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How to Include Your Rehearsal Dinner and Other Weekend Events in Your Wedding Invitation Suite

Tips & TricksJenn JurfComment

Happy Tuesday, my friends! This week we’re diving into all of the other events that happen during your wedding weekend celebration and how to properly include them in your invitation suite.

Multiple weekend events are more common with destination weddings but it’s also common to include your rehearsal dinner and any post-wedding brunch information in your wedding invitation suites.

The details card is the best place for all of this information. It’s important to keep the wedding invitation itself focused on the wedding ceremony.

Here is an example of a details card that can include both the rehearsal dinner and post-wedding brunch. The details should include the event, location, address, start time and anything else attendees need to know in advance (i.e. Attire).

I hope this information was helpful when preparing your wedding invitation suite. For more etiquette tips, check out our wedding invitation etiquette guide or contact me with questions!



Kayla & Gabe's Wedding Album

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Finally checking this off my list of the 8,000 things I’ve been wanting to do with my business for years: sharing your pictures!! I don’t know about you but anytime I see wedding photos or videos, I start crying even if I don’t know the people!

I love connecting with my clients during their wedding planning journey and seeing the pictures of their big day as all of the details come together! As a stationery designer, I’m one of the only vendors that isn’t there on the actually wedding day so yeah, you can say I usually experience FOMO.

So starting today, you’ll see a lot more real weddings here on the blog as we feature our amazing clients on their wedding day!

Starting with the beautiful Kayla and Gabe! I worked with Kayla to design her letterpress wedding invitations. They chose the Eucalyptus Minimalist design with digital printing to capture the watercolor eucalyptus and letterpress to create that stunning impression! Their photographer, Sarah Botta, did an incredible job of capturing their wedding day and all of its beautiful moments!

Vendors:

Invitations: Just Jurf
Photography: Sarah Botta Photography
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Cake: Gateau Distinctive Cakes
Catering: Marriott Ranch
DJ: A2Z Music Factory
Florist: Samantha Greenfield
Groomsmen and Groom Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Makeup and Hair: Up Do’s for I Do’s
Officiant: Jim Burch

New Design: Classic Navy & Gold Wedding Invitation Suite

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I’ve been loving the navy and gold look lately! Probably because it’s clean, classic and can be useful for weddings all year around.

Today, the Classic Navy & Gold Wedding Invitation joins the collection. This suite features an elegant diamond border in navy ink and a classic gold script font with playful flourishes.

The design is versatile and can be used for formal destination weddings, garden weddings, and both indoor and outdoor weddings.

We paired this invitation design with a simple navy blue envelope liner.

Top it off with guest and return address printing to give your suite a cohesive look from start to finish.

The Classic Navy & Blue Invitation design is shown on our standard Classic Crest 110 lb. white card stock. Learn more about the different paper and print options from this post or request a sample kit today so you can see and feel all of our paper options before placing your order.

The Classic Navy & Blue Wedding Invitation is also available in matching reception stationery. From menus to place cards to thank you cards, we have everything you need to create a cohesive look for your wedding stationery.

You may also like these designs….

Copper Monogram Wedding Invitation Suite
Elegant Script Wedding Invitation Suite
Black and White Floral Wedding Invitation Suite
Pink Watercolor Floral Wedding Invitation Suite

Modern Floral Wedding Invitation Design Launch

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Black and white. You can’t get any simpler than that. I love the look of a sleek, modern design and today’s new design is just that.

The Modern Floral Invitation Suite joins the collection today. This design is a sleek, black and white design for the modern couple and their urban city wedding.

The simple typography is complimented with an abundance of white space throughout the design.

What invitation is complete without a floral envelope liner? We continued the black and white theme with this modern floral envelope liner.

The Modern Floral Invitation design is shown on our standard Classic Crest 110 lb. white card stock. Learn more about the different paper and print options from this post or request a sample kit today so you can see and feel all of our paper options before placing your order.

The Modern Floral Wedding Invitation is also available in matching reception stationery. From menus to place cards to thank you cards, we have everything you need to create a cohesive look for your wedding stationery.

You may also like these designs….

Modern Greenery Wedding Invitation
Blue Modern Geometric Wedding Invitation
Anemone Floral Wedding Invitation
Simple Modern Script Wedding Invitation

Botanical Greenery Wedding Invitation Design Launch

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Greenery was Pantone’s color of the year in 2017. Though Pantone’s color is closer to a bright/lime green on the spectrum, the wedding industry took the term “Greenery” to a whole new level. This was the year that the trend of green leaves and simple set-ups took over and I am not complaining about it!

Today’s new design adds to my greenery obsession. The Botanical Greenery Invitation Suite features a beautiful watercolor leaf design throughout the invitation suite with different shades of greenery and blue.

The script font is a perfect blend between modern, classic and simple. This wedding invitation suite can be customized with new fonts, custom stamps and vellum wraps.

The Botanical Greenery design is shown on our standard Classic Crest 110 lb. white card stock. Request a sample kit today so you can see and feel all of our paper options before placing your order.

