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1. Wedding Invitation Card
In your wedding invitation package, the invitation card is the main course of the meal. It is the most essential element that can make or break your guests’ impression of your event. The general rule of thumb is that it should include the date, time and location of the ceremony and/or reception. It basically must provide all the details your guests need to know in order to attend your event on time and in proper attire.
The wording of invitations is often dictated by etiquette. However, while we are known for designing and printing elegant and classic invitations, we at Printsonalities encourage our brides and grooms to exercise their creativity in the conceptualization and even execution of the designs and wording of their wedding invitations. The invites must always be representative of the couple and of the wedding theme.
2. Outer Envelope
An outer envelope is the envelope holding the inner envelope (if any) and all the other pieces included in your wedding invitation set (main invitation, information cards, map). It is usually large and square-shaped, and complements the design of all its enclosures. Wordings always include the complete and formal name and address of your invited guests. The return address, which is optional, includes the hosts’ name and address and is printed at the back flap of the envelope. Meanwhile, the mailing stamp is placed on the upper right hand corner.
Although the outer envelope essentially serves as a packet for all the wedding invitation components, it is the first thing your guests will see upon its arrival. Hence, it’s ideal to have the outer envelope look presentable and appealing. You can do this by matching the wordings with the style of the envelope’s contents or by personalizing them through printing, embossing or calligraphy, depending on your preference.
3. Inner Envelope (Optional)
Nowadays only used in the most traditional designs, the inner envelope is placed inside the outer envelope and contains all the enclosures including the main invite. Inner envelopes were originally used to add protection for the inserts. Due to practicality and environmental concerns, inner envelopes are no longer necessary, but the aesthetic and romantic tradition still remain.
The flap of the inner envelope is not glued and usually has a lining1. Unlike the outer envelope on which you place the titles, names and the mailing addresses, the wording on the inner envelope must only include the title and names of your invited guests.
1Envelope lining – paper or fabric that is glued to the inside of the envelope shaping an outline for the flap. There is a wide assortment of textures and colors that can be used; the theme or motif of the event is commonly applied in the design of the envelope lining.
4. Response Card (RSVP)
A response card, commonly known as RSVP (répondez s’il vous plaît) card, is a personalized and pre-addressed card that allows guests to send a confirmation of their attendance and oftentimes the number of people going with them. Response cards are a critical aspect of the wedding planning process because it allows the planner to know how many guests are sure to attend the wedding.
The inclusion of RSVP cards in invitation sets is actually a modern practice. Traditionally, wedding invitation packages did not include response cards since the guests were expected to take the initiative in writing their own confirmation of attendance. But in these fast-paced modern times, there is a need to make the communication between the host and the guest quick, efficient and convenient.
Response cards include the host’s contact details and the date the reply is expected. Nonetheless, the wordings and design can always be adapted to fit different needs.