Invitation preparation is just one of the multitude of wedding planning details that most couples face. The various cards and enclosures that make up a traditional double envelope wedding invitation can be more than a little intimidating. Correctly assembling wedding invitations isn't predicated on a set of arbitrary rules but is geared toward ensuring that the guest is able to have easy access to the invitation and enclosures without the danger of anything falling out when the invitation is opened.
Things You'll Need
- Wedding invitations
- Outer envelope
- Inner envelope
- Response card envelope
- Response card
- Reception card
- Map to reception
- Small square of tissue paper
- Postage for the response card and the assembled invitation
Addressing the Invitation
Address the outer envelope. This is the larger of the two envelopes that are included in a two-envelope invitation. The recipient's address goes on the front of the envelope, and the sender's address goes on the back flap. Place adequate postage on the upper-right corner of this envelope.
Write the invited guest's name on front of the inner envelope. The inner envelope is slightly smaller than the outer envelope, and it's not gummed. Be sure to write only the guest's name and not the address.
Address the response card envelope with the recipient's address, and place a first class stamp in the upper-right corner.
Assembling the Invitation
Insert the response card inside of the response envelope, but don't seal the envelope. Tuck in the flap of the envelope.
Order reception cards when you order the invitations if the reception will be held at a different location than the wedding. The reception card gives detailed information about the event.
Prepare a small map that can be included in the invitation that will guide guests to the reception location. Wedding stationary retailers can help you create a tasteful and professional-looking map, and will print it for you.
Stack the invitation and all the enclosures before inserting them in the inner envelope. The invitation should be on the bottom of the stack, writing side down, followed by the largest enclosure. Continue to stack the enclosures, writing side up, according to size with the smallest on top. Finally, place the tissue paper on the very top of this stack.
Insert these items in the order stacked into the inner envelope. The fold of the invitation should face the bottom of the envelope and each item, with the exception of the invitation, should be writing side up as it goes into the inner envelope.
Place the inner envelope inside the outer envelope with the writing side up. Seal and mail the stuffed outer envelope.
Tips & Warnings
- Because this assembly procedure can be a little complicated, it might be a good idea to draft a team of helpers to make short work of this task. These helpers might be friends and family or could be members of the wedding party.
- The typical wedding invitation will weigh more than a standard first class letter. Check with your local post office to make sure that you have added sufficient postage to each invitation before mailing.
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