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Welcome back to our wording series! We tackled the invitation wording last post, and today we’ll cover the rest of the pieces in your invitation set: the inserts.
Inserts are all of those other cards in your set that aren’t the actual invitation- you may have all of these or none of these (a reply card is almost always included).
Here’s the information you’re after: the guest(s) names, if they’re coming or not coming, and, if you have a meal choice, what they’d like to eat. Here’s how you’re going to get it:
( ) accepts with pleasure
( ) declines with regret
__ steak __ chicken __ fish
Now jazz it up and make it yours! Stick with the formal “accepts with pleasure” and “declines with regret” and add a “Leave a note for the happy couple” section- you’ll cherish those sweet notes. Or ditch the accepts/declines and go for wording that fits your wedding: “Can’t wait to join C+L on this great adventure!” for accepts and “We’ll be there in spirit!” for declines. Just like with the invitation wording, take this as another unexpected opportunity to show your wedding style.
Goal here: to inform guests about lodging options and if you have a room block reserved. We like to include the phone number and addresses of the hotel choices, and be sure to let guests know what event code or name to mention if you do have a room block:
Room blocks have been reserved at the following hotels for your convenience:
The Westin Annapolis – 100 Westgate Circle – 410.555.1234
The Sheraton Annapolis – 2000 East Parkway – 410.555.8878
Pleas reference the Ryon-Smith wedding when you book. To ensure the block rate, please reserve your room(s) by April 29.
This can double up with the accommodations card if room allows, or it can be paired with a cute map. You can do directions from major points: “from the north,” “from the east,” or do directions from the major destinations: from the hotel to the ceremony to the reception.
A separate card inviting guests to the reception is usually included when the ceremony and reception are held at two different locations. The basic info: what, where, and the dress (if you’re specifying a dress code, it should skip the main invitation card and go here).
Dinner and dancing immediately following
Newton White Mansion
908 Krisfield Drive
Including your wedding website is a must- that’s where all that information that just won’t fit anywhere else is going to go! We do smaller cards just for these, or if there’s room, we include them on the directions or accommodations card. If your wedding website is password protected, be sure to include that as well.
Our biggest tip? Just like your details- make it yours. Let your wording shine for you- anywhere you can (or want to!), give your guests clues about the two of you and your wedding. Super laidback? Classic and formal? Funny? Show it.