The last post talked about deciding on who to invite and began to discuss how we stuck everything into one invite. Continuing on from Part 1, we’re discussing 2 major elements, usually designed and bought/mailed separately, that we added to the main invitation.
2. The Save the Date card:
My biggest concern, with having a truncated planning period, was the save-the-date. I mean, how else would people remember how important it was for them to be there?!?
There is a huge trend to send out these reminders to people. Calendars, separate invitations/notices, the prequel to it all…it can get expensive! We decided that we would include this in the main invitation, since we’re already on a roll with this booklet thing…
When adding this element, we had to make it practical for our guests. We told our printer what we wanted and had this page in the passport perforated so that it could be torn out! We also added magnets to the back of it so that once it was torn out, all the guest had to do was use it to hold up something on their fridge!
Voila! Save-the-date card is a success!
3. The RSVP Card:
There are so many things to worry about with this part…will they lose it? Will they remember to send it back? Will they actually fill it out?? As simple as we made this, some people still forgot to actually fill it out. I didn’t learn about this trick (see #4) until months later *shrugs*
What we did followed the same mindset of making things practical. The cards were pre-addressed and pre-stamped, so people LITERALLY just needed to drop it into a mailbox. Adding the stamps was a little bit of an extra expense, but so worth not having the hassle of trying to track down responses and hearing the excuse “I didn’t have a stamp…”
On the RSVP card, we also let the guests know how many seats would be held for them. We still followed the rules of etiquette and allowed for spouses/significant others. We took additional steps to make sure that we kept it for the adults only; that will be discussed in another post.
The cost of this? Patience and approximately $350 to print about 100 invitations…we were able to send everything they needed for our big day and it mailed at the regular postage price…no extra shipping fees 🙂
That breaks down to about $3.50 per invitation, but it’s personalized, really showed OUR personality, set the tone for our big day, and let our guests in on the fun from the beginning.
You don’t necessarily have to put everything in a booklet form, but be sure to communicate with your printer and local post office to remain mindful of guidelines…find out exactly how much you can cram into an envelope and still ship it out with an infinity stamp…
Next on the series: No kids allowed?