Wedding invitations are like the diamond in your ring setting -- they're what everybody is waiting to see! Plus, they'll probably be the only piece of your stationery suite that your guests will remember. Unlike that shiny rock on your finger, however, your wedding invitations will provide the people on your invite list with more than just gossip-ready information.
Your invites will contain your names; the date, time and exact location of the event; and the hosts' names. Inside the invite's inner envelope, you'll tuck an RSVP card with a stamped, self-addressed return envelope. You'll also want to include maps, directions and lodging information on a separate insert, even if you already sent out accommodation cards.
Many wedding invitations also include separate reception cards if the reception information isn't listed on the main invite. Reception cards may simply say, "Please join us for dinner and dancing at [your location]," or they may be printed with detailed directions to the venue. These are a must for any bride who'd rather form a conga line than a search party, as it's easy for out-of-town guests to get lost in unfamiliar territory.