If this is your first time digging into the wedding stationery world, there are so many options for invitations, it can be hard to choose. This reference guide will help you figure out which pieces you want to have for your particular event.
There are ways to condense information into single cards, however, we'll run through the proper etiquette of what you might choose to include and its purpose.
THE INVITATION CARD
The main card in your suite, which sets the tone of the entire event for the guests, and communicates the important details like who, what, when, and where. A typical size of a Winter Paper Co. invitation card is usually 5" x 7"
THE INVITATION ENVELOPE
The envelope which contains the entire invitation suite. This is addressed to your guest, and your return address typically appears on the back flap. The size of this envelope (for a Winter Paper Co. Invite) is typically an A7, or 5.25" x 7.25"
THE RESPONSE CARD
This is the card with which guests can respond if they are able to attend. This is a great place to ask for dietary restrictions, menu selections, etc. You can choose to design this card as a non-mailable card (wedding website RSVP), a postcard, or to be mailed back with an envelope.
This is a great place to list your wedding registry (etiquette says it should not be included on the invitation pieces themselves). Otherwise, this small card can be used if your reception is at a separate location from the ceremony, or if you want to share your wedding website.
THE RESPONSE CARD ENVELOPE
If your guests are required to mail back their response card, you need to supply a pre-paid postage envelope. Your address would appear on the front of these cards, so all the responses come back to you directly. The smallest size this can be is an A1 envelope size, or 3.625" x 5.125"
This card can be used to talk about additional events throughout the weekend, such as rehearsal dinners, welcome receptions or brunches. It's also a great spot for a map of the area, transportation, parking, or accommodations information.
When guests open their invitations, an envelope liner provides a nice element of color or art, which corresponds with your suite.
To keep all of your invitation pieces packaged nicely, we suggest a belly band of some sort. Rope, ribbon, leather, or paper make great options.
Wax seals can be used on the inside or outside of your main envelope. They add a regal touch to any suite, but they do also add to the cost of postage.