I've always had my heart set on a wedding invitation with multiple parts to it. (I've also always had this fascination with things that contain several smaller things, like matryoshka dolls.) Our invitation is made up of three flat cards, printed on both sides: one is the actual invitation, another has important details and a detachable RSVP, and a third has a map & directions. Then there's the RSVP envelope and the mini calendar reminder for guests to put in their day planner or on their fridge.
Whew. Can I just say that I'm glad we have a small guest list?
I wanted the invitations to feel personal to the recipients. The whole "suite" is held together by a band that I reverse-printed each invitee's name on. When the band comes off, it reveals the "Love, R&S" on the first card.
The directions card is a smaller, purse-friendly size. Maps are not my favorite thing to design, but I'm happy with how it turned out. On the back are detailed directions.
The last card has the nitty-gritty details and the RSVP, which can be detached. It's hard to see here, but I lightly perforated the "detach here" line with a tracing wheel.
On the back, there's a quote from A.A. Milne, aka Winnie-the-Pooh's author ("Some people care too much. I think it's called love.") and then there's a few lines for guests to write a note to us, if they'd like to. As we're getting these cards back in the mail, it's definitely making them more special to receive.
And here's the miniature calender that I gave you guys a sneak peek of a couple weeks ago. It's meant as a reminder, but a similar design could easily be used for save-the-dates.
Ok, so we're not actually inviting David Bowie. (I wish!) I printed the mailing & return addresses directly onto the envelopes, added a little bit of gold washi tape, and used my favorite stamps. Et voilà!