You’ve finalized the wording on your wedding invitation, but there’s a lot more information your guests will need in order to join you for your big day. What exactly do you do need to put on your wedding enclosures, i.e., the wedding invitation details card? We’ve asked our experts to help us break down the most common enclosures or inserts included with a wedding invitation—as well as how you can combine them to save on postage! Follow our comprehensive guide as to what to put on your wedding details card below.
Enclosure #1: Reception Card
If you are having your ceremony and reception at the same venue, skip this one. Simply provide the ceremony location, and then include “Reception to Follow” or “Dinner and Dancing to Follow” at the bottom of your invitation. However, if your reception will be at a different venue, a reception card will let guests know where to go, how to get there, and when to arrive. Should you have the space, you can add this information to your invitation as well.
Enclosure #2: RSVP Card
Almost every wedding invitation will arrive with an RSVP card. These cards include the reply deadline, a space for the invitees to put their names and mark whether or not they will be attending, and sometimes note their choice of meal. The card should be accompanied by a self-addressed and stamped envelope for easy mailing, or could be a stamped and addressed postcard (which will save paper without the envelope!).
You may have a few guests with poor handwriting or who forget to put their names on the RSVP card, so consider numbering the cards lightly in pencil on the back so you can cross-reference the number and the guest’s number on your list when the replies come in.
Enclosure #3: Attire Card
Most dress codes (black tie, cocktail attire, etc.) will fit neatly in the lower right-hand corner of your invitation. But if the dress code you’ve chosen is very specific or requires explanation (i.e. “rustic chic” or if you’re asking your guests to all wear black and white), an attire card will give you space to share the details. You can also include this information on your wedding Web site, if you have one.
Enclosure #4: Accommodations and Transportation Card
Whether you’re recommending hotels or have a room block listed, an insert with the names, addresses, and contact information for each hotel (as well as the room block code, if you have one) is a gracious addition for out-of-town guests. This card can also let guests know if you’ve arranged for shuttles for the evening. Of course, you can put this all on your wedding Web site, too!
Enclosure #5: Weekend Itinerary
If you have multiple events planned for the weekend, such as welcome drinks and a morning-after brunch, put the dates, times, and locations (as well as dress codes, if needed) on this card to make sure guests know when they should be in town. If guests are not all invited to every event, print individual cards for each event and put the appropriate cards in each guest’s invitation envelope—or send invites to things like the rehearsal dinner separately. This information can also live on your wedding Web site.
Enclosure #6: Wedding Web site
If you have a wedding Web site set up, this is one card you won’t want to skip. Share the URL of your Web site so guests can learn more about accommodations, dress code, and weekend activities—and maybe even RSVP online. To save on both printing and postage, consider a single insert that directs guests to your Web site (including the password, if it’s needed). Then skip cards #3–5 and put everything online. If there is room on your invitation, add a line at the very bottom that reads: “For more information, please visit [URL goes here]” to send guests to your Web site without an extra card.