Today we want to discuss one of the most important aspects of wedding planning – without this item, the wedding just won’t happen! What can this uber important element be? The invitation suite and paper goods, of course! We have teamed up with the super talented team at Basic Invite to bring you some amazing invitation tips and inspiration. And don’t forget to check out all of our amazing local DC area wedding couples who have some amazing paper goods of their own!


First and foremost, you must know that an invitation suite does not just include a simple invite asking guests to attend your wedding. There are so many different items that are included in the suite that cannot be forgotten! The save the date generally goes out first and alerts your guest that a special event will be happening on such and such date and that they should block off that day (or weekend!) on the calendar. Generally, this is the first glimpse into your wedding for your guests so it’s a good idea to have it fit the overall theme and aesthetic of the day. A lot of couples like to go with a photo save the date – created from those amazing engagement photos we know you took – with a more formal invitation to follow. If you want to go with a cohesive set for your entire wedding suite, Basic Invite’s items are all part of a set, making it super easy on you! You can find everything from save the dates to wedding invitations and enclosure cards, wedding menus, wedding programs and even matching thank you cards to finish it off! They make it simple – you won’t have to pick each item individually and hope that the work together – you know that each element will fit together perfectly.


Once you get to the actual wedding day invitation you want it to fit both your personalities and the day. If a couple is having a super modern wedding, they will want their invitations to fit the design plan so they might utilize a modern font and clean lines as opposed to a couple with a barn wedding who might include rustic elements like a burlap tie or a lacy accent. Whatever design you choose, Basic Invite has a set for you! They have almost unlimited colors with instant previews so you can see how everything is coming together throughout the process. Still not so sure if the design if right for you? No problem! They provide you with the ability to order a printed sample of your own invitation so you can see just what it will look like, even down to the tiniest detail, before you have to place your big order. You may think that seeing your invitation before you order hundreds isn’t a huge deal breaker, but it is. With so many options and details to pick out, you can never be too sure!


When it comes to your suite as a whole, don’t forget to include an RSVP card, an envelope for the initial send off and one to include for guests to respond back with, and any other wedding enclosure cards; these would include directions, rehearsal dinner info, registry info, and hotel room blocks. There are so many things to remember and we are so thankful that Basic Invite makes it easy with their incredible sets.

When the wedding day comes, sometimes couples forget how many paper items they might need. Don’t forget to consider menus, escort cards, ceremony programs, guest books and more! When the day is over and you are officially married to the love of your life, you might want to consider your thank you cards. If you would like for your thank you cards to match the rest of your set, Basic Invite has those too, and although they won’t relieve you of the task of writing all of those thank yous, you won’t have to worry about how they look! You know they will fit perfectly in with your all-around design plan.

For even more amazing paper goods inspiration, check out our wedding day invitation inspiration and other Washington DC area real weddings.

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