Everything You Need to Know About Enclosure Cards
In sending out your wedding invitations, the main goal is to deliver the complete details of your wedding ceremonies most neatly and elegantly. There are so many things to include in the invitation enclosure cards that one can’t help panicking over composing the invites.
It can be easy to get carried away with designs and aesthetics that your invitation’s essential elements can get left out. Avoid confusing your guests by presenting your details concisely. This article will serve as a guide for you in laying out the types of enclosure cards that should be going in your invitations and how you can present them flawlessly.
Types of Enclosure Cards
For your guests to find details quickly, organize and sort them in separate cards according to information. Here are several of the most common enclosure cards to insert in your wedding invitations.
- RSVP Cards
RSVP is an acronym for the French phrase “respondez, s’il Vous plait,” which translates to “respond if you please” in English. This card is to be filled out by the guest/s and sent back to you to confirm their attendance at your wedding ceremony.
In this card, you should indicate the number of guests that you have invited per card, the deadline for the response, and your postal address if not given elsewhere in the invite. Leave enough space for your guest to write a reply. You can also add any dietary restrictions that you may want to ask your guests for consideration.
- Reception Cards
For receptions that are to be held in another location from the ceremony, a reception card should be placed. The details should include the time, venue name, and address.
This could already suffice, but if you feel that the location is a bit confusing to get to, add some directions. This can be in the form of a small map and guide arrows or by adding known landmarks near the area.
- Accommodation Card
This enclosure card is given to guests that have been allocated reserved hotel rooms or any lodging. It should provide the hotel name, address, phone number, and website.
Even if the bride and groom haven’t booked the guests’ accommodation, this card can also serve as information for those who plan to stay in the area. It is typically given to guests that will arrive from out of town and need bookings in advance. That being said, more than one hotel near the area can be included in this card.
- Attire Card
The dress codes can be written within other cards like the main invitation or reception cards since it doesn’t take too much space to write “formal” or “red tie for men.”
However, if you need to go into details, then provide a separate card. Some couples might ask principal sponsors and other guests to wear different attires. There is also adequate space here for sketching a drawing for specifically tailored dresses or suits.
- Transportation Card
For arranged transport services or shuttles, include a transportation card that provides time, date, and vehicle information. This card can also cover details on available transportations prepared for guests across the whole ceremonies, if any. If the pieces here are too short, you have the option to include this in the accommodation card, especially if both concerns go hand-in-hand.
- Itinerary Cards
You may prefer to include a detailed list of the events to take place during your wedding and place it in one enclosure card. From the rehearsal dinner to the wedding toasts, such activities to take note of can be written here.
For weddings that have prepared gatherings or events before or after the ceremony, you can also create a separate card. Perhaps you have planned a morning-after brunch or a trip to the gorgeous nearby beach over the weekend.
Providing ample space on the card for necessary details is a must. Creating a separate room for this card is more convenient when individual only guests are invited to an activity; that way, you can print them individually per event.
- Within-the-ribbon Cards
If you have guests with specific seating arrangements, your guests will bring this card to present to the usher. It is there to organize the guest seating faster.
Enclosure Card Designs
You can design your invitations in numerous ways. Instead of stacking them like a pile of documents in your envelope, here are several unique and creative ways to present your enclosure cards.
- Foldable Envelope
Arrange your enclosure cards neatly by making foldable invitations. Create an invitation you can fold to six faces (back-to-back). The faces inside are where you can place your prominent greetings and invitations, principal sponsors, and venue details.
As for the other enclosure cards, create a paper pocket in one of the faces where you can tuck the cards. The pouch is a great way to keep your cards safely and neatly so that the information doesn’t distract from the main invitation.
To highlight your main invitation, you have to separate the less important enclosure cards. This can be achieved even if you only have one envelope by placing paper dividers between your main invitation and the other cards. The partition can be a highly contrasting colored paper, a lace-designed paper, or a translucent paper.
Another way to create contrast between the cards is to incorporate different designs in the main invitation and the other cards. For example, use plain paper and bold texts in the main invitations and create floral enclosure cards. You can also use a gilded form of varying colors.
For the environmentalists that want to tread the paper-less approach, why not create a website for your invitations? Use a homepage for your main invitation card and add hyperlinks for other webpages.
For each wedding enclosure card, create a different website that can be clicked on the home page. This approach allows you to add as many prenuptial shoots as you want and even add your romantic save-the-date videos.
There is no reason to panic when making your wedding invitations. The important thing is to get the ceremony details to your guests in the most effective way possible.
Using this guide to create simple enclosure cards, you will organize efficiently and have more time to design your invitations visually. Also, more energy can be spent on sorting other necessary wedding arrangements. Have fun making your wedding enclosure cards!