The Botanical Greenery Wedding Invitation is also available in matching reception stationery. From menus to place cards to thank you cards, we have everything you need to create a cohesive look for your wedding stationery.

You may also like these designs….

Modern Greenery Wedding Invitation
Eucalyptus Minimalist Wedding Invitation
Botanical Leaf Wedding Invitation
Elegant Greenery Wedding Invitation

The Basics: Details Cards

Tips & TricksJenn JurfComment

Everything goes on a details card: hotel, directions, shuttles, etc. No need to stress, though, because there is a simple and clean way to outline your information so that it is clear, concise, and makes everyone feel happily overprepared!

So, let’s start with size. Details cards (also called enclosure cards, reception cards, website cards, etc.) are available in 2 different sizes: Small (3.5” x 5”) and Large (4” x 6”). Please use the example invitation designs as a reference for how much information can fit on each card.

It’s all in the Details

Details cards can be used to communicate the following information:

Reception

Remember back in the wedding invitation section where we explained that your reception information should be put on a details card? This is the place!

However, this is only necessary if your ceremony and reception are being held at different locations. If they’re at the same location, you can simply add “Reception to Follow” on your invitation and that’s all.

Reception details should include the venue name, full address and start time.

Websites

Your details card is the best place to share your website. The URL can be added to the bottom of the card or included as a full section like this:

Website
For additional information, please visit our wedding website: www.carolineandshawn.com

or

Website
For additional information regarding hotel accommodations, shuttle details and other weekend events, please visit our wedding website: www.carolineandshawn.com

We do not recommend adding your website to your wedding invitation as it is a formal and keepsake item. We also don't recommend adding it to your R.S.V.P. card as guests send that back to you and will no longer have the URL if they need it within the last few weeks prior to your wedding (which is actually when they will need it the most). 

Hotel Accommodations

The most important information when sharing your guest accommodations is the hotel, the best way for guests to book and the deadline to book reservations. Here is an example of how to word these details:

Hotel Accommodations

We have reserved a block of rooms at
Marriott Walnut Creek
2355 North Main Street
Walnut Creek, California 94596
925-934-2000 (optional)
Please reference the Edwards-Bryant Wedding when booking your reservation. Reservations must be made by July 15.

Shuttle Details

If you’re providing a complimentary shuttle for your guests to and from your recommended hotel or between your ceremony and reception, it’s helpful to let them know in advance so they can plan accordingly. I would not recommend providing shuttle times on the details card as they may change closer to your wedding. It’s best to include the shuttle times on a welcome letter when they arrive at the hotel.

Directions

It’s traditional etiquette to provide directions in your wedding invitation suite. This comes from back before GPS was a thing and you would print out turn-by-turn directions before you got into your car. Remember those good ol’ days?

We still see directions incorporated these days and it’s especially crucial if your venue is off the beaten path, where the turn-by-turn directions would be more useful for your guests.

My main recommendation when providing turn-by-turn directions is to keep it as simple and easy to digest as possible. Remember when I mentioned above to use the example details cards as a reference for how much information can fit on a card? Well, too many directions can make the card jam packed. If we have to shrink down the text to accommodate everything, it could also make it difficult for guests to read, especially elderly and especially if it’s dark out when they’re driving (think more when they’re leaving the venue rather than arriving).

Adding directions is completely optional.

Gifts

Gifts should not be included anywhere in your invitation suite. This holds true with both traditional and modern etiquette experts as one of the biggest faux-pas. The best way to bridge the gap and passively mention your registry is on your website, which should also be on a details card (more on that in a minute).

Thank goodness we have websites these days! Before websites were around, it was up to the bridal party to inform guests when they ask about the couples registry information.

Well, why do we include gifts on shower invitations then? Because showers are hosted as a group effort to help the couple get started with the next chapter in their lives by giving them gifts.

Rehearsal Dinner or Other Events

Remember how I mentioned in the RSVP card section that you can have people RSVP to other events? Well, any other events need to be outlined on a details card. The details should include the event (i.e. Rehearsal Dinner), location, address, start time and anything else they need to know in advance (i.e. Attire).


Details, Details, Details

Do you think I’ve said that enough yet?

As you can see, all of the information necessary to prepare your guests for your wedding day should go on a details card. Depending on how much information you have, most of the details can fit on a single-sided small or large card. Every now and then, we’ll include 2 details cards for specific information (one for the reception and one for everything else) or do a double-sided card to make sure it’s not too crowded and easily digestible. And remember, if you have to ask where something belongs, it almost always goes on a details card!

As always, I'm happy to answer any questions in the comments below!

The Basics: R.S.V.P. Cards

Tips & TricksJenn JurfComment

Last week, we discussed the basics of the wedding invitation with what you should and shouldn’t include on the invitation. Today, I will break down the R.S.V.P. card line by line and give suggestions for supplements that could make your wedding planning process smoother.

Let’s start with the purpose of the R.S.V.P. card. R.S.V.P. stands for the French phrase “Répondez s’il vous plait” meaning “Please respond”. The purpose of the R.S.V.P. card is for your guests to respond with the requested information outlined on the card. Typically, this is regarding whether or not they will attend your wedding, but it can also include meal selections and additional useful details to help you prepare for your wedding day.

