Our Guide to Wedding Suite Essentials

Love is in the air, and wedding season is finally upon us! With things slowly returning to some sort of normalcy, we’re certain that everyone who either had to postpone their wedding due to the pandemic or recently got engaged is particularly looking forward to their very important day. This one special day requires plenty of planning, budgeting, and attention to detail; it’s exciting, but it can get overwhelming very quickly. We’re here to lend a hand in one important aspect of the big day — let us help you create your perfect wedding suite! 

What is a Wedding Suite?

A wedding suite consists of the stationery sent to all of your guests — the main components are an invitation, usually in the form of a postcard, an RSVP card, also in the form of a smaller postcard, an envelope (pre-stamped and addressed) to return the RSVP card, and an envelope for the entire set. There are extras you can include, but the pieces that are absolutely essential are the 4 products mentioned.  

Invitations are usually printed on two popular postcard sizes – either 4” x 6”, or 5” x 7”. The size really depends on your personal preference and how room you need for all of the necessary information. The best part is, you can use both sides of the postcard, so you really don’t need to go any larger than a 5” x 7” postcard. 

What to include on the invitation:

  1. Names of couple getting married
  2. Date
  3. Time
  4. Address
  5. Dress code
  6. Any other additional important details for the special day

The most common size for an RSVP card is a 3” x 5” horizontal postcard. You can also go smaller than this 

What to include on the RSVP card:

  1. A date to RSVP by 
  2. A long blank line where guests can write out their names
  3. A place to select either “Happily attending” or Regretfully declines” (you can include whatever verbiage you’d like, as long as you give guests both options.
  4. Meal preference selection (if applicable) — this applies to those who will need to know their guests’ meal preferences ahead of time
  5. If you have a limit to how many guests you’d like to invite, whether that’s because your venue has a capacity, or you’ve budgeted for a set amount of people ahead of time, you can easily include a line on the RSVP card that says “Invitation reserved for X people” and include the number each invitation/household permits before sending to your guests

 Some people have started to take advantage of the digital age by providing an online method for RSVPing. If you choose to go the digital route, you can simply skip out on items 2-4, and include the link for guests to RSVP on the web. 

If choosing the standard 3” x 5” postcard size for your RSVP cards, the envelope size equivalent would be an A-1 envelope. You can get these blank or customized to your liking. 

What to include on the small return envelope:

  1. A stamp, so guests can mail the card back to you with ease
  2. The receiving address (your address)

And finally, you’ll need an envelope to put all three prints in to mail out to each guest. If your invitation is a 4″ x 6″ size, the envelope size you’d need is an A-4. If it is a 5″ x 7″ postcard, you’ll need A-7 envelopes.

Choosing a Design and Paper Type

1. Matte Cards with a Specialty Finish

  • Print Postcards on 16 pt. Premium Matte Cover
  • Choose the specialty add-on finish of Raised Foil in either gold, silver, or rose gold to highlight certain elements of your prints
  • Envelopes are printed on a 70 lb. Opaque Smooth White stock

2. Shimmering Cards

  • Print Postcards on 18 pt. Premium Pearl — this provides a beautiful pearlescent finish (best part, no residue of glitter!)
  • This stock pairs well with light-colored designs – our best recommendation is to use this stock for light floral designs
  • Envelopes are printed on a 70 lb. Opaque Smooth White stock

3. Eco-friendly Kraft Cards

  • Print Postcards on 18 pt. Premium Kraft — Perfect for the conscious consumer
  • This stock is perfect for simple, understated designs. We recommend black designs. We are not able to print white ink on this paper material.
  • Envelopes are printed on a 70 lb. Opaque Smooth White stock

4. Thick, Textured Colored Edge Cards

  • Print postcards on 35 pt. Trifecta Pearl with Kanvas Finish
  • The texture of these cards adds elegance to any wedding invitation. The edge is a faint pearl color and pairs best with any design.
  • Envelopes are printed on a 70 lb. Opaque Smooth White stock

5. Thin, Woven Cards

  • Print postcards on 13 pt. Premium Linen
  • The woven texture of these cards isn’t excessive, but it’s a nice touch that pairs well with botanical designs.
  • Envelopes are printed on a 70 lb. Opaque Smooth White stock

Additional components you can include in your wedding suite
If your wedding is a destination wedding, or your guest list expands to various geographic regions, consider including a separate informational card that includes a list of hotels and stays, or if you need to let your guests know that you’ve reserved a hotel block for your party. Guests will appreciate this helpful gesture.

We have hundreds of design templates you can choose from to customize to your liking and create the perfect wedding suite. And! That’s not all, you order all the prints you need for before, on, and after your special day directly from our website – including placement cards, signage, and thank you cards.

Creating a wedding suite may seem daunting, but at the end of the day, it’s much easier than it seems, and your desired vision is what matters the most. In tune with a hassle-free experience, you’ll have almost every print you need to make your wedding day special, all in one place.

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