration can even be used on wedding programs and other stationery pieces, too. By ordering digital files, brides and grooms are able to completely customize their wedding invitations from their paper choices to their ink quality and envelopes.

The control is in their hands. I do offer printing services as well, but I think most brides prefer the personalized, DIY route.

How do I announce a wedding postponement? Should I send change the date cards?

Unfortunately, many couples who have planned a 2020 wedding (and even 2021 weddings), have been forced to reschedule or postpone their weddings due to COVID-19. 

After spending a hefty chunk of the wedding budget on wedding invitations, this can discourage a lot of brides, leaving them feeling hopeless or as if their wedding theme will be ruined. That’s why a lot of brides are opting to include “change the date” inserts with their wedding invitations.

You can still send your original wedding invitation suite, old details and all, and include this insert to notify guests about the new date. I’ve even created a line of “corona-themed” change the date announcements that help bring a smile to faces in a time that might seem so uncertain. 

Advice for Couples

Go with your heart! If something jumps out at you, go for it! And, if you can’t find what you’re looking for or you do find any invites that match your unique wedding theme, reach out to one of the incredibly talented Etsy artists (like me!) who specialize in custom wedding invitations. We’re always happy to help and make your day special. 

Final Thoughts

I hope this has helped you decide on what to include and exclude from your wedding invitations. Remember if you want to order elegant invitations online then Morgan from The Wild Petrova is your girl. She will help you customize your wedding invitation template to suit you and your wedding. You can also follow her on Instagram @thewildpetrova.

As always, if you need more, you can see our Pinterest board for tons of wedding invitation ideas. 


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