What to Include with Your Wedding Invitation

Different inserts you can send out with your wedding invites

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When picking your wedding invitations you need to consider if you’ll be sending any inserts along with the cards, and if so, which ones. There are quite a few different types of inserts you can include, some essential, others not so much. It’s up to you what you choose, but be selective otherwise you’ll end up spending a fortune on postage.

Here’s a list of the different cards you can include and what their purpose is:

  • Reception cards — these cards are used to invite your guests to your wedding reception, and include details of the venue as well as the day, time and date. You would only need to use these if the reception is taking place at a different venue to the ceremony.
  • Response cards — also known as RSVP cards, these inserts allow guest to reply to your invite, telling you whether they’ll attend or not and informing you of any dietary requirements so you can notify your venue. They’re probably the most important insert you could include. You should send a stamped, addressed invite with them so your guests can send them straight back.
  • Within the ribbon cards — these cards can also be called pew cards, and are useful if you have a particular place you want your guests to sit during your ceremony. Usually you would mark special pews at the ceremony with ribbons, and then inform your guests if they are to sit in the beribboned area.
  • At home cards — these are not so common nowadays, as traditionally they were used to inform guests of the married couple’s new residence and when they’d return from honeymoon. As many couples already live together and don’t always honeymoon straight after the wedding, these have become somewhat obsolete. They are useful though if you’re moving or taking a particularly long honeymoon.
  • Accommodation cards — these inserts are intended from guests coming from out-of-town or from abroad. They will either inform the guest if overnight accommodation has been arranged, or recommend local hotels they can book into.
  • Map or direction cards — again intended for guests travelling from afar, they provide maps or directions to the venue. They can also be useful if you’re marrying somewhere that is tricky to find, whether the guests are local or not.


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