What are the parts of wedding invitation suites? We’ll tell you! Read on for everything you need to know, plus a video from Emma. Be sure to subscribe for the latest!
Are you ready to shop for wedding invitations but you’re not sure what you really need? When it comes to invites, you don’t want to make a mistake or forget anything. Today we’re keeping you on track with an outline of the exact parts of the wedding invitation so you don’t miss a thing.
We’ll also show you an example of each component so you know what to look for when you order yours.
Wedding Invitation Parts
What are the components of a complete wedding invitation suite? A proper invitation includes the following parts, even in its simplest form.
The Parts of the Wedding Invitation
As a rule of thumb, even at its most basic assembly, a wedding invitation should include six parts.
These invitation pieces are as follows:
1. Invitation Card
This is the heart of the invitation. The card itself tells guests everything they need to know. This is a classic who-what-when-where scenario:
• who is getting married (you)
Your names must be clearly labeled on the wedding invitation card.
• what is taking place (your wedding)
Is it a traditional wedding? A small elopement or city hall wedding? Is it a reception-only wedding? This should be plainly identifiable on the invitation parts.
• when it will be (the date and time)
The date and the time of the wedding are vital to the invitation.
• where it is held (ceremony)
The locations of the ceremony is listed as one of the wedding invitation parts. The reception venue location is listed on the reception card, separately. See #3 below.
PRO TIP: Read how to word your invitation properly for tips.
2. Response Card
The response card is one of the most important parts of the wedding invitation. Without it, how will you know how many guests to anticipate? Make sure the response card has an identifiable date of which the response should be sent back by, or guests may forget to do it entirely.
3. Reception Card
A reception card will indicate where the reception is held (the venue) and what time it begins. The reception card can also include the dress code, ‘adult only reception‘, your wedding website address, and more.
4. Response Envelope
This is an envelope that is pre-stamped with postage and includes your mailing address. Guests will insert their response card after filling it out, seal the envelope, then put it in the mail to return to you.
5. Inner Envelope
An inner envelope is what the invitation is placed inside.
6. Outer Envelope
And lastly, the outer envelope is what you use to address invitations to guests. Don’t forget proper postage stamps on the invitations and your return address (get one of these, it’s so much easier).
Minted offers FREE envelope addressing, included with your order, so that’s a HUGE bonus! Find out more here.
*Optional: Additional Enclosure Cards
If you need additional enclosure cards (for directions, accommodations, a map, etc.), you will include them as parts of the wedding invitation.
Can I skip one of the parts of the wedding invite?
The only one we can see skipping may be the response card and envelope, but this is only if you’re using online RSVPs instead. This can be done via a proper wedding website with online RSVP or by printing these QR code wedding RSVPs — a huge trend this wedding season.
Do I need accessories on my invitations?
Anything else is extra: you don’t need accessories, but they do make a nice touch. Some items you may want to add to the invitation parts include vellum paper, wax seals, envelope liners, address wrap stickers, and a belly band to hold the parts of the wedding invitation together.
Here is an example of a belly band:
These additional invitation parts are often referred to as the finishing touches of the invite and can be found here to match your invitation suite.
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Hope it helps!