Now, let’s break down the R.S.V.P. card, line by line...

Your R.S.V.P. Card, Line by Line

R.S.V.P. Date

Your R.S.V.P. date should be about 4-6 weeks prior to your wedding date. I recommend connecting with your venue on when they need their final numbers by (usually 15-30 days in advance). Take that date and add a full week to allow a buffer to track down anyone who hasn’t R.S.V.P.’d yet.

M Line

The M line is used for the recipients to write their names on the card so that when they return it, you know who it came from. The M signifies the start of your name, for example “Ms. Jane Doe” or “Mr. John Doe”. It’s common to use either “M” or “Name(s)” to address this line. Without this section, it will be difficult to tell who is returning the card.

Meal Selections

Meal selections can be added to any R.S.V.P. card design, if the original design does not already include it. Requesting meal selections is recommended if you’re having a plated reception so that you can communicate to your venue how many guests will require each entree selection.

Meal selections can be written out as “beef”, “chicken”, “fish” or “vegetarian” or we can include animal icons in lieu of the wording. It is not recommended to write out the specific entree details (i.e. Grilled Filet Mignon with Yukon Gold Potatoes, Grilled Asparagus and Port Wine Sauce) on your R.S.V.P. card as the details may change.

When requesting meal selections, we recommend using the statement “please initial an entree selection for each guest,” followed by the selections. It’s important for you to request initials so that when the time comes for place cards, you can include the individual’s meal selection on their place card.

A line regarding dietary and/or allergy restrictions can be added to any R.S.V.P. card.

Managing Guest Count

A big concern I often hear from clients is about making it clear how many guests are included with each invitation. My first suggestion is to make sure the invitation is addressed correctly by writing out each individual name on the envelope.

Another way to manage guest count is to include the following line on your R.S.V.P. card:

“We have reserved ____ seats in your honor”

Before you send out your invitations, you will write in the number of guests (i.e. 2) you intended to include.

Other weekend events

If you’re hosting other weekend events, your R.S.V.P. card is a great way to have your guests R.S.V.P. for those events as well. For example, a rehearsal or welcome dinner and a farewell brunch. We’re happy to design two variations of your R.S.V.P. card to accommodate these additional events.

Song Requests

A fun addition to R.S.V.P. cards is requesting a song to play at the reception by simply adding:

“You’ll get me to dance if you play ____”

This is a great way to get your guests excited and easily create your playlist.


These are items that are typically included on your R.S.V.P. card. As I've mentioned before, every couple is unique and therefore, so is every invitation suite. We're happy to accommodate any other R.S.V.P. requests.

Stay tuned for next week where we will go over details cards!

As always, if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below!



 

Simple Green Wedding Invitation Design Launch

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It’s Friday the 13th!! Thank goodness it isn’t Halloween time or else I’d really be spooked. Friday the 13th is always a weird day, but that doesn’t stop me from trying to add a little color to brighten up your day!

Today, the Simple Green Wedding Invitation Suite has joined our collection. It’s a simple and versatile suite that is suitable for weddings held any time of the year.

The Simple Green Invitation Suite features a classic, dotted border at the top and bottom throughout the suite. The matching envelope liners create a unique, geometric pattern. This suite can be customized with new fonts and colors to match your wedding day.

The simple green dotted border around the invitation adds an elegant touch and ties in the matching envelope liners. The script font is simple, yet whimsical paired with my favorite sans serif in all caps.

This wedding invitation suite can be customized with matching envelope address printing as well as vellum bellybands to tie the suite together.

The Simple Green design is shown on our standard Classic Crest 110 lb. white card stock. We also offer letterpress and foil stamping as well as a variety of paper options. Request a complimentary sample kit today so you can see and feel all of our paper options before placing your order.

The Simple Green Wedding Invitation is also available in matching reception stationery. From menus to place cards to thank you cards, we have everything you need to create a cohesive look for your wedding stationery.

You may also like these designs….

Elegant Script Wedding Invitation
Misty Blue Wedding Invitation
Delicate Minimalist Wedding Invitation
Mauve & Blush Wedding Invitation

Fresh Start: Bringing the Blog Back!

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So I’ve tried it before - the frequent updates and posts jam packed with useful information, but I truly believe that the timing has to be right in order for something to work well. Let me explain…

When I first launched my blog last year, I also released a new design every week, kept up with social media posts and made sure Pinterest knew who I was, all while maintaining the sudden growth of my business. Starting that many new projects all at once and trying to give 110% to each project, led me to burn out very very quickly. Throughout the past 6 months, I’ve been working to evaluate what’s important to you and what’s important to me.

At the end of the day, you want a beautiful wedding invitation from an industry professional, and you’d like to get things done in a timely manner.

So that brings me to today with the relaunch of my blog. “What happened to your old blog?” you may ask. Well, in January, my new website launched and the blog just didn’t make the cut. Yay for fresh starts!