A wedding invitation has so many important parts – the wedding invitation card itself, the response card and a corresponding pre-addressed return envelope, the invitation’s mailing envelope, and – an underestimated but very important piece – the details card.
What goes into a details card, you ask? Here are just a few wedding details we recommend including on the details card in your wedding invitation suite:
- Reception Details
This is an excellent spot for you to communicate your reception information to your guests, especially if it’s in a different location than your ceremony. You can let guests know what to expect – for example, a cocktail hour and dinner reception – as well as what the reception attire will be.
Most brides and grooms will have guests traveling a distance to get to their wedding weekend. It is important to provide them with recommendations for hotels, especially since they are likely unfamiliar with the wedding location and general area. You can take things a step further by making it easy for guests, providing them with a pre-arranged discounted room rate (simply by mentioning your predetermined guest code). For accommodations, we recommend providing your guests with at least two hotel options. Be sure to also let them know the reservation deadline, so they don’t procrastinate!
- Parking Information
Especially if your wedding ceremony and reception are taking place in a large metro area (hello, Indianapolis!), it’s important to help your guests navigate your wedding day as seamless as possible. With that, we recommend offering parking recommendations, and even arranging complimentary valet parking, should your venue and budget allow.
- Wedding Website
You know the etiquette rule – do NOT include your wedding registry or any mention of wedding gifts on your wedding invitation. Not anywhere inside the invitation envelope. No, no, no! Major faux pax.
Instead, you are absolutely etiquette-approved to direct your guests to the wedding website for “additional wedding details.” The wedding website is a PERFECT spot to mention your wedding registries, and circumvents the big “no no” of mentioning your registries anywhere in your invitation suite.
- Other Wedding Weekend Events
So many of our clients are planning other events during their wedding weekend, in order to help guests feel included in all of the hoopla. And we are loving it! Two of the most common wedding weekend events we see are a Welcome Party (a cocktail hour a night or two before the wedding, focusing mostly on the guests who have travelled for the wedding) and a Farewell Brunch (the morning after the wedding, giving guests a chance to bid farewell to the newlyweds before departing for the honeymoon).
If you find that you have a large amount of wedding information to include on your details card, you can always order double-sided cards, or even include multiple details cards. Should you select a pocketfold or clutch pocket card for your wedding invitation design, the pocket will provide an excellent way to keep your wedding invitation pieces (especially the details cards) stacked neatly and organized.
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Are you currently planning a wedding ceremony and detailed wedding weekend in Indianapolis, Carmel, Zionsville, Brownsburg, Westfield, Greenwood, or elsewhere in Central Indiana? We would love to help you with your custom invitation suite & guide you through the invitation creation process! You can email us at email@example.com for a custom quote and additional information regarding our custom design process for wedding stationery.
Best wishes in your wedding planning!
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Your wedding ceremony program booklet will be one of the most detailed and intimate stationery pieces you will put together for your wedding day. If you are planning a full mass Catholic wedding ceremony, that level of detail is increasingly higher.
First thing’s first, your full mass Catholic ceremony program should show both your love together for your Catholic faith, along with your love and appreciation for those in attendance.
With that said, a Catholic ceremony program has two important goals:
- Notate all of the important proceedings occurring throughout the full mass wedding ceremony, and emphasize their importance to your wedding day and union.
- Guide all guests through the full mass ceremony, to ensure they feel included and informed.
No fear, we have helped countless couples create lovely program booklets for their full mass Catholic ceremonies. We have handfuls of samples you are welcome to reference, as you go through our custom design and digital proofing process. Also, your Catholic ceremony officiant will be a crucial tool in helping you determine what details to include. Oftentimes, they provide the exact text and layout they would prefer to be used in your full mass Catholic ceremony program, along with hymns to also include.
We start off by recommending a classic and elegant cover for your ceremony program booklet. This typically ties in your wedding colors in a subtle and elegant way. We can also incorporate a lovely print style, such as thermography or gold foil, to add incredible detailing.
A large amount of clients also opt to include a lovely binding material, such as satin ribbon, silk ribbon, or gold cord. We also have clients who select a shimmer paper band instead, to hold the booklet closed and add another level of color and texture to their full mass Catholic ceremony program booklet.
