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Invitation Anatomy 101 - Optional Components II - Part 3 of 3
Almost there! This is the third lesson of my "Invitation Anatomy 101" list of articles. Remember, this article continues the listing of common Optional Components typically seen in invitations. While many examples are directly relevant to wedding invitations, I've tried to be broader to include the general invitation and corporate invitation components as well.
If you haven't already done so, I highly encourage reading my article "Invitation Anatomy 101 ? Typical Components" first. This article continues from "Invitation Anatomy 101 ? Optional Components I":
Optional (or Additional Components) CONTINUED:
6) Seating Cards
7) Thank You Cards
8) Residence Cards (or Change of Address Cards)
9) Website Cards
10) Electronic Cards
11) Registry Cards
Again, the list could truly fill several more pages easily. New components are being created all the time to fill the need to communicate specific messages through an invitation method. Also, other factors such as religious and cultural traditions may be incorporated into these or additional component of your invitation. Remember, part of the uniqueness of custom invitations is the personalized elements that make your invitation ? uniquely yours!
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