If you’re about to shop for wedding invitations, read this guide. It’s simple, quick and will help you understand the different pieces involved in a wedding invitation ensemble.

A Quick Guide to the Wedding Invitation Ensemble

Save-the-Date (not shown): Ensure a great turnout for your wedding by sending save-the-dates. Save the dates are printed with your names, the wedding date and “invitation to follow,” or any other wording you would prefer.

1. Invitation
The invitation establishes your wedding look and informs guests of the date, time, place and hosts of the wedding ceremony. Invitations are usually offered with coordinating enclosure cards. An enclosure card is any card printed with important information for the guests and enclosed with the invitation.

2. Reception Card
This enclosure card invites guests to the celebration following the ceremony. The name and address of the reception venue is listed on this card.

3. Response Card
This enclosure card is printed with guests’ names, a respond by date and number attending. The respond card is important for establishing a guest count. Envelopes are needed and are tucked into the invitation with the response cards.

4. Information Card
This enclosure card is a general-purpose card that can be used to share important details with guests. They can be used as map cards, accommodation cards, brunch invitations, rehearsal dinner invitations, etc. Information cards are extremely handy!

5. Thank You Card
Thank you cards are sent after the wedding, usually within three months. They are often printed with the words “Thank you” and left blank inside for the couple to handwrite a message. Some couples have a thank you message printed inside, but it is proper etiquette to provide a handwritten note. Couples can also choose to have their first names or a monogram printed on the cards instead of “thank you”, and use the cards as thank yous as well as note cards.

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