Inside the booklet, it is important to use fonts that are easy to read, and a format and layout that is easy for guests to follow. This is an important reason to hire a custom wedding stationery designer to pull all of these details together for you. We will make sure your program is a perfect and informative piece for your guests – whether they are Catholic or not familiar with the religion’s protocol, the program helps guide them through the ceremony proceedings, ensuring everyone is comfortable and fully present during your wedding day.
Finally, your ceremony program booklet should also include other standard sections that are also included in smaller scale wedding ceremonies and secular wedding ceremonies. Below is a summary of other sections we see clients include in their full mass Catholic wedding ceremony program books:
- Wedding Party
This section mentions all living parents and grandparents, along with all of the individuals partaking in your wedding ceremony – bridesmaids, groomsmen, ushers, readers, musicians, and officiant, and any others who play a special part in your wedding ceremony.
- In Loving Memory
This section allows you to acknowledge those who are unable to be there in the flesh, but are forever in your hearts. Oftentimes, clients include their names and relationship(s) to the couple. You may also include a special poem, quote or scripture.
- Thank You Note from the Bride and Groom
This is exactly as it sounds – it is a note from you, the bride and groom, to your guests. It allows you the chance to thank them and acknowledge them for all they’ve done during your lives and relationship, as well as thank them for sharing in your wedding day.
- Reception Directions and Details
This is a great opportunity to reiterate your reception information to your guests. Let them know what time the reception begins (if it is not immediately following the ceremony), directions to the reception hall, and parking information.
If you’re currently planning a full mass Catholic wedding ceremony in Indianapolis, Carmel, Zionsville, Brownsburg, Westfield, Greenwood or further, we hope this information was helpful! If you find you’d like additional help from someone who’s created countless Catholic ceremony programs, you are welcome to email us for a custom quote at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best wishes in your wedding planning!
Our main service that we provide here at Interprintation is full service custom design for wedding invitations and wedding day stationery.
What does this entail, you ask? We’re happy to give you a run down of all the perks you’ll receive through our full service invitation design process.
This invitation design service allows you to be as present as you wish throughout the design process. Initially, you will meet with the owner and lead designer, Cari Bowersock, to discuss your wedding color and paper selections and invitation design style. This meeting will also allow you the chance to look at invitation add on options – such as custom wax seals, silk ribbon, double envelope sets, pocketfolds, vellum gatefold wraps, and even custom laser cut bands and wraps. You’ll also be able to look at samples for various printing methods, including letterpress, gold foil (also called foil stamping), thermography (raised ink), debossing, embossing, and digital offset printing. Other new trends we are also beginning to offer are deckled edge paper, velvet and other textured papers.
After our meeting & once you’ve submitted your custom design retainer fee, the fun part begins – the custom design process! You will receive a batch of custom wedding invitation designs in the form of PDF documents. This will allow you to see various calligraphy, serif and san serif fonts, along with a variety of design elements, based on the details discussed during the initial meeting. We are committed to transforming your wedding style and inspiration into a custom wedding invitation – designed especially with you and your fiancé in mind.
As you can see above, the design process allows you to make font and design changes, making it truly customized to your special wedding day.
If you are not local to the Indianapolis area, we are happy to work with you remotely! We often work with clients in other areas outside central Indiana, so this is no problem at all. You will still receive the upmost attention and customer service that our Indianapolis area brides receive. Our digital wedding invitation design process works great for brides in any location, whether that be in Indianapolis, Carmel, Brownsburg, Zionsville, Greenwood, Whitestown, Louisville, KY, Chicago, IL or beyond.
The fun doesn’t stop there though! Once the wedding invitation design process is completed and the wedding invitations are mailed out, we will begin the custom design process for your wedding day stationery. The most commonly requested wedding day stationery items are wedding ceremony programs, wedding reception menus, seating charts, seating cards, place cards, table numbers, and favor tags. Other popular add on items are wedding weekend itineraries, coasters, beverage napkins, signature drink signs and other reception signs.
We also offer laser cutting services! We have laser machines in-house and do all of this here in the studio. We love helping clients create laser cut wood and acrylic items for their wedding backdrops, laser cut wood place cards for guests’ plates, laser cut wood or acrylic table numbers, and even laser cut paper items – menus are the most popularly requested laser cut items!
We love serving Indianapolis and central Indiana brides with our custom graphic design services – we feel it adds a personal feel to the wedding invitation ordering process. It’s your most special day, and we’re so honored to help!
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