Designed to match your wedding invitation suite, enclosure cards are additional cards that are sent as part of your wedding invitation suite. The purpose of these additional enclsoure cards is to communicate specific information to your guests that are not included elsewhere on the invitation.
There is no right or wrong number of enclosure cards that should be part of your wedding invitation suite because every wedding is unique. Some weddings do not require any additional enclosure cards to go along with the invitation and RSVP card where other weddings require additional enclosure cards for hotel accommodations, directions and reception information.
Weddings are complex events often with guests traveling from far and near. Enclosure cards can provide additional information and details about your wedding that you don’t want to cram onto your actual wedding invitation.
The information you include on your enclosure card(s) will vary depending on your wedding day but below are a few common suggestions:
The RSVP / Response card indicates who is coming to your wedding, when guests need to reply by, meal choice options if included and any other special requests you may have. See our section on Wedding RSVP Wording for more ideas and information.
Reception Cards are typically sent when the reception is being held at a different location than the ceremony such as a church ceremony with the reception at a country club.
Please join us for
Dinner and dancing following the ceremony
Cocktail Hour 5:00 PM
Dinner Served at 7:00 PM
Snyder County Country Club
Reception immediately following ceremony
Snyder County Country Club
4 Country Club Drive
Along with written directions, have a map of the area printed on an enclosure card so that your guests can easily find their destination (with or without a GPS). Your guests will thank you.
An enclosure card with important travel info is a helpful for those traveling from out of town or to your destination wedding. Good information to include: website, phone numbers, travel dates, hotel options, car rental info, things to see and do, etc.
Include a schedule of events for your guests if there is plenty of sightseeing or if you have a week/weekend of fun events planned.
Whether your guest list includes a lot of out-of-town guests or you just want to provide a convenient way for your guests to get to an from the hotel, ceremony and reception, if you are providing a shuttle or transportation service for your wedding, you want to inform your family and friends about all those details.
Provide the travel itinerary; whether from the hotel(s) to the ceremony, hotel(s) to ceremony and reception, or reception to hotel(s) at the end of the night, be sure to give all the specifics including times, and stops. Below are a few examples:
Transportation will be provided to and from the wedding ceremony and reception from the Comfort Inn & Suites. Shuttles will depart from the hotel lobby 45 minutes prior to each event and return every half-hour beginning at 8pm. The final shuttle departs the reception at 11pm.
Shuttles will leave The Hilton at 3:15pm and take guests to the Wedding Ceremony at Delaware Seashore State Park.
Following the reception, shuttles will return at 10:00pm.
Transportation will be provided from the ceremony to the reception.
Shuttles will depart immediately following the wedding ceremony.
Transportation to and from the ceremony and reception will be provided for guests staying at the Comfort Inn & Suites.
Please return this card with your RSVP if you plan on utilizing the shuttle. Thank you.
Pick-up to the Ceremony – Holiday Inn 3:00pm and Sea Esta III 3:20pm
Pick-up to the hotels – Indian River Marina 8:00pm
The thought of booking a block of rooms at a nearby hotel sounds scary…and expensive. It’s actually quite easy and you don’t actually pay for the rooms. Many hotels offer a discounted group rate when large parties of people book rooms at the same hotel. Reserving a block of rooms simply means you are asking the hotel to set aside a certain number of rooms for a range of dates so your guests are able to reserve rooms and not be stuck hunting down a hotel to stay in.
Hotels will typically give a code or name to the block and as long as guests use the code by a certain date, guest are guaranteed a room when they book.
When providing this information, be sure to include the name, address and phone number of the hotel or hotels. You may choose to include the hotel website as well. If you have made a group rate with the hotel, inform your guests how they can receive the discount when they book their hotel rooms. Lastly, Include a date in which, reservations should be made. Group rate blocks often have an expiration date and your guest will want to know that.
Typical wording for hotel accommodations:
For your convenience, a block of rooms has been reserved at:
The Comfort Inn & Suites
2918 Route 15 South | Lewisburg, PA 17867
Please reference the “Smith-Johnson” Wedding when making your reservation.
Please make your reservations by June 3rd to receive the special group rate.
Your directions card should include the complete address of the venue or location of the ceremony and/or reception. Then, below the address, include detailed, step-by-step driving directions for your guest to follow. Make sure that no matter the direction your guests are traveling from they will be able to easily understand your directions and make it on time. You may choose to include two sets of directions for guests coming from the north and guest driving from the south, for example.
Pro Tip: Many venues have pre-written directions on their website that you can use.
If you are turning your wedding into a weekend of festivities for your guests to enjoy, including the additional events on an enclosure card is a great way to keep them tuned in to all the celebrating. These additional events may include a welcome dinner or drinks, rehearsal dinner, a round of golf, or a post-wedding brunch.
Be sure to include the day and time of the event and what the activity is. Also add the address of each event.
If you need a head count for these additional events, also be sure to include a date and RSVP information.
Your wedding invitation should clearly convey the formality of the wedding you are planning but it may not be enough to make knowing proper attire easy, depending on your wedding location.
Including an attire card, can be helpful information to advise your guests on what to wear. Some commonly used wedding attire is, Black Tie(tuxedos for men and formal gowns for women), Formal(suit and tie for men and dresses for women), Semi-Formal (suit and tie for men and cocktail dresses for women),and Cocktail Attire (suits for men and party dresses for women.). Although you may not be able to make your guest wear specific attire it’s always best to offer encouragement, if your wedding is outdoors and on a lawn, it nice to inform your guests to wear shoes appropriate for the lawn. Let your guests know to wear something that matches the theme of the wedding such as country, garden, beach, all white, etc. There are many ways to inform your guest what to wear in a fun and lighthearted way:
Including your wedding website on an enclosure card to tell guests where they can find even more information about your wedding is a great idea.
Taking the time to create a website (they are free) allows you to tell your guests things they may have questions about as well as share some details about your relationship that they may not already know.
Here is a list of things you may want to include on your wedding website:
Simple way to word your website:
For more information about our wedding, visit our wedding website:
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