At Home Cards
Paperia | February 2014
What is an “At Home Card” and are they necessary?
An At Home Card is a small, typically flat, card inserted with a wedding invitation suite or with your wedding announcement which specifically serves to communicate two main points:
- A change of address, and its effective date, for the bride and/or groom
- A change of name for the bride and/or groom
The purpose of this card, traditionally, was to alert those in the couple’s social circle as to when they would be returning from their honeymoon and to what address they may be called upon as newlyweds. Because cohabitation before marriage was rare, a nuptial celebration almost always included a change of address. And, because social media outlets, like Facebook and Twitter, did not exist, it was not as easy to notify all of a couple’s friends and family of their return.
Today, At Home Cards can certainly still function to indicate a change of address, but they are even more helpful in communicating name changes – especially when they are untraditional. For example, if the bride is keeping her maiden name or adopting a hyphenated last name, she may save a lot of time and effort correcting people in the future if she communicates this via an At Home Card. Or, if it is a same sex marriage and the couple would like to be upfront about how they would like to be addressed after their union, an At Home Card would be a perfect means to express such wishes.
Check out this example from Crane & Co.
Interested? Be sure to discuss the possibility of an At Home Card with an invitation specialist from The Paperia for more details!