what’s in an invitation

From the invitation suite to the day-of pieces, wedding stationery can get pretty complicated! Here are the pieces you may want to include in your wedding invitation and day-of stationery.

What to Include in a Wedding Invitation - Invitation, Envelope, Reply Card, Reply Envelope, Enclosure Card

The Basics


The invitation contains all of the necessary information about your wedding – who’s getting married, where and when – and sometimes other details as well. For advice on how to word your invitation, visit our Wedding Invitation Wording page.


The reply card will be sent back to you; it has a place for guests’ names and will indicate if they’ll be attending your event.

Tip: Be sure to add postage to your reply envelope as a courtesy to your guests!


An insert card can be included to provide additional details about the event. This could be accommodation information,
a directions or map card, or reception details. The insert card is usually a little larger than the reply card, and can be printed on both sides to provide additional room.


Let us print your envelopes to save you time and stress! Learn more about our Envelope Addressing options.

What's in a Wedding Invitation - Envelope Liners, Thank You Notes, Belly Bands

The Extras


Envelope liners are a great way to add a fun pop of color and pattern to your invitation, and elevate the entire suite. Liners come assembled into envelopes, or unassembled, if you’re feeling crafty!


Patterned belly bands also add color – to use a belly band, you simply wrap it around the invitation suite (excluding the invitation envelope) and adhere it in the back with a small piece of double-sided tape before sliding the wrapped cards into the envelope.


A rehearsal dinner invitation may be a separate mailing from your invitation, or it can be included as an insert card with the invitation suite.


We highly recommend ordering Thank You Notes with your invitation suite or Day-of Pieces; when the gifts start arriving, often well before the ceremony, you’ll be prepared. Plus, you can use your thank you cards for non-wedding gifts as well, so be sure to order more than you need!

What's in a Wedding Invitation - Day of Pieces, Programs, Menus, Escort Cards, Placecards

Day-of Basics


Programs feature the couple’s names and ceremony date, as well as an overview of the ceremony and names of the wedding party. Some couples include a thank you message to guests or a favorite quote as well. In addition to flat cards or booklet (folded) programs, we’ve also done programs as fans, which make a wonderful accessory for outdoor weddings in warm weather.


Menus are often provided at each place setting. This can be especially helpful for any guests with food allergies, and makes a great keepsake.


Escort cards are printed with the guests’ name and table number and are usually arranged all together on a table at the reception. Placecards are similar, but are placed at each guest’s individual seat at each table.


If you’ll be providing guests with a welcome bag upon arrival, it’s a great idea to include an events card in the bag! An events card is the perfect opportunity to let guests know about casual events happening during the wedding weekend, from a pool party to a post-wedding brunch.

Tip: You can also include an events card with your invitation suite if you know these details far enough in advance.

Other Day-of pieces might include signage for a guest book, photo booth or bar area, table numbers, favor tags, coasters, and more. Email hello@www.finedaypress.com to create a personalized Day-of estimate for your event.

Shop Wedding Invitations

Learn more about our invitations…

How to Word Wedding Invitations

Free Wedding Invitation Sample Button

How to Order Wedding Invitations