Planning your wedding involves detailed work. Stuffing the invitations is one task that can lead to some confusion. The most important thing to remember is that this is your wedding and, as long as it's not in poor taste, whatever you choose to do is the right way to go. With that in mind, there are a number of choices regarding what information you may include with your invitations.
Use two envelopes. The outer envelope will be stamped and addressed after the invitation and other enclosures are placed in the inner envelope.
Insert the invitation, printed side up, into the inner envelope. This envelope will contain the invitation and all other enclosures. If you have a wedding website, the URL should be placed in the lower-left corner of the invitation. Include a line in the lower-right corner indicating what guests should wear. Use a separate card if the attire requires detailed instructions.
Include a map with directions. You may include maps for the wedding and/or reception. This is useful for your guests because, aside from keeping them from getting lost, it enables them to easily locate surrounding restaurants and places of interest (important if there's a long period of time between the wedding ceremony and the start of the reception). Maps will go in the inner envelope.
Enclose a reception card. If your reception won't be held in the same location as your wedding, use this card to notify guests. The address should be included on the card. This card can also be used if only certain wedding guests will be invited to the reception.
Include information about hotels and other travel information. Give your out-of-town guests some options for affordable hotels. You can also choose to omit this card and add the information to your your wedding website.
Include a reply card with postage. Using your wedding website for RSVPs is a cost-free alternative.
Place the enclosures, with the printed sides up, on top of the invitation. Seal the envelope and place it into the outer envelope.
Don't use tissue paper unless the invitations are engraved.
It's considered poor etiquette to include registry information with your invitation.
Based in Atlanta, Vivian Crosswhite has been writing for over 15 years, with work appearing on various websites. Crosswhite has been a writing coach for high-school students in the Atlanta area. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing.