If you are starting to plan a wedding, you might find yourself confused about what exactly constitutes an "invitation suite." This term refers to all of the paper products related to your big day, which should use matching or complementary card stock to provide a cohesive, unified effect. After all, save-the-dates and invitations will provide guests with their very first glimpses of your soiree, so it's best to make them count. Here are the items that should be included in every invitation suite, according to Brides magazine:
- Save-the-date cards: This is the first time you officially reach out to your guests, typically several months before the big day. (More notice is always better!) Don't forget to use matching custom envelopes.
- Invitations: These should arrive six to eight weeks before your wedding, etiquette advisor Patricia Napier-Fitzpatrick tells Martha Stewart Weddings. Be sure to consider design details that are easy to overlook, such as the lining of the envelopes.
- Reception cards: Reception details should be printed or penned on separate pieces of stationery.
- RSVP cards: Make it easy for your guests to RSVP by sending a pre-stamped envelope along with the card. These should also be made using your official wedding stationery.
Remember that if your save-the-date cards, invitations and RSVP cards are all made in different styles, your wedding will seem haphazard and poorly planned. Execute your design vision by choosing one or two high-quality cotton paper selections to use across your entire invitation suite. We recommend Reich Paper's luxurious Savoy series, now available in several shades of white and grey, or our equally well-crafted Odeon line. For an accent, consider using our CT vellum paper, which boasts unparalleled clarity and